The word sweetness, sweetness in candies and sugar, was called saccharon in Greek and Sacchrine in Roman. After conquering the surrounding lands, which was subsequently most of the southern Mediterranean, the Arabs conquered it in 1000 AD. They built the first sugar refinery ever on the island of Crete which is close to Greek. The factory, if you could call it that, was named Quandi, which doesn’t resemble the English word candy for nothing. The word caramel came from Arabic languages too. It was named kurat al milh meaning a sweet ball of salt.
Today they have became a staple in the American society, they are virtual consumed every minute, every day by someone, somewhere.