In Ancient Greece, the almond was dipped in honey before being eaten. A legend associates it with love. A young Greek man, who was due to marry the girl he loved, was obliged, before the wedding, to return to Athens where his father had just died. He promised his future wife he would return before the wedding day. But he had underestimated the journey time and returned three months after the date had passed. During the interval, his intended, convinced that her love would never return, took her own life by hanging herself. The gods, touched by this proof of such an overwhelming love, changed her into an almond tree. The tree began to blossom when the young man offered it his eternal love.
In the early 13th century, sugared almonds were sold to pregnant women by apothecaries, as benign medicines for their pregnancy.
However, it was only in the 16th century that the sugared almond became popular.
Sugared almonds are thus the main symbol of guaranteed eternal love, fertility and the young couple's descendants. Today, sugared almonds are given to wedding guests as a mark of the couple's affection.