From ancient times, Chios was well known for the excellent quality of its products, especially for its abundance and variety of seasonal fruits. Grapes and figs constituted the base of this variety which was gradually enriched by almonds, pistachios, walnuts, apples, quince, sour cherries and cherries, as well as citrus fruits, in other words, bitter oranges, famous chian tangerines, oranges and bergamots.
In order to extend the consumption of these seasonal fruits as long as possible, many preservation methods were applied. The safest and simplest method turned out to be the boiling and the preservation of the fruits in some kind of syrup. The creation of various recipes depends on the herbs, the spices or other flavoring substances added in the boiling water. When refined sugar came into play, the use of the ancient Mediterranean sweetening substances, such as honey, molasses, carob honey, etc, gradually declined.
The traditional spoon sweet recipes were primarily used in the production of homemade sweets of the spoon. However, as time passed, these traditional recipes formed the base of the production of spoon sweets by large and well organized manufacturers.
The spoon sweet played a central part in social life, since there was some kind of semiotics that associated the different facts of life with the color and the kind of sweets offered in each occasion. Therefore, people served white sweets at marriage announcements, colored sweets in celebrations, dark-colored sweets in mourning and so on.