We are all familiar with those little peppermint Christmas candies called Humbugs. They're delicious and pepperminty, but once they're placed in a candy dish and exposed to the air, they eventually weld themselves together until they are one solid mass. Pick up one humbug, and the whole bowl of candies comes with it. But, what would Christmas be without them?
During the rest of the year, Humbugs are a butterscotch/peppermint candy, brown and white striped. In Canada they are often flavoured with maple syrup. And yes, they still retain their ability to meld together into one big lump of candy, once they bag is opened. They're known for collecting lint in the recesses of pockets and hand bags. But, brush off the lint, and they're as good as new.
At work today we tried to find the origin of the name of this candy, without any success. We Googled it, we Wikipedia'd it, we did everything, without any luck. So, your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to discover the origin of the name "Humbug" as it relates to the little striped candy. And no, it has nothing to do with a certain Mr. Scrooge and his opinion of Christmas. A bag of Humbugs, complete with Canadian maple syrup, will be awarded to the person who finds the history of the name of this candy.