Jujube fruits have been around far longer than the candy, growing in warm, dry climates around the world since the trees were domesticated in China 4,000 years ago. In addition to being eaten fresh, dried or candied, the fruits are used in traditional Chinese and Korean medicine.
The popular movie theater candy came much later, but it also had a medicinal use.
At the turn of the century, jujubes were thought good for chest complaints. Those candies originally contained jujube juice, and they may have been popular in theaters because people didn't want to cough and disturb their neighbors. Now they're just chewy, gum-based candies with any sort of fruit flavor.
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Did you know about this connection between the two types of jujubes?