Interesting facts about Houndstooth sweets

Crow's Feet sweets were very popular in the Soviet Union. Moreover, many citizens of the country were convinced that the "Hound's Feet" was an invention of Soviet confectioners. But, in fact, they appeared much earlier - back in the 19th century.

In 1804, Stepan Nikolaev, a serf peasant from the Penza province, with the permission of the landowner, went to Moscow to work in order to pay the rent. In his homeland, Stepan was engaged in the manufacture of jam, marshmallow, marmalade from apples that were grown in the garden of the landowners. And in Moscow he continued his business - he made sweets to order. Having earned the required amount, he bought himself and his family free.

His descendants already bore the surname Abrikosovs. True, some biographers believe that at first their surname was not the Abrikosovs, but the Obrekosovs in memory of their ancestor, who went to work to pay the rent. In the second half of the 19th century, the Abrikosovs were the owners of an entire confectionery empire, where they produced hundreds of tons of sweets and chocolate. In 1899, the entrepreneurs received the title of "Supplier of the Court of His Imperial Majesty".

Sweets with the unusual name "Hound's Feet" were very popular among buyers. Who had the idea to call them that? Despite the fact that "Crow's Feet" is produced in our time, there is no consensus on the origin of the "bird" name. But there are a huge number of versions.

Some connoisseurs have claimed that the candies contain goose fat, which was used to thicken the caramel. After all, no artificial thickeners at that time simply did not exist. Others insisted that Crow's Feet was not candy, but a medicine that helps children get rid of flat feet. And to make children more willing to use it, the medicine was "disguised" as a delicious candy.

There was another “pharmacy” version: the “Goose Feet” candies are useful for treating throat diseases, since the herb was added to the nut butter - Potentilla goose, which our ancestors used for a long time as a cure for many diseases.

Another, no less interesting, assumption. The candies were made as follows: a caramel tube was filled with filling and cut with a knife. From this process, the edges of the candies turned out to be flattened, similar to the legs of geese. Or duck noses, whichever you prefer. By the way, originally this variety of sweets was called "Duck Noses".

At the time when the Abrikosovs began to produce their sweets with an unusual name, geese were driven to fairs on their own. Moreover, the birds had to travel long distances. But in order to prevent the geese from injuring their paws, an unusual "shoe" was invented for them. First, the flock was chased on warm tar, and then on dry sand. The paws were reliably protected, and the geese safely got to the right place. Everything is like in "Hound's Feet" candies - soft inside, and a durable layer on top.

However, there is also the most practical version. The Abrikosovs loved to give their products unusual names so that the very inscription on the wrapper would attract the buyer. For example, in addition to Crow's Feet, the production of Crayfish Tails and Lilliput marmalade was also produced.

In 1918, the Abrikosovs' factory was nationalized, and in 1922 it was named in honor of P. A. Babayev, the chairman of the Sokolniki regional executive committee.