George Carameros Forgotten King of Cactus Candy

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George D. Carameros did not invent cactus candy. But like many other Greek immigrant confectioners his culinary innovations perfected a confection that is said to have first originated with the Aztecs. Again, like many other Greek immigrants of his generation, Carameros’ road to fame and fortune was a long and winding venture.

To begin with (and without going into lengthy details) there are a wide variety of candies made from an equally wide variety of cacti. In Carameros’ case he first …

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