The drop was the king of candy before a wartime brass shortage ate all the machines, but it's not hard to see why they were so popular. Elaborate, handmade, and tasty, after watching this video, you'll want nothing more than to eat an amber drop hot off the presses.

Today, you may occasionally have a cough drop when you're ill or grab a handful of cherry drops while you wait for a haircut, but drops no longer dominate the candy scene. Furthermore, modern drops are like large, smooth pills, when once drops came in a glorious variety of shapes and sizes. Check out this short film to see how it used to be done, before large machines just injected sugar into molds.