Are there any folklore about a woman or man that gives candy, and sweets to children?

Question by Breanna: Are there any folklore about a woman or man that gives candy, and sweets to children?
I know about La Befana, the Italian folklore of Santa but are there any others? It doesn’t have to be a European folklore. I’d take African, Indian, or whatever folklore that deals with a person giving children sweets like cookies, cakes, and ice cream and all that.
Okay I’m talking about FOLKLORE. Not fairy tales. No Grimm. No Hans Christian Anderson tales. No Hansel and Gretel. I’m talking about GOOD folklore where there is a creature or magical being that gives children candy and sweets out of the kindness of his or her’s heart. Like Santa Claus. Easter Bunny. The Stork. Cupid. Father Time. All folklore creatures that HELP people not torture them.

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Answer by James DiGriz RiP
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  1. Embarrassing Quesstions says:

    Hansel and Gretel of course.

  2. Peter says:

    Baba Yaga, a Polish witch who lives in a hut on chicken legs (you read that right) and lures children into her hut with promises of candy.

  3. joslynn says:

    The candy man

  4. The Rookie says:

    Grimms fairy tales !

    Wonderful memories of childhood being on recall.

    A world of fantasies !

  5. Sammi-Sam says:

    Not really since most of the time the promise of candy was associated with the person trying to hurt the children.

  6. harpertara says:

    The original St. Nick gave sweets to the children, he eventually became Santa Claus.

  7. pamela k says:

    in Italian folklore there is Befana who is somewhat similar to Santa Claus

    the toothfairy used to give candy or money but now is only money

    the Magi gave gifts depending on which myth you believe depends on which gift they gave

    Baba Yaga is a Slavic deity so she is not just a Polish entity. she is for all Slavic people which include Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Czechs, Slovaks, Bulgarians, Croats, ect and so on.

    Hansel and Gretel did not give candy and besides the story that everyone is familiar with is not the true story. The true story is here

    http://cookiecuttersearch.com/HanselGretel-2.htm

    i am sorry but that is all i am familiar with about who gives you candy

    there are things that you have to give candy to but that is another story

    EDIT: if you mean santa like creatures then there is Odin of Norse and Germanic folktales

    Mikulas from Hungarian folklore

    Tomte from Scandinavian folklore

    Santa Claus is an amalgamation of several people most notably St Nicholas.

    hope i helped you a bit on your quest

    good luck

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