However, gingerbread is thought to have its origins with the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Around the time of 2000 BC approximately, wealthy Greek families would sail to the Isle of Rhodes to buy “spiced honey cakes” and both Greeks and Egyptians used a form of honey cake for ceremonial purposes.
Later, the Romans made special, highly spiced, honey cakes cooked in a clebanus (a type of portable oven) in their dining rooms. The Romans also made their little honey cakes in the shape of hearts, associating them with weddings. They eventually became edible love tokens.