Mom’s making Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge!

December 7, 2018 at 12:11 PM | Posted in baking, snacks | Leave a comment
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I wish you could all get a whiff of the Chocolate aroma in the kitchen today! Mom is making her area famous yearly batches of Buckeyes and Walnut Chocolate Fudge! Everyone that’s had the Buckeyes are of the same opinion, the best they’ve ever had! The thing that sets these apart from other Buckeye Candies is the Rice Krispies she adds. So if you’re looking for a Buckeye Candy Recipe, look no further. Same with the Walnut Fudge, such a creamy, deep and rich Chocolate taste! The bad part is neither is Diabetic Friendly, but I’ll still have a half a piece of each from time to time. And both make perfect Christmas Gift that everyone enjoys!

The Old Family Buckeye Recipe
It’s that time of year when the requests start coming in for my Mom’s Buckeyes. Back when I was working I was everyone’s favorite person when I would bring in a batch of my Mom’s Buckeyes. It’s been 15 years since I lost my leg to melanoma cancer and unable to work but to this day I still get request’s from fellow past workers for my Mom’s Buckeyes. It seems that everyone that has had them all say the same thing “The best Buckeyes I’ve ever had!” I think it’s the Rice Krispies that sets them apart from other Buckeye Candies. When you make a batch of these and try them I’m sure you’ll agree, let me know! These are not diabetes friendly but they are delicious. We tried making them by using reduced fat Peanut Butter and Sugar Free Chocolate but they just didn’t come out the same.

Buckeyes

Ingredients:

Recipe will make about 60 Buckeyes

1 – Stick Butter, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 – Box (1 LB) Confectioner Sugar
2 – Cups Jiff Smooth Peanut Butter
3 – Cups Rice Krispies
1 – 12 oz. Package Chocolate Chips
1 – Small Bar Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
1/2 Bar Paraffin Wax
Directions:

* In a large bowl mix Butter, Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Rice Krispies (With Hands)
* Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
* Then take the mixture and roll into individual balls. The size can vary no set size.
* Melt all the Chocolate and Paraffin Wax in a double broiler or in a sauce pan on low heat stirring until smooth.
* With one or two forks dip each of the balls into the Chocolate/Wax. Drain excess off the balls and place on a sheet pan covered with wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until Chocolate has hardened into a shell covering the balls.
* Now enjoy them!

Well like the Buckeye recipe above this ones not so Diabetic friendly but they sure are good! You can make it a somewhat lower in calories and carbs by using Splenda instead of the Sugar it calls for. This is a great Fudge recipe. My Mom has made this for as long as I can remember. Hope you enjoy it as much as all of us. Enjoy!

Walnut Fudge
Ingredients:

3 Cups Sugar or Splenda Equivalent

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

3/4 Cup Margarine
2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
7 oz. Jar of Marshmallow Cream
1 12 oz. bag Toll House Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (More if wanted, to taste)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Combine Sugar, Margarine, and Evap. Milk in a large pot and heat to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Cream, Nuts, and Vanilla stirring till well mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired size pieces.

* You may be tempted to leave the heat on while stirring the chips. While this would normally be ok, you really shouldn’t do that in this recipe. If the mixture stays at a boiling temperature, you may be in for a nasty surprise when you add the vanilla. Bottom line: it’s safer for you and better for the fudge if the mixture cools down just a tad before the vanilla goes in. As long as you keep stirring, the chips will melt just fine.

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It’s Nuts I tell you…….GUMMY PEACHES (SUGAR-FREE)

June 28, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its GUMMY PEACHES (SUGAR-FREE). Enjoy the Gummy Peaches and they’re Sugar Free! Just one of many of the Sugar Free Treats you can find at the Nuts site. You can always choose from items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and GIFTS. Plus there’s FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. Now here’s more on the GUMMY PEACHES (SUGAR-FREE). Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://nuts.com/

 

 

 

GUMMY PEACHES (SUGAR-FREE)
Put some peachy pep in your step with our delectable sugar-free Gummy Peaches! These candies, also known as (gummy peach rings) are as pretty a treat as they are sweet to eat. Just one peachy bite and you’ll be hooked! They taste just as sweet as the conventional variety.

Ingredients
*15 grams of sugar alcohol per serving* *WARNING: EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION MAY HAVE A LAXATIVE EFFECT*Maltitol, gelatin, lactic acid, citricacid, natural and artificial flavors,erythritol, FD&C yellow 5, yellow 6,red 40, aspartame. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Approximately 70 pieces per pound.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 20g (~0.7 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 50
Calories from Fat
%DV
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g

Storage
Store at room temperature for up to 1 year.
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It’s Nuts I tell you………THE CRAVE BASKET

June 14, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its THE CRAVE BASKET. The basket has it all; Coffees, Nuts, Grilling Rubs, Candies, Chocolate, and Snacks! This would make a perfect gift for Dad at Father’s Day or for any other special occasion. This is just one of many Gift Items you can find at the Nuts Site (https://nuts.com/). You can choose from items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, and Cooking and BAKING. Plus there’s FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. So here’s more about the THE CRAVE BASKET. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

 

 

THE CRAVE BASKET
What’s the most crave-worthy gift around? Foodies everywhere agree it’s our Crave Basket, loaded with some of our best items to tame the heart and stomach of that special someone. We added coffees from around the world, our finest mixed nuts, grilling rubs, candies, chocolates, and tons of other tasty snacks. With almost 10 pounds of pure deliciousness, that special someone will be thanking you for years to come!

The Crave Basket includes:

Colombian Medellin Supremo Coffee (8 oz), Brazilian Santos Coffee (8 oz), Ethiopian Harrar Coffee (8 oz), Chicken Rub (1 jar), Steak Rub (1 jar), Barbecue Spice Mix (1 jar), Rib Rub (1 jar), Honey for Grilling (1 jar), Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans (4 oz), Gummy Mustache (8 oz), Maple Bacon Salt Water Taffy (8 oz), Sriracha Green Peas (8 oz), Sweet & Spicy Beef Jerky (8 oz), Mixed Nuts (In Shell) (1 lb), Turkish Pistachios (Antep) (8 oz), Roasted Peanuts (Salted, In Shell) (1 lb), Roasted Sunflower Seeds (Salted, In Shell) (1 lb), Gunpowder Tea (4 oz), No Mess Nut Cracker (1)
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BUNNY’S BOX OF SWEETS

March 22, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its BUNNY’S BOX OF SWEETS. The perfect Eater gift Box that’s filled with pastel Jordan almonds, jelly beans, Swedish fish, gummy bears, chocolate sunflower seeds, white chocolate cherries, milk chocolate caramel, and chocolate cashews. But this is just one of the Gifts you can at the Nuts site. Besides Gifts you can choose items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and the GIFTS. Plus there’s FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. So here’s more on the BUNNY’S BOX OF SWEETS. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

 

BUNNY’S BOX OF SWEETS
This festive bunny box of treats is sure to brighten anyone’s Easter. Inside you will find some classic goodies. Included are pastel Jordan almonds, jelly beans, Swedish fish, gummy bears, chocolate sunflower seeds, white chocolate cherries, milk chocolate caramel, and chocolate cashews.

Due to availability, the actual box will vary.

Ingredients
Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Storage
Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. It is ok to refrigerate.
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One of America’s Favorites – Peeps

March 19, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Peeps

Peeps are marshmallow candies, sold in the United States and Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays. Peeps are used primarily to fill Easter baskets, though recent advertising campaigns market the candy as “Peeps – Always in Season”, as Peeps has since expanded to include Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day; since 2014 it has been available year-round with the introduction of Peeps Minis. They are made from sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and various food dyes.

 

Peeps are produced by Just Born, a candy manufacturer founded in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, by Russian immigrant Sam Born (1891-1959). In 1953 Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company and its marshmallow chick line, and replaced the painstaking process of hand-forming the chicks with mass production. When founder Sam Born would display a sign for his freshly-made candy, he would title it “Just Born,” playing off of his last name and the fact that he made his candy fresh daily. According to Mary Bellis, the newly purchased company, Just Born, was soon the “largest marshmallow candy manufacturer in the world.” New shapes other than the chicks were produced following a theme according to the season starting in the 1960s. Twenty years later, the Marshmallow Peeps Bunny was released as a popular year round shape of the candy. The yellow chicks were the original form of the candy — hence their name — but then the company introduced other colors and, eventually, the myriad shapes in which they are now produced. Peeps were manufactured in different colors such as lavender and blue starting in 1995. Prior to that they were only being produced in the traditional colors: pink, white, and yellow. New flavors such as vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate were introduced between the years of 1999 and 2002.

Orange pumpkin Halloween Peeps

In 2009, Just Born expanded the Peeps product line further by introducing Peeps Lip Balm in four flavors: grape, strawberry, vanilla, and cotton candy. Just Born has come out with several other various accessories. Items such as nail polish, wrist bands, umbrellas, golf gloves, earrings, and necklaces are produced and sold online and in retail stores. Other companies have produced items based on the popular Peeps candy. Peeps micro bead pillows were made by Kaboodle and conform to one’s shape. The company Kaboodle promises that “they’ll last a lot longer than their edible counterpart!” Ranging from infant sizes to adult sizes, Peeps Halloween costumes can also be found on the shelves of several costume stores. The first Peeps & Co. store opened in November 2009 in National Harbor, Maryland, Prince George’s County. Peeps & Company retail stores were later opened in Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. In 2014, Peeps Minis were introduced, and were intended to be available year-round.

 

An annual “Peeps Eating” contest is held each year at National Harbor in front of the Peeps & Company store. 2017 winner, Matt Stonie of California, ate 255 Peeps in five minutes. The first such event was arranged by Shawn Sparks in 1994, and had only six participants. Dave Smith started an annual Peep Off in Sacramento after contacting a participant in the first Peep Off. Another contest in Maryland asks that participants create a diorama of a culturally important scene from the modern era, featuring a number of Peeps. The winner gets two free inflatable life jackets.

Several newspapers hold annual contests in which readers submit photos of dioramas featuring Peeps. The St. Paul Pioneer Press was the first paper to hold such a contest. Similar contests are put on by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Seattle Times. These contests frequently correspond with the Easter holiday. MIT also has a yearly Peeps contest.

The Racine Art Museum is sponsoring the International Peeps Competition from April 1–28. Anyone can enter the contest, centered on the theme “peep-powered work of art”.

The following are other contests held in various states. Peeps jousting consists of putting two Marshmallow Chicks into the microwave and seeing which one gets the biggest and therefore affects/deforms the other. “Peepza” is a dessert pizza made with Peeps. Also, blogs were created according to Fox News entitled “101 Fun Ways to Torture a Peep.”

 

A coconut cake garnished with Peeps candy

Several recipes and creative ideas to alter Peeps have been invented. Fox News Magazine published an article in 2013 including several recipes from various creators, including Peeps smores, home-made chocolate covered Peeps, Peeps marshmallow chocolate chip cookies, Peeps brownies, Peeps popcorn, Peeps frosting, Peeps Krispie treats, and Peeps syrup.

A recipe for “Peepshi” involves placing a peep onto a Rice Krispie treat and wrapping it in Fruit by the Foot, to create a single “Peepshi roll” in the style of a sushi roll.

In April 2017, several internet and Twitter postings, and TV news stories claimed ‘outrage’ that Peeps were being used as a pizza topping.

 

It’s Nuts I tell you…………….LIGHT GREEN SHIMMER PEARLS THURSDAY

March 8, 2018 at 6:03 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its LIGHT GREEN SHIMMER PEARLS. Having a St. Patrick’s Day Party? Here’s the perfect candy for the Party, LIGHT GREEN SHIMMER PEARLS. They are Light green shimmer pearls are a gluten-free hard candy with a bold kelly green coat. But this is just one of items you can find for the St. Patty’s Day celebration at the Nuts site (https://nuts.com/). You can find items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and Gifts. Plus there’s FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details! Now more on the LIGHT GREEN SHIMMER PEARLS. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

 

LIGHT GREEN SHIMMER PEARLS
Light green shimmer pearls are a gluten-free hard candy with a bold kelly green coat. Celebrate weddings, baby showers, St. Patrick’s Day and spring-themed parties with eye-catching light green shimmer pearls. Makes a fun and colorful addition to a candy buffet.

Ingredients
Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup, Calcium Stearate, Malic Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Colors , Titanium Dioxide, Mica Based pearlescent Pigments. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.

Approximately 1786 pieces per pound.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 50g (~1.8 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 181
Calories from Fat
%DV
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 44g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%

Storage
Store at room temperature for up to 1 year.
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It’s Nuts I tell you……..OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE (SUGAR-FREE)

January 4, 2018 at 7:11 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | 2 Comments
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE (SUGAR-FREE). Now enjoy delicious Fudge and its all Sugar Free! At the Nuts site you’ll find a good selection of Sugarless Treats. You can choose from; Caramel Corn (Sugar-Free), Chick-O-Stick Bites (Sugar-Free), (Sugar-Free), Peanut Butter Bars (Sugar-Free), Sugar Free Chocolates, and more! Check out all the selections of healthy and delicious items you can purchase and checkout their recipe selections. Now more on the OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE (SUGAR-FREE). Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://nuts.com/ 

 

OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE (SUGAR-FREE)
Our old-fashioned chocolate fudge is classic, boardwalk-style fudge made with no added sugar. This hard-to-find sugar-free treat is a decadent chocolate indulgence you can enjoy as an after-dinner delight. We guarantee supreme quality and freshness.

Ingredients

OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE FUDGE SUGAR-FREE

Isomalt, Erythitol, Dextrin, Cream, Butter, Palm Kernel Oil, Dutch Cocoa, Belgian Chocolate Liquor, Sucralose, Potassium Sorbate, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavors. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Approximately 7 pieces per pound.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 80
Calories from Fat 40
%DV
Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 14%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Sugars 0g

Storage
Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
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It’s Nuts I tell you……..PEPPERMINT WONDERLAND

December 21, 2017 at 6:34 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its PEPPERMINT WONDERLAND. A Gift Tin full of Peppermint Bark. Have a taste of the Holidays when ever you want! PEPPERMINT WONDERLAND is one of many items you’ll find at the Nuts site (https://nuts.com/). You can choose from items including; GIFTS, NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE, TEA, and COOKING and BAKING, and more! So check the site out today to see all the tasty and healthy items. Plus there’s FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details! So on to the PEPPERMINT WONDERLAND. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

 

PEPPERMINT WONDERLAND
Peppermint Wonderland celebrates one of our most beloved holiday treats: our wonderful peppermint bark. We start with a layer of the highest quality dark chocolate. Next, we layer on top some smooth and creamy white chocolate. Finally, we swirl in some peppermint candy cane pieces. Peppermint bark is wondrous wintry decadence by the mouthful! Packed in a pretty silver tin, Peppermint Wonderland makes a festive and delicious holiday gift. Walk your taste buds through a minty wonderland with our Peppermint Wonderland gift tin! Gift includes almost one pound of bark.

Ingredients
Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Storage
Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
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It’s even smelling a lot like Christmas!

December 7, 2017 at 1:49 PM | Posted in dessert, Food | 1 Comment
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The aroma of Chocolate is in the house today as Mom is making her annual Christmas Candy. She made Peanut Butter Fudge, Walnut Fudge, her should be world famous Buckeyes Candy, and the Christmas Chex Mix. I guess now would be the time to turn the scales back 5 lbs. or more! Below I’ve left the recipes for the Walnut Fudge and Buckeyes. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

 

 

The Old Family Buckeye Recipe
It’s that time of year when the requests start coming in for my Mom’s Buckeyes. Back when I was working I was everyone’s favorite person when I would bring in a batch of my Mom’s Buckeyes. It’s been 14 years since I lost my leg to melanoma cancer and unable to work but to this day I still get request’s from fellow past workers for my Mom’s Buckeyes. It seems that everyone that has had them all say the same thing “The best Buckeyes I’ve ever had!” I think it’s the Rice Krispies that sets them apart from other Buckeye Candies. When you make a batch of these and try them I’m sure you’ll agree, let me know! These are not diabetes friendly but they are delicious. We tried making them by using reduced fat Peanut Butter and Sugar Free Chocolate but they just didn’t come out the same.
Buckeyes
Ingredients:

Recipe will make about 60 balls

1 – Stick Butter, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 – Box (1 LB) Confectioner Sugar
2 – Cups Jiff Smooth Peanut Butter
3 – Cups Rice Krispies
1 – 12 oz. Package Chocolate Chips
1 – Small Bar Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
1/2 Bar Paraffin Wax
Directions:

* In a large bowl mix Butter, Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Rice Krispies (With Hands)
* Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
* Then take the mixture and roll into individual balls. The size can vary no set size.
* Melt all the Chocolate and Paraffin Wax in a double broiler or in a sauce pan on low heat stirring until smooth.
* With one or two forks dip each of the balls into the Chocolate/Wax. Drain excess off the balls and place on a sheet pan covered with wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until Chocolate has hardened into a shell covering the balls.
* Now enjoy them!

 

Walnut Fudge

Ingredients:

3 Cups Sugar or Splenda Equivalent

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

3/4 Cup Margarine
2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
7 oz. Jar of Marshmallow Cream
1 12 oz. bag Toll House Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (More if wanted, to taste)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Combine Sugar, Margarine, and Evap. Milk in a large pot and heat to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Cream, Nuts, and Vanilla stirring till well mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired size pieces.

* You may be tempted to leave the heat on while stirring the chips. While this would normally be ok, you really shouldn’t do that in this recipe. If the mixture stays at a boiling temperature, you may be in for a nasty surprise when you add the vanilla. Bottom line: it’s safer for you and better for the fudge if the mixture cools down just a tad before the vanilla goes in. As long as you keep stirring, the chips will melt just fine.

One of America’s Favorite Christmas Treats – Candy Cane

December 4, 2017 at 6:23 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A traditional candy cane

A candy cane is a cane-shaped stick candy often associated with Christmastide, as well as Saint Nicholas Day. It is traditionally white with red stripes and flavored with peppermint, but may also be a variety of other flavors and colors.

 

 

According to folklore, in 1670, in Cologne, Germany, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral, wishing to remedy the noise caused by children in his church during the Living Crèche tradition of Christmas Eve, asked a local candy maker for some “sugar sticks” for them. In order to justify the practice of giving candy to children during worship services, he asked the candy maker to add a crook to the top of each stick, which would help children remember the shepherds who visited the infant Jesus. In addition, he used the white color of the converted sticks to teach children about the Christian belief in the sinless life of Jesus. From Germany, candy canes spread to other parts of Europe, where they were handed out during plays reenacting the Nativity. As such, according to this legend, the candy cane became associated with Christmastide.

The earliest verifiable reference to stick candy is a record of the 1837 Exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, where confections were judged competitively. A recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks, white with colored stripes, was published in 1844. The “candy cane” is found in literature in 1866, though no description of color or flavor was provided. Its earliest known association with Christmas was in 1874, and by 1882 canes were being hung on Christmas trees.

 

 

 

Candy cane

As with other forms of stick candy, the earliest canes were manufactured by hand. Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed one of the earliest patents for candy cane making machines in the early 1920s. In 1919 in Albany, Georgia, Robert McCormack began making candy canes for local children and by the middle of the century, his company (originally the Famous Candy Company, then the Mills-McCormack Candy Company, and later Bobs Candies) had become one of the world’s leading candy cane producers. Candy cane manufacturing initially required a fair bit of labor that limited production quantities; the canes had to be bent manually as they came off the assembly line to create their curved shape and breakage often ran over 20 percent. McCormack’s brother-in-law, Gregory Harding Keller, was a seminary student in Rome who spent his summers working in the candy factory back home. In 1957, Keller, as an ordained Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Little Rock, patented his invention, the Keller Machine, which automated the process of twisting soft candy into spiral striping and cutting it into precise lengths as candy canes.

 

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