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Old 12-20-2004, 09:16 PM   #1
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Ever seen Candy Canes made?

Last week I took my kids on our 3rd annual trek to Ontario, California to Logan's Candies. (sorry, no website). What an experience! They invite families to come to their little candy shop, where the head candy maker shows eager guests how candy canes are made. Begining with a pot of amber-colored boiling sugar liquid (320 degrees), he pours the mixture onto a cold marble slab and works it with a large metal spatula. After a bit of cooling, it's cut into 2 pieces, one about 3x larger than the other. The smaller is given red color (for the stripes), and the larger is given 1/2 ounce of triple-distilled peppermint oil ($600 per gallon!). Did you know the red isn't flavored? The large, yellowish blob (think flubber) is then placed on a taffy hook. With each pull, the blob becomes paler and shiny. After many pulls, it is sparkly-white. The red is intermingled through many cuts (too much to write about) and eventually the large block of candy (20 pounds) is stretched and twisted to become the 5-striped candy. Each piece is measured out and passed to an assistant, who puts the hook in the top. Each batch makes about 400 candy canes. The guests get to taste these warm, sweet confectionaries and have a chance to purchase as well. (All canes are made without any machines.)
These beauties look like Christopher Radko ornaments, as they sparkle with the light. If anyone is even near this location, I urge you to go see for yourselves!

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Oh that's neat jkath! I would love to see that! My kids get a thrill out of watching taffy being made when we go to the beach in the summer. I know yours must have loved seeing the candy canes being made! :D
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Old 12-20-2004, 10:32 PM   #3
 
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Pretty sure the Cooking Channel did a show on this place a year or two ago, but you are right, its fascinating to watch how this "common" Christmas treat is made!

BTW, its GREAT to have you back, JKath!

Will likely be cutting out of posting, myself, for the next week or so (starting tomorrow night!) when Daughter and Son return home for Christmas, the only 5 days of the year when we are all together, and I'm blowing the budget on the menu...but will be "dropping in" to re-read the recipes and techniques that members have so very kindly posted...

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Old 12-21-2004, 10:53 AM   #4
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I'm blowing the budget on the menu...

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Old 12-21-2004, 04:39 PM   #5
 
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I've a boneless 10 lb rolled TBone Roast, potato's, yorkshires, carrots, broccholi and cheese sauce on the table for the arrival of son and daughter, home for the Holidaze tonight...

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Old 12-21-2004, 05:35 PM   #6
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The FoodTV network show Unwrapped did it.
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Old 12-21-2004, 05:47 PM   #7
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i've seen them made on tv.
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i seen them made jut the other day on unwrapped
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Old 12-21-2004, 07:07 PM   #9
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It is extremely interesting how candy is made. I saw the candy canes on the FTV last year. I went to a chocolatier store and watched the fudge being made on the marble slab, that too is interesting.
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