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Old 11-30-2017, 08:24 PM   #1
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Old-fashioned ribbon candy & candy shoppe

I was browsing around on YouTube and ran across this old fashioned family owned candy co.. Here's how they make their old fashioned ribbon candy with the original antique equipment.



Hercules Candy in upstate NY has been making candy since the early 1900's when his grandfather and great uncle arrived from Greece not being able to speak English. The 2 brothers got a job in Boston at a candy store and learned how to make candy, and they passed the skill down to the subsequent generations.

This is making me hungry for some vintage style candy. I think they use all natural flavorings (unlike the large factory made stuff in the stores with artificial flavors). My grandmother always had a candy dish with this type of candy in it, sitting on the coffee table. Takes me back to my youth.

I love that old marble slab table. In another video it shows a pallet with like 200 pounds of Domino sugar in huge bags.

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Old 12-03-2017, 07:31 AM   #2
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Thanks jd_ I really enjoyed that. We always had ribbon candy in our stockings and they were always flavoured like that! There was one that was my favourite and I could never remember which colour it would be - I had to keep sniffing them to make sure I got the right one - think it was Wintergreen but ... long time ago. The pieces would be hard to close your mouth around with all those loops catching your saliva.... I was always drooling out the corner of my mouth.

I started buying ribbon candy for my kids but soon stopped when I realized that there were no individual flavours no matter where I bought them. So nice to know that somewhere they are still being enjoyed by kids (and adults of course).

Also wondering... I was brought up in Hamilton ON, not that far away... maybe we got this candy from them!
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That is my favorite candy. I love watching the old ways of doing things. I know when we go to Tennessee on vacation we visit the candy shops and I always just stand there and watch the taffy makers. Its amazing how they do that.
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Thanks jd_ I really enjoyed that. We always had ribbon candy in our stockings and they were always flavoured like that! There was one that was my favourite and I could never remember which colour it would be - I had to keep sniffing them to make sure I got the right one - think it was Wintergreen but ... long time ago. The pieces would be hard to close your mouth around with all those loops catching your saliva.... I was always drooling out the corner of my mouth.

I started buying ribbon candy for my kids but soon stopped when I realized that there were no individual flavours no matter where I bought them. So nice to know that somewhere they are still being enjoyed by kids (and adults of course).

Also wondering... I was brought up in Hamilton ON, not that far away... maybe we got this candy from them!
You're very welcome. Yeah their videos are kinda fun to watch. There are a ton of them. The mom has a cool quirky personality, and the dad seems like a nice mellow fella.

You might've gotten your candy from them. It's only about 300 kilometers away from Hamilton. They've been making candy in their family for 115 years. Their current shop/factory was opened by his grandfather in 1930. Same building.

They give tours, so if you ever swing down into upstate New York, maybe check them out. I think I'll talk my wife into taking a little road trip there. It's only about 500 KM's away. I love road trips, and we haven't taken one in like 5 years.
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:23 PM   #5
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That is my favorite candy. I love watching the old ways of doing things. I know when we go to Tennessee on vacation we visit the candy shops and I always just stand there and watch the taffy makers. Its amazing how they do that.
Yeah those old fashioned skills are amazing. Ever see The Woodwright's Shop -- the PBS show about woodworking? Roy does everything using non-powered tools. There's a bunch of them on YouTube and also I believe the PBS website.
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Old 12-03-2017, 04:16 PM   #6
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As a child, our church always gave to us kids, a box of ribbon candy with a hand string to hang it on the tree along with a Christmas Carol paper hymn book sponsored by John Hancock Insurance Co. I learned to play those hymns and can still see those notes in my mind. Silent Night was in the key of G and O Come All Ye Faithful was in F sharp.
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When I was little we used to buy Fanny Farmer thin ribbon candy for our grandmothers. It was one of the few inexpensive things that our parents steered us towards when we started buying gifts with our own money. Our gift giving repertoire for the old ladies in our life was pretty much limited to Yardley scented soap, dishtowel calendars or thin ribbon candy.
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My grandmother and I did a taffy pull once.
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My grandmother and I did a taffy pull once.
That is hard work. Up in Salem Willows, they have a candy stand and you can watch them do taffy pulls. Hard, hard work.
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That is hard work. Up in Salem Willows, they have a candy stand and you can watch them do taffy pulls. Hard, hard work.
Yep, the guy in that video is getting older so he has to work out to keep his arms in shape to make the candy. In another video he talks about it.
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