Handmade Holiday Candy!

8 Dec

I’m not much of a Halloween candy eater but I luuuuuv Christmas candy. Maybe it’s the clean taste of peppermint, but it’s more likely is the glassy, translucent treads of hard candy. What could be more appealing that old fashioned, brightly colored, candy happiness?

Despite this love for candy canes, I’ve been really put off by the mass market, matte, sugar bombs that drearily line grocery store and box store aisles. I wanted a candy looked like it had a big peppermint punch. And it had to be red and white, or better yet, all white, and maybe some green if I were feeling generous.

I did my internet based due diligence and the Hammond’s candy makers kept coming up. I figured that they might be the holy grail of Christmas candy having been previously carried by the Dean & Deluca holiday catalogue* and Sur La Table. After consulting the Twitter, no one seemed to know where I could find artisan holiday candy. /sadface By sheer curiosity, I stopped into Bink Davies and LO and BEHOLD, they have individual Hammond’s candy canes in Peppermint, Cinnamon, and Cherry for $2.95 each. I picked up a Peppermint cane (below, in plastic) and a bag of assorted mini ribbon candy ($7.95 or thereabouts). Aren’t they GORGEOUS?!

After such a lucky find, the candy cane rage was subdued only to be stoked again at Brewer’s Yard Kroger. A single display of Doscher’s Old Fashioned Canes. The box was pretty full of individuals boxes of five canes ($2.99) so if you hurry down, you might snag some. I guess Docher’s is better known for their taffy, but in keeping with locavore spirit, they are from Cincinnati! Each cane was packaged in an unsealed sleeve which is promising in the quest for candy with a shelf-life. If either of these canes taste as great as they look, my sweet tooth will rejoice as my dentist groans.

Behold my candy neurosis: has anyone found crooked peppermint candy canes in plain white? Would it be too much to ask if the ends were twisted rather than cut? Many thanks!!

*Guess who is in this year’s Dean & Deluca holiday catalogue? None other that Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams!


4 Responses to “Handmade Holiday Candy!”

  1. Bink Davies December 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Glad you got your candy fix. Hammond’s really does an amazing job. Make sure you try their Mitchell Sweets next time you are in.
    Muah …. Bink

  2. Roxanne Hardy November 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Would like to order. Also, do you carry the old-fashioned sugar candy creams coated with sugar and were in various designs such as Xmas trees, Santas, gifts, etc.? Mom used to get buy it each year at Xmas in the 1960s from Carson, Pirie, Scott and Marshall Field’s at candy counter. I have been looking for it for years. Cannot seem to find it, WILL YOU HELP? DESPERATE! Thank You for our help. Can be reached at 773-568-5296 or roxannechardy@gmail.com.


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