Candy cane making at McCord Candies

It's a Christmas time favorite and the most popular flavor is peppermint.

Posted: Nov 23, 2018 11:46 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's a Christmas time favorite and the most popular flavor is peppermint.

Candy canes are consumed in the millions around the country, but do you know how they're made?

McCord Candies in Lafayette has been making the peppermint stick since 1912.

News 18 learned how to make them on a candy cane tour.

"We make water, sugar, inverted sugar and we mix it all together and put it on our antique stove," said Ben Devaney. "Everything is original; same kettle and same recipe all from 1912."

Devaney said the water has to boil between 300 and 310 degrees Fahrenheit before he will pour the mix onto the table.

"We let it cool," said the candy cane maker Devaney. "It does not look like a candy cane. Essentially it's kind of like a syrup and eventually it will start to cool down and become more of a solid and then we can work it and we start to stretch it out and pull it."

The candy cane makers then take about a quarter of the mix and turn some of it red and some of it white. Then it's pulled onto a taffy hook.

The process continues to a work station where the coined "McCord stripes" are made. There are three skinny red stripes and one wider red stripe. 

Once the candy canes are pulled together and cooled you have your finished product.

McCord Candies says their candy canes are best tasting after two weeks. It says it allows them to melt in your mouth. 

The candy cane making process has been the same since the store opened back in 1912.

It will be holding candy cane tours this weekend from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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