To create the most delicious candies, manufacturers use many different processes. One process involves creating a sugar mass, which is fed into a batch former to form a cone shape. A special heating system prevents the mass from cracking. Sugar rope is then size and delivered to a rope sizer. An electric heater keeps the sugar rope in perfect plastic condition. After this process, the candy cane is ready for packaging and consumption.
Producing candy canes
In the 1920s, Bobs Candies Inc. began commercially producing candy canes. The founder, Bob McCormack, made them for his children, friends, and neighborhood shopkeepers. Today, Bobs sells candy canes to Ferrara Candy Co., and other manufacturers cook them all year. Doscher’s Candy Co. is a well-known maker of candy canes during the holidays.
First, the process begins by stretching the sugar to a desired thickness. This process is then followed by adding color and flavoring. Then, a large portion of the candy is pressed into a white loaf. Once the candy is cool, it’s wrapped individually and given the signature hook. The entire process takes approximately 30 minutes and requires the help of a skilled employee. Ultimately, it’s a rewarding job that makes the holiday season even more enjoyable.
Once the canes are wrapped in plastic, they are transported to secondary packaging. Some manufacturers wrap their candy in clear plastic as it exits the extruder. A heat sealer seals the candy, which also adds a natural peppermint flavor. The next step involves preparing the candy mass for striping. Once the candy mass has been properly wrapped, it is taken to a heated table. A shrink-wrap machine keeps the candy canes from losing their shape. After that, it’s transferred to a truck for transportation.
Making candy cane paste
In the manufacturing process, candy cane paste undergoes a number of tests, including pH, viscosity, and appearance and taste testing. The sugar is gradually boiled off, so that the finished product contains fewer water molecules than the starting product. In addition, cream of tartar is added to the mix to create air bubbles and make the sugar loaf more stable. To control moisture retention, the paste contains small amounts of salt.
The mixture is then fed into a machine that folds the batch, making sure the candy has the same flavor across the entire cane. Automatic pullers then stretch the mixture to a white color, and then it’s fitted to a giant log. Heating units help the candy cool, so that it can be shaped into a candy cane. This method requires a great deal of skill and attention to detail, but the process is highly rewarding.
Once the sugar is cooled, the workers insert a crook into the candy canes. Once the candy canes are cooled, they are rolled onto trays for packaging. The process repeats until each cane has reached the desired length and thickness. The finished candy canes are then ready for sale. Make sure to purchase some to give as gifts or for yourself! And don’t forget to share the candy with your loved ones!
Making candy canes
It was not until the 1950s that candy canes were mass produced. They were first made by hand, a laborious process. These candies were then sold locally. The invention of a candy cane machine by Gregory Keller in the 1950s spurred mass production. Today, over 1.7 billion candy canes are sold annually. It’s hard to imagine the holidays without these treats. But how do they make them?
The ingredients for candy canes are sugar and corn syrup, which are stored in stainless steel tanks. These ingredients are monitored under strict environmental conditions and regularly tested in a laboratory. They are then pumped to the production kitchens, where the temperature is maintained at a high level to prevent the candy from cooling too quickly. Then, they are mixed together in pre-cookers and transferred to a vacuum cooker. The timer starts the process, and the batch yields approximately 100 pounds of candy.
Next, the candy canes are packaged. Some manufacturers wrap the candy canes in clear plastic as soon as they exit the extruder. Once wrapped, they are then placed into a secondary packaging. Shrink-wrapping the candy canes will protect them from moisture damage, which is crucial for their shelf life. Finally, the candy canes are shipped around the world. The US celebrates National Candy Cane Day on December 26.