Have a Sweet Holiday – Candy Cane Making @ Callie’s Candy Kitchen

If you’ve ever had the privilege of attending a candy-making demonstration with the late Harry Callie, you know the secret to success in the candy business: change the shape, not the recipe. (You also probably know that the Candyman referred to sauce as gravy and joked that chocolate is green).

At Callie’s Candy Kitchen in Mountainhome, you’ll find chocolate in almost every form imaginable. It covers strawberries and caramel. It’s molded into popular cartoon characters. It comes on sticks and in bars. No matter what, the recipe of the chocolate never changes. But Callie’s rule applies to more than just chocolate. At Christmastime, the Callie crew transforms a classic treat into a holiday staple. By ditching the stick and bending it into the shape of a “J,” a pole pop becomes a candy cane! Sure, pole pops and candy canes taste the same, but would you buy a candy cane in June? Probably not. Yet during the holiday season, the shape sells.

The candy cane has been around for over a century and, for many, is a symbol of Christmas. But have you ever stopped to think about how candy canes are made? Don’t worry, the master confectioners at Callie’s will show you how it’s done. Every year, Callie’s hosts candy cane demonstrations at its Pretzel Factory in Cresco. FREE demos take place every Saturday and Sunday at 2PM from November 26th through December 18th. Arrive early to get a good seat near the bakery.

Yes, the peppermint candy cane is a classic, but have you tried peanut butter filled? (That’s right, I said peanut butter filled and they’re delicious). Callie’s offers nine different flavors of candy canes. With flavors from root beer to wintergreen, you’ll have trouble choosing just one. Attend a demonstration and you’ll get to try FREE samples of the flavor of the day. That’s right, folks – free entertainment with a snack.
Don’t miss out on an experience that’s both educational and fun for the whole family.

Be sure to “LIKE” Callie’s Candy Kitchen and Pretzel Factory on Facebook for more information on candy cane demonstrations, including the flavor of the day.

Have a SWEET holiday!