Monday, December 23, 2013

Minting a Holiday Classic

By Sara Correll

Candy canes are a classic holiday treat. Did you know they also have some Indiana connections?

Mint production is big business in Indiana. Indiana farmers raise over 594,000 pounds of peppermint each year, some of which is used in producing candy canes.

The well-known J shape and peppermint flavor were not always the norm. Candy canes have been around since the 17th century, but it was an Indiana candy maker who chose the shape and colors of the candy we now know.

Several Indiana candy stores still make candy canes in house. You can watch candy canes being made at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen and pick some up at McCord Candies in Lafayette!

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