Hammond's new Dessert Dips were named a "noteworthy" new product, out of over 1,300 exhibitors, at one of the most popular retail shows in the country. San Francisco was a popular destination for retailers in January, with nearly 17,500 visitors attending the Winter Fancy Food Show — up 4.5 percent from last year. Here, we highlight just a few of the noteworthy new products displayed by the more than 1,300 exhibitors at Moscone Center in nearly 200,000 square feet of space — up 6 percent from 2010. Read more...
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Graduation celebrations are done, the last day of school festivities are complete…now there’s nothing to do but enjoy the summer. At Hammond’s Candies, we just love the summer months. The longer days and warmer weather allows for spontaneous celebrations, picnics, barbecues and games, and festivals and parades. Read more...
Ever wonder how candy canes or other hard candies get their stripes? At Hammond’s, you’ll see how hard candy has been made by hand since the 1920s. First, step into the packing room, where workers pack lollipops or candy canes. Next, through a wall of windows in the kitchen, you’ll see large copper kettles. Inside, 50 pounds of sugar, water, and corn syrup heats to over 300°F. Two men lift and carry a huge kettle and pour the bubbling, amber-colored liquid onto a metal table. Next you may see the candy maker adding different colors to areas of this sheet of candy: for a candy cane, he scoops out some red paste with a spatula and mixes it into one section, then adds green in another corner. Another section remains clear. Finally, the “scrap”—the crushed beginnings and ends of other candy—is melted into another section: this will become the candy canes’ center. Read more...
We are often told our candies are too beautiful to eat. It is true they are beautiful (but they are tasty too !). Our candies can be used in many different ways besides pure consumption. Some of our fan have found ultra creative means to make use of our sweets. Look in this June's issue of Martha Stewart Living for her flavor flags or check out Pacific Wedding's Themed Candy Shop Cakes. Wow those cakes are stunning. Home design with Kevin Sharkey has amazing uses for our candy canes and ribbon during the holidays. "Candy Bars" have become popular at all occasions and are really fun to build. Read more...
Here's one way to satisfy a candy craving when the economy is sour: Go to the Oops Room at the Hammond's Candies factory in north Denver .The Oops Room is an assortment of factory seconds, including fractured candy canes, caramel marshmallows fused into edible mosaics, and shattered peppermint puffs. Read more...
A small item in Sunday’s Denver Post alerted us to Hammond’s Candies Oops Room, where customers can find hroken, shattered, bruised and fused sweets. Once you’re snacking, you won’t remember that your treat didn’t win any beauty contests. The Post checked prices for some perfect candies in the factory gift shop at $14 to $16.50, compared with $3 to $5 in the Oops Room next door. Read more...
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