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...
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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...
There is no better old fashioned candy than the world famous, 106 year old, McCraw's Flat Taffy. In 1900 flat taffy was born on a whim. Its creators were in the popcorn business and decided to act on a suggestion that they should make taffy to sell with their popcorn. With some basic candy making supplies and a little work country store flat taffy was created for all to enjoy. In time flat taffy surpassed their popcorn and became the focus of their business. Read more...
We love to learn about people who may discover our Denver-based candy factory during the holidays, only to return back at other times during the year. Local blogger and designer Lauren is such a person. She discovered us in December, and then returned back a few weeks later to take one of our Classic Factory Tours. As she states on her blog: Read more...
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