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Ribbon Candy: An Old-Fashioned Holiday Favorite
Ribbon Candy . . . A Festival of Color (and Flavors)
Ribbon candy . . . beautiful, satin-sheened, festive-colored hard candy . . . most often appears during the hoiday season at the end of every year.
Although ribbon candy was not part of my family's humble holdiay tradition, as a child, I still marvelled at the luscious colors, the perfectly uniform loops whenever I would see it in the "downtown" stores.
To this day, ribbon candy still makes me smile . . . so I decided to create this simple gallery so that I could stop by and marvel whenever I wanted. Come take a stroll with me . . . and you just might learn a thing or two!
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Photo used under Creative Commons from: Karen Juliano, on Flickr
A Bit of Ribbon Candy History
Photo used under Creative Commons from: Pumpkin Passion, on Flickr
F.B. Washburn founded in 1856 is known as the oldest candy maker in the U.S. and gets credit for creating a number of hard candies including ribbon candy.
History says that when the company began to struggle during the Great Depression, it was purchased by Harry Gilson in 1933. Taking over from their father, Harry's two sons purchased Sevigny's Candy (a major competitor in the ribbon candy business) 1986. And the third generation of Gilsons continue to use the Sevigny name as their ribbon candy brand today.
While Washbrun/Sevigny is the largest manufacturer of ribbon candy and supplies large chains like Wal-mart, CVS and other retailers in the U.S. and Canada . . . it is not the only ribbon candy producer.
There are dozens of smaller candy makers that keep the ribbon candy tradtion alive, too . . . by making this holiday confection by hand and distributing it regionally.
Boxed Ribbon Candy - Photo used under Creative Commons from: The D34n, on Flickr
Sevigny's Ribbon Candy
During the holidays, if you can't find a box of Sevigny's Ribbon Candy in your local Wal-Mart, CVS or other large retailer, then you can order it here:
"Its a little hard to break apart and eat without it flying everywhere, but the colors are so pretty and each ribbon is tasty!"
Making Ribbon Candy By Hand
Oh, the Colors! Oh, the Flavors! - Brings new meaning to the phrase "eye candy"
Besides the vibrant rainbow of colors . . . handmade ribbon candy is made in a variety of fruity or minty flavors (depending upon the candymaker):
- banana :: bubblegum :: butterscotch
- cinnamon :: clove :: cotton candy
- pineapple :: cherry :: grape
- green apple :: licorice :: orange
- peppermint :: spearmint :: sugar plum
Have you ever had ribbon candy?
How Hilliard's House of Candy . . . Does It
Serving Ribbon Candy In-Style - Oftentimes during the holidays ribbon candy is displayed in a crystal bowl or dish
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A Beautiful Lead Crystal Dish
Vertical cuts embellish the sides of the bowl and catch the light with flame-like brilliance. Made of heavy, full-lead crystal,
Handmade Ribbon Candy Makers - (Not the Mass Produced Stuff)
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- Hilliard's Handmade Ribbon Candy
Hilliard's handmade candies includes this seasonal favorite
- Handmade from Boston Candy Kitchen
Handmade Chocolate Candy, Ribbon Candy, and Peanut Brittle from Boston Candy Kitchen
- Logan's Old Fashion Ribbon Candy - Ontario, CA
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