As we gear up for Christmas in fewer than four months, companies that make Christmas-specific items are in full swing. Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, Ohio churns out 2.7 million candy canes each day. I am regretting the fact that during our summer vacation we spent the night in Harrison Lake State Park, a mere 18 miles away from the factory, but we did not visit the company and take a tour of the factory and museum. Disappointed!
The Spangler Company also makes Dum Dums, Circus Peanuts, Jelly Belly candies and Smarties. Think of the missed opportunity.
Established in 1906, over the next 40 years, the company acquired and began manufacturing these staples of American candy identity. Although candy canes were invented long before the Spangler company was founded and were manufactured in the U.S. in Detroit, Michigan by the A-Z Candy Company, Spangler acquired the candy cane business in 1954.
In the FAQ’s section, the proper storage of candy canes is NOT in the freezer or refrigerator because the moisture content is too high. They are best stored in an airtight bag in a cool dry place. According to the manufacturer, the candy canes have a shelf life of 36 months!
A tour of the company website includes crafts and recipes that can be made with all of their products, including candy canes. I was disappointed by the few crafts that are suggested on the site because candy canes can be used in so many more ways (beyond just eating them). I am going to make it my mission to see that Spangler broadens the website to include more candy cane fun.
What is your favorite candy cane craft or recipe?