Candy canes made in Tennessee at Dollywood

Candy canes made in Tennessee at Dollywood

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We visited with Linda Rice and her staff on a day when they were busy making candy canes. We visited with Linda Rice and her staff on a day when they were busy making candy canes.
Rice is a master candy maker.  This is her 33rd season at Dollywood. Twenty-five of those have been spent making candy. Rice is a master candy maker. This is her 33rd season at Dollywood. Twenty-five of those have been spent making candy.
"People think making candy's not fun, but it is. It's really fun. It's all that you put into it," Linda Rice said. "People think making candy's not fun, but it is. It's really fun. It's all that you put into it," Linda Rice said.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - What is red, white and sweet all over? If you said candy canes you would be right, nut not just any candy canes. The ones we found were down the road at Dollywood, made in Tennessee.

Linda Rice makes pulling candy look easy.

The recipe is simple. Sugar and corn syrup are heated to about 300 degrees. Then as the mixture cools, it's placed on a hook and pulled, allowing air into it.  

As the ever expanding mixture cools, it lightens in color. Each pull creates ribbons of candy.

"It took me a while to learn it, but once I learned it, it's a piece of cake," said Rice.

Rice is a master candy maker.  This is her 33rd season at Dollywood. Twenty-five of those have been spent making candy.

"People think making candy's not fun, but it is. It's really fun. It's all that you put into it," she said.

We visited with Rice and her staff on a day when they were busy making candy canes.

After pulling the candy by hand, it's placed in a warmer where it continues to be stretched,  Then a red candy stripe is added, and the canes are sized.

From start to finish, it takes about an hour to complete a batch of candy canes.

After a quarter century of candy making, Rice clearly still enjoys her work.

"I love doing it. I love it," she said. "And I love the people who come in here and who ask you all the questions and everything. I just love my job."

Who wouldn't love a job as sweet as hers?

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