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.
Rice makes pulling candy look easy.
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
As the ever
expanding mixture cools, it lightens in color. Each pull creates ribbons
"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.
think making candy's not fun, but it is. It's really fun. It's all that you put
into it," she said.
with Rice and her staff on a day when they were busy making candy canes.
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.
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."