Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Candy Man Can...And So Can I (Sort Of)

I spent the entire day in the kitchen on Tuesday making chocolate lollipops. I managed to squeeze in some sugar cookies, but the majority of the time was spent working with candy molds. I used to make these treats quite often when my older daughter was a kid, but then life got very busy when I became a single mom, and it got pushed to the side. For a long time.

And after all this time, this is what I learned on Tuesday:

1) If I ever had dreams of becoming a candy maker, they are now shattered.
2) You need the patience of a saint to do this.
3) A bite here, a lick there, a nibble or two...while you work. This is a dangerously weight-gaining hobby.
3) I now have a colossal amount of respect for confectioners.
4) And I now understand why people purchase commercial chocolate instead of making it.



Candy making is very hard work; there is more to it than meets the eye. My amateur efforts resulted in decent-looking lollipops this time (round two is up next!), and I had a good time despite it all. But I would never do this full time. Never.

Here is one of my candies:

The image is very poor quality, but hopefully the candy isn't.
All day long ‘The Candy Man’ tune kept playing in my head. Do you know it? It first appeared in the 1971 film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’, which, surprisingly enough, I still haven’t seen.

But I always think of Sammy Davis, Jr. when I hear that tune. He recorded a version of it, and it was a huge hit. It is recognized as one of his signature songs.

Here’s a video of the song, and a nice tribute to this very talented performer.



22 comments:

  1. "Candy man" used to be an old slang term for a drug dealer too. Ask Rob Ford. He knows!

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    1. That never even crossed my mind! What the heck are you westerners doing out there? Hahaha...

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  2. I remember that song The Candy Man Can , from back in the early 70s but then they used it as a slang for a drug dealer but I think it is still remembered for it's original song . I think you did a fine job ! I used to work in a bakery that made all it's own candy and treats it is tuff to make some even with all the professional equipment ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a great week !

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    1. I am in awe of all those decorated candies, cakes, cookies, etc, in bakery shops. That is an art in itself!

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  3. your choc lollipop looks great! I'm not much of a baker, more of an eater!

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  4. I haven't made candy like that for such a long time. You are very inspiring! It looks beautiful and delicious!

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    1. It's been years for me, too. I wanted to try it this year, and it's been quite an adventure!

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  5. Oh your candy looks so yummy. Wish I lived closer to Kingston - and I thought the cartoon was pretty funny too!

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    1. If you were closer, Francie, I would happily share!

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  6. WOW, that lollipop is very professional. You go girl!!!! Sure wish I could be your taste tester!!!

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    1. And believe me, there is a lot of taste testing while you're doing this!

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  7. That's a mighty fine looking lollipop, Martha! I don't have the patience nor could I be around that melting chocolate smell ... I'd be in a chocolate coma...

    I loved that song ... and heard that it had to do with drugs but .. that was for people who thought so... I thought of chocolate ... well, which is my drug or maple... oooooh love maple

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    1. I have never thought of drugs when I hear this song. Sammy Davis always comes to mind. You would love visiting up here. Canada is maple heaven!

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  8. I am so impressed I've never made anything period, bakery goods that is, and yours looks delicious maybe I should take up baking...naw fire alarm in the building never good ;)

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    1. It can be fun, but I don't see myself doing this regularly. Once in awhile is more than enough!

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  9. Love Sammy Davis Jr. and his song "The Candyman." Your lollipop is beautiful! I probably wouldn't have the patience! A lifetime ago I lived very close to Disneyland, and on Christmas Eve I'd go to its candy store and buy beautiful Christmas candy after watching the candy makers at work. They are artists! The Moses cartoon is hysterical!

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    1. I can just imagine the candy at Disneyland! And the sweet smells, too. Watching them work must have been quite an experience. Yes, they are truly artists!

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  10. I think your lollipop looks very professional. I know that I would not have the patience for making them. However, I do make candy cane bark using melted white chocolate and chopped up candy canes. Thank you for sharing the Sammy Davis Jr. video. As a kid this was one of my favourite songs and I was able to still know all the words :) Have a great Christmas season as you prepare all the goodies for your family....maybe we can get together for a coffee (and share some goodies?)

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    1. It does require a lot of patience, which I'd forgotten...hahaha... But it still is fun. I don't mind making these lollipops, or any other treat, really. What drives me batty is all the cleanup! If someone would clean up the mess, I'd be more than happy to make things like this regularly.

      I'd love to get together for coffee and to exchange treats. We'll find a day/time that works for both of us. Hope your day is going well!

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