Along snowy Route 15 in Jericho, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Snowflake Chocolates.
The shelves are stocked with holiday chocolates and sweets.
"We are a family business, three generations working together, my dad, myself, my two sisters, I have my son working here, a niece and a nephew and various other relatives that come in when we are busy and need extra help," said Sharon Wintersteen from Snowflake Chocolates.
It all started with Sharon's dad, Bob Pollack, who learned how to make candy from his father, but Bob credits his wife for starting this business.
"Basically it all started when my wife Martha wanted me to make some peanut brittle. I took her best marble end table out of the living room, flipped it over and we made it and I figured at that point if I used that marble end table she would back off well that was the beginning of it," said Bob.
They later bought the house on Route 15 and set up shop and while the family makes one hundred different kinds of chocolates, this time of year it's all about candy canes.
It starts with boiling the sugary concoction in an over 100-year-old copper kettle. When it reaches almost 300 degrees, that's when the action happens.
"So, after we take it off the table we are going to take it out of the kettle and pour it on the table and let some heat come out of it, we are going to add our peppermint flavor," said Alex Wintersteen, Snowflake Chocolates.
Alex says that most people think the flavor of the candy cane is in the colored stripes, it's not it's in the whole entire cane itself and the flavor smell is intense.
"We make cinnamon, wintergreen, peppermint, maple raspberry, chocolate, peppermint, six different flavors I think. It's a process it takes a lot people, it's a lot of fun, it can be a little tedious," said Sharon.
The flavor is kneaded in and when just cool enough it's time to hang the goo, and stretch it out. This creates the white color. When it's ready, it is formed into a block, color is added and then it is stretched and snipped. Then it is ready to be rolled and something called hooked, making the trademark shape. It is harder than it looks.
They will make and sell between 3,000 and 4,000 candy canes for $3 each. It's a taste of the season that is Made in Vermont. Sharon says they start making the candy canes in November.
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