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  • Hooked On You: The Sweet History of the Candy Cane

    Posted on December 23, 2014


    It's that time of the year for enjoying special sweets, but it wouldn't quite be Christmastime without one in particular: the candy cane. The refreshing peppermint sticks are used today in many yuletide-related recipes and taste just dandy on their own, but the history behind them is a bit mysterious.


    There's an old yarn that the sticks originated in Germany in the 1600s when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral asked a local candy maker for something he could give to the children who attended the Christmas Eve mass to keep them quiet. The candy maker made the sticks and added the hook at one end to represent the shepherds who visited baby Jesus. But the story has never been proven and in fact, the first known recipe for candy canes wasn't published until 1844, and the striped sticks were made straight. In 1880, a German immigrant was the first to decorate his Christmas tree with the treats, most notably because the shape made them suitable for hanging.


    Some also say that the hook in the cane was meant to represent a J shape for Jesus.


    One thing that is certain: it was an American candy man who was responsible for the mass production of the canes in the U.S. In 1919, Bob McCormack of Albany, Georgia began making candy canes for the local children. By the 1950s, his company had become the leading producer of candy canes in America. There was one glitch, though--the hooks had to be fashioned by hand, and the candy sticks often broke. In 1957, Gregory Harding Keller patented his Keller Machine, which automated the production of candy canes and twisted the soft confectionery into curved shapes before it was allowed to harden.


    Today, nearly 2 billion candy canes are made each year in the weeks leading up to Christmas. They're used in ice cream, cakes, and peppermint bark, but my favorite way to enjoy them is as a stirrer for hot chocolate in my Jack's Moscow Mule Cup. Try it sometime!


    On behalf of everyone at Jacob Bromwell, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!


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  • Jacob's Holiday Gift Guide for 2014

    Posted on December 11, 2014


    Ho, ho, ho! Jacob Claus, here! Our Bromwell elves are hard at work, turning out the made in USA goods in droves to deliver to all of the good boys and girls this holiday season. And in case you haven't the slightest notion of what to get the loved ones on your list, have no fear because Jacob has your back, and plenty of gift ideas to fill Santa's sack!


    For the cook of the house, why not get them an All-American Flour Sifter from the company that practically invented this indispensable kitchen accessory? That's right; Jacob Bromwell Inc. held the patents to the world's first flour sifter, and we're still making it in the USA in the original style. That means a 4-wire stainless steel agitator, with each wire sweeping the screen below it making for the smoothest flour and other dry baking ingredients you can put into your favorite recipes. Not to mention the possibility of more mouth-watering treats soon to fill your household!


    The Original Popcorn Popper makes a fine present that anyone can enjoy! You don't even need a working fireplace to use it--your stovetop is just as handy dandy, and many of my customers who have tried it have said they'll never return to microwave popcorn again. We've been making this classic item for nearly 200 years in the USA, and the stainless steel construction ensures that it will not rust. The recipient of this lucky gift is guaranteed to pop a smile!


    And for the fella in your life who's been really, really good, nothing beats my Great American Flask. As American as bourbon, this classic flask is handcrafted using pure copper (and hot tinned on the inside to meet FDA approval.) He'll feel like the movie hero of an American Western...or a bigwig Mad Men advertising executive when you give him one of these unique flasks.


    And there's more...just check out my Gift Guide section for more ideas. All orders placed before Tuesday, Dec. 16 are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas...so get your orders in before then to spread a little made in America joy this holiday season!


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  • After the Gobbling...Do Some Shopping

    Posted on November 26, 2014


    Loyal family, good friends, a cozy hearth, a spriteful step, and turkey on the table...these are the things I am most grateful for this Thanksgiving. That, and fans of items that are made in the USA!


    To thank our customers, we are offering 30% off any order on our site starting Black Friday, Nov. 28 through Cyber Monday, Dec. 1. Just use the discount code HOLIDAY30 on the site when you place your order. After all that gobbling, do some shopping...and give the gift of made in USA!


    Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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