With the winter season just around the corner, McCord Candies becomes a tradition for many families during winter break & Christmas time. McCord’s is known throughout the year for their delicious chocolates and old fashion sodas, but during the Christmas season it’s a new show. During this time McCord’s is known for candy canes & anything & everything that goes along with candy canes. First off, they have their homemade candy canes usually averaging to around 32,000 canes during this short month and a half span!! They sell them locally in the store, ship them globally, and always keep people coming back for more. What’s so unique about these canes?! McCord’s candy canes are like nothing you have ever tasted before. They look like normal canes but are soft once you start eating them, like a mint. There are NO preservatives in the canes & that is why they get made daily. The process of making these canes is very unique also. They are the only place in Indiana that still makes this process completely by hand!! No machines are used! That is why each and every cane is so special and it’s also why two canes never look the same. Just like snowflakes! It’s also the same process and recipe Ivy McCord, the original owner, used himself. During the month of December, McCord’s has public tours on Saturday & Sundays for the customers to see how this unique process is done; also gaining an appreciation for all the hard work that goes into a single cane. Most importantly you get to make your own candy cane yourself & see how difficult & special it is! Second, during the winter season candy canes will be made into every shape and form possible. We have our candy cane milkshakes if you want a cold treat or we have our homemade candy cane hot chocolate if you crave a warm treat. The candy cane hot chocolate can also be purchased in mason jars for gifts or individual sealed packets to pour in your mug and go! McCord’s has candy cane peppermint bark, candy cane Oreos, candy cane pretzel sticks, candy cane stir sticks for hot chocolate, and other candy cane creations! I have worked at McCord’s for over 4 years now and although it is crazy busy, this is definitely my favorite time of the year. It’s always special when someone comes in to get a candy cane for the first time or to hear about the customers coming back each year as their family tradition. It’s always funny to see their reaction when they ask who makes the canes and you reply “I do” because they always think a machine makes them or they get shipped in from another company. McCord Candies owner and employees take pride in their hard work at the candy shop everyday but especially during the Christmas season. To us, we are bringing families and friends together, remembering the old times (but you can still use your I-phone & take pictures of our cute store & candy canes- who wouldn’t?! ), starting new traditions & keeping old ones going. Come see us soon! Caitlin Wethington, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shared this blog.