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Initial post: Oct 29, 2013 10:41:39 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 29, 2013 10:42:30 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 29, 2013 10:42:54 PM PDT
robb says:
. . . . . .╰☆╮ Ponder of the Day╰☆╮ . . . . . .

What do you get when you divide the circumference of your jack-o'-lantern by its diameter?

Pumpkin ∏

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 10:43:14 PM PDT
robb says:
Happy birthday GrammaKathy

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 10:43:35 PM PDT
robb says:
When the Halloween candy season rolls around each fall there are two kinds of people in the world: those who love candy corn, and those who hate it. I have yet to meet anyone in between. In honor of National Candy Corn Day, October 30, here is some information on our favorite fall confection, at least for those of us who love candy corn. For those who don't, I suppose we must share the same candy corn world until Christmas, so I tolerate your opinion as well

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 10:44:04 PM PDT
robb says:
For those of us over the age of 25, when you think of Halloween candy you think of candy corn, those sugary little spikes of Halloween cheer. They've been around for as long as I remember and even as long as my grandparents remember but did you know that they were invented in the 1880's? Who the first person to make these tasty treats was is unknown but the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia was the first to go into commercial production. However, the company most closely associated with this wonderful confection is the Goelitz Confectionery Company. Founder Gustav Goelitz, a German immigrant, began commercial production of the treat in 1898 in Cincinnati and is today the oldest manufacturer of the Halloween icon.

In the Goelitz candy factory -- courtesy of Herman Goelitz Inc.Making candy at the turn of the last century wasn't the highly mechanized, year-round activity it is today. Candy was manufactured seasonally from March through November. Large kettles were used to cook the basic ingredients of candy corn, sugar, water, and corn syrup into a slurry. Fondant for smooth texture and marshmallow for a soft bite would be whipped in. When the right consistency was reached the hot candy would be poured into hand-held buckets called runners. Each runner holding 45 pounds of the hot mixture.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 10:45:16 PM PDT
robb says:
Next, men called stringers would walk backward pouring the steaming candy into trays of cornstarch imprinted with kernel-shaped molds. Three passes were made, one for each white, orange, and yellow color. A strenuous job at best before the days of air-conditioning and electric fans.

All this strenuous labor wasn't lost on the tiny candy. It's tricolor design was considered revolutionary for its time and people flocked to buy them. Their shape was also a big selling point for the mostly agrarian population of the early 1900's. So popular was candy corn that companies tried other vegetable shapes including turnips. The Goelitz Candy Company even had to turn orders down for lack of production capacity.

Candy corn was originally sold in bulk containers like most foods products of the time. They were packed in wooden buckets, tubs, and cartons to be delivered by wagon and train over relatively short distances. Perishability prevented widespread distribution.

During WWI, Herman Goelitz, son of Gustav, moved to Fairfield, California to start his own company, the Herman Goelitz Candy Company. Their product? Candy Corn! The fortune of the Halloween treat would rise and fall many times as recession and boom, war and peace, affected the humble confection. Throughout the hard times it was the sale of candy corn that kept the companies afloat. In the sugar crisis of the mid 1970's when the price of raw sugar skyrocketed the company had to borrow heavily to buy sugar to keep production up. After the crisis the market plummeted. Many companies went out of business. It was demand for the candy corn that kept Goelitz from bankruptcy.

Today you won't have to look very hard to find candy corn. Computer and machine aided production have made them a plentiful staple no matter what time of year. So plentiful in fact that according to the National Confectioners Association, in 2001 candy manufacturers sold more than 20 million pounds of candy corn. Roughly 8.3 billion kernels! Very impressive for a product that has remained virtually unchanged for well over 100 years.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 10:46:33 PM PDT
robb says:
Candy Corn Cookies

These cookies look like real candy corn!

2 sticks butter, softened
1.5 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3 cups flour
red food coloring
yellow food coloring

Cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until incorporated.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to the butter sugar mixture and mix until a soft dough just forms.

Remove dough from mixer bowl and separate into three equal pieces (use a food scale to weigh each piece if you want to be exact!). Mix together a little bit of red and yellow food coloring to make orange and then add the orange coloring to one of the dough pieces. Make another dough piece yellow and leave the third plain.

Place a piece of plastic wrap or tin foil inside a loaf pan and pat down the white dough inside. Place the orange dough on top (pat down firmly) followed by the yellow dough.

Remove dough from pan, wrap up in either tin foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least four hours.

When you are ready to bake your cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut 1/4th inch slices down the width of the dough. Continue cutting each slice into small triangles.

Place triangles on a lined baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes until tops are puffy and bottoms are golden.

Yield: 5 dozen tiny cookies

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Posted on Oct 29, 2013 10:47:01 PM PDT
robb says:
I will be in and out today.


Posted on Oct 29, 2013 10:53:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2013 11:46:59 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:07:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2013 12:02:43 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Lob
Hope you have a good day today - it is nearly friday only a few more sleeps - yeah

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 11:12:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2013 11:29:24 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Robb
Thank you for the start today -wow the history of corn candy is fascinating - how hard folk worked in bad conditions in the olden days.

Robb you there ?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:29:36 PM PDT
Kathleen says:
Oooohhhh Robb!!! I love love love candy corn!! Except in Australia, it's a fancy import... So it's very expensive, I've only seen one shop near me selling it and it was around $6 for 200gms. Very expensive. But OMG I fell in love!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:30:26 PM PDT
Thank you red for catching that. I'm just going to go back to check last years thread just to make certain. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:31:04 PM PDT
Kathleen says:
Wow thanks Robb for your candy corn start. I learnt a lot.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 11:32:18 PM PDT
dinkyd says:
Morning all thanks for starting Robb, off to work very frosty this morning but weather forecast is warning more very wet and windy weather hope its not too bad where you are. Good luck on your bicycle this morning Red.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:33:12 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ LoB
Wow never thought of doing that - good call

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:35:49 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ dinkyd
Sorry you are already having frost and don't like the sound of the forecast for you, we are still up at 7*C today - but the frost will arrive here ...sometime soon.
Have a good day :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:37:18 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Kathleen
I just have to live vicariously via the thread for the candy - don't have it here.
Good to see you this morning - how are you doing ?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:44:44 PM PDT
I checked red and it is on the 28th. Ironically it was my open that day and hers was 1 of 3 birthdays that day. I can also say that it was the beginning of my ASCII art days and my cakes looked pretty bad back then. LOL

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 11:44:51 PM PDT
Kathleen says:
So I'll just say hello and thank you to JoJoPNW for her gift. I'm not sure if she'll catch it from the last thread, so thank you again. 💖💖💖

Just a lil up date on me- I went to my 'trial shift' for the last job I was talking about. Didn't get paid for it, and he ended the shift telling me that he still wants a junior that he can pay less. I'm a lil.... miffed at that, but the store was so so very terrible, so many workplace safety violations (allowing shelf stackers and check out chicks to wear THONGS! (Flip flops for the Americans) which is so not safe, and the cash is not monitored and its just a very bad situation. So I'm not pleased at being knocked back, but I don't want to work somewhere that had a flashing neon sign saying 'ROB ME!!!'

Um, after Saturday and my neighbour and stuff. I wasn't in the best place. I haven't slept since then, just cleaning endlessly. The police left the blood everywhere so someone had to get rid of it. It just upset me more than I realised.
My other neighbour had the electricity company (which had direct access to her bank account) take all the money out of her bank, leaving it overdrawn an nothin to pay rent with or buy food.
And I needed to do something to just have happy vibes and make me feel better, so I raided my cupboard for food we could do without, an soap and toothpaste, some other things i got in my own food package from st Vinnies. So now it's not the healthiest, but she and et partner will have food to last them. So I feel good again. And she was worried about paying us back, so I just told her that when she can, help someone else out. Pay it forward.
So I think that balances out the weekend.
Had some help from my dr too, so I think tonight I can sleep, maybe even without nightmares.

Sorry for babbling, I just wanted to let ppl know, and for why I've been quiet, I just didn't realise how I felt and felt stupid for crying over someone I didn't even know.
Thanks everyone for listening.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:47:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2013 11:51:10 PM PDT
Kathleen says:
Hello redandwhite - well I've just made a HUGE post about the past couple of days. Basically- I think I'm going to be ok now. Just had my head messed up for a couple days. But it will be ok now.

***How are you doing? Are you still struggling with your karma? Has that been resolved?

You know what I've even thought about doing? Ordering some candy corn off eBay!!! They sell it in very large lots and t would prolly last me until next Halloween!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:51:43 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Kathleen
Huge hugs to you - you are just a fantastic person, so kind and caring ALL the time and dealing with sooo many things in your life, you amaze me with the size of your heart,, and I feel blessed that you share with us.
What can I say except YOU ROCK ♥♥♥

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:54:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2013 12:05:28 PM PDT
Kathleen's wedding anniversary is on Oct. 31st. As of 6:00am PDT it is October 31st where she lives in Australia.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 11:56:54 PM PDT
Kathleen says:
Hello Wendy - where I am, it's just had daylight savings start, so it's 5:56pm right now.
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