The ingredients of our Barley Candy
are as follows:
Cane Sugar, Corn Syrup, Water. Barley Water, Natural Flavors
& Certified food colors (see below)
Our candies are-
Wheat-free & Fat-free!
Red has Red #40
Yellow has Yellow #5
Green has Yellow #5 & Blue #1
Blue & Purple have Red #40 & Blue #1
Pink has Red #3
Orange has Yellow #6 and Red #40
Titanium Dioxide is in white or opaque colors only.
You can custom order your candies with "no color added"
if you have a sensitivity to a color.
We do not use nuts in any of our candies.
Real butter is added to our Butterscotch ,our Butter-Rum, and
our newest flavor Apple Pie.
of Barley Sugar were originally made in the 17th century by
boiling down refined cane sugar (a new product at that time)
with barley water *, cream of tartar, and water. During the
18th century metal molds were used to create the wonderful variety
of shapes known as Barley Sugar Clear Toys. These became a popular
Victorian Christmas treat. Many people who have grown up in
the Northeast will recall these candies which were often made
locally by someone's grandmother or the wife of a doctor or
pharmacist. This candy has a simple, yet distinctive light sweet
flavor, which is a fond remembrance from childhood. We
still make a limited amount of these Barley Sugar candies once
a year just before Christmas. The addition of barley water
(a starch) alters the surface tension during cooking, producing
a more long lasting candy.
*Pearls of barley are boiled for several hours in water until
thoroughly cooked, and then the barley “mush” is
strained off leaving barley water.
Adding corn syrup to the Barley Sugar recipe
and omitting the cream of tartar creates Barley Candy. This
traditional recipe increases the stability of the candy, enabling
us to add a wonderful selection of natural
flavors, and improves the durability, by reducing “sugaring”
(a natural clouding of the surface brought on by warm and humid
weather) and prevents liquefaction (a common difficulty with
other types of lollypop). Barley Candy is a remarkably soothing
**, hard, transparent, and long lasting candy.
** Traditionally Barley Candy and was used to soothe a sore
throat and calm upset stomachs.The "secret" ingredient
is BARLEY WATER (listed in the ingredients).
Oncologists recommend the consumption
of citrus flavored Barley Candy for their
chemotherapy patients. Patients find it helpful in relieving
the dry mouth and metallic taste which are common conditions
resulting from treatment.
"Clear Toy Candy" refers to
the molding of hard candy into various three dimensional shapes
without sticks (not a lollypop). The term does not imply the
use of Barley Candy, though traditionally Barley Sugar and Barley
Candy were used to make clear toy candy.
Barley Candy is
basically crystallized sugar, a natural preservative*. When
it is stored in it's sealed bag, will not "go bad".
We have eaten pieces five years old with no ill effect, and
they still tasted great.
For best results:
store below 75¾ and in less than 40% humidity. (i.e. Do not
leave them in the back seat of your car in summer)
. For long term storage in humid climates you may want to keep
your candies in a glass or metal covered container as plastic
will not protect as well from humidity.
-has Barley Water as an ingredient.
-has a distinctive glass like clarity,
-is harder than most candies- we recommend that you do not -bite
our candy as the effect is similar to chewing ice,
-lasts a long time (if you don’t bite it) so a little goes
a long way. (One lollypop can keep a fractious child busy on a
very long drive.)
-soothes a sore throat.
-relieves dry mouth.
-helps calm an unsettled stomach.