Candy canes from Gränna - make Polkagrisar himself

We roll the candy canes in ever thinner strands

Candy canes from Gränna in Sweden


You probably know the red and white mint candies that you can buy from us wrapped in cellophane, right? Sweden has a very similar specialty. In the small village of Gränna, right on the shore of Lake Vättern, one candy store is lined up with the other. They all continue the legacy of "Aunt Amalia", a widow who had to feed her child after her husband's unexpected death. Aunt Amalia lived at a time when it was not so easy for women to earn their own money. So she considered for a long time what she could do to keep her small family afloat. After all, she had the idea of ​​selling the candy canes that she made regularly. She took advantage of the location of Gränna, because the main road led through the town along the lake. And so she put up signs on the side of the road advertising her candy canes.

 

Amalia's candy canes
Amalia's candy canes

 

Aunt Amalia's candy canes

It quickly got around to talking about what Aunt Amalia had to buy, and for many travelers it became a matter of course to stop at Aunt Amalia's on their journey to get some of the refreshing candy canes. Aunt Amalia mixed mint and red color from Cochenille under the mass of sugar, making it a fresh candy that seemed to appeal to many. Soon people from the surrounding villages came to Gränna just to get supplies from Aunt Amalia's candy cane. That's how it got around, and Gränna became known for her sweet mint poles.

Candy canes - processed into mint sweets
Candy canes - processed into mint sweets

When Aunt Amalia finally died, smart entrepreneurs from Gränna jumped into the breach and continued their production of candy canes. For this reason, there are still the long red and white rods in the many sweets shops in the village.

 

Here the sugar mass for the candy canes seethes
Here the sugar mass for the candy canes seethes

 

Make candy canes in Gränna itself

We are guests in one of them, and Isaac, the managing director, tells us the story of Aunt Amalie. "In the meantime, we also make many other flavors in addition to the traditional candy canes," he adds. “There are polka prairies with a raspberry, strawberry or apple taste. But we are also experimenting with more exotic ingredients such as herbs, cocoa or coffee. "Then he laughs at me and says:" So, now it's your turn! You can make your own candy canes today. ”Says it and goes to his kitchen, where a thick sugar paste is already boiling on the stove and blowing bubbles. "I do the preparation. It takes practice. But afterwards you can continue, ”he says.

 

Isaac pours the sugar mass on the cold plate
Isaac pours the sugar mass on the cold plate
Part of the sugar mass is mixed with red dye and mint
One part of the sugar mass is mixed with red dye, the other with mint
The second part of the mass is kneaded with a spatula until it is white
The second part of the mass is kneaded with a spatula until it is white

 

This is how you make candy canes

He pours the hot and viscous yellowish mass onto a cold metal plate, which is cooled by cold water that is piped through under the plate. He keeps turning it with a spatula, slowly taking on a white color. "This is air that is kneaded into the sugar mass," he explains. He adds a red dye to a small part of the mass and a few drops of a liquid that smells strongly of mint to the other. "I have to be careful with this," she says. "Otherwise the candy canes will be too sharp." He turns both colors into a long strand, which - when he is cool enough - throws them over a heavy hook on the wall and pulls them out again and again until he is tough and so cool that I can edit the mass.

 

He continues this with a hook on the wall
He continues this with a hook on the wall
As the mass becomes tougher, it leaves the pulling of a machine
As the mass becomes tougher, it leaves the pulling of a machine

 

Then it's called rolling

He cuts off half of the strand and places it on a wooden board in front of me. "Now you roll the strand evenly until it reaches the width of the board." With large scissors, he cuts the strand in half, and I repeat the process until I have a row of about thumb-thick rods in front of me. "Now cut them in half again and wrap them in paper. Et voilá! Here you have your homemade candy canes! "

 

Then he twists the red with the white strand to thick candy canes
Then he twists the red with the white strand to thick candy canes
We roll the candy canes in ever thinner strands
We roll the candy canes in ever thinner strands

 

These have now become very cold and hard, so that we can easily take them with us on our trip through Sweden. They taste so good Petar that he consumes our entire supply of candy canes - with my occasional support - during our two-week trip to Sweden. At the end of our trip in Stockholm, he almost got another supply. But in the end he doesn't do it. "This is a reason to come back," he says. And he's right.

 

and pack them to go
and pack them to go

 

In Petar's video you can watch live how the candy canes are made:

 

 


Travel Arrangements:

Flight:

Book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*. The nearest airport is in Jönköping.

Check in:

From Jönköping you can reach Gränna in about 30 minutes by car.

Car Rentals:

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Hotels:

We are Jonkoping and surroundings * in Sweden you can book through our partner booking.com. We are in there Vox Hotel * spent the night.


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