Inside a Candy Factory!
Idaho Spuds are actually not a potato, they’re a chocolate candy and they are made at the Idaho Candy Company, in this factory right behind me. Let’s pop inside see how they make their magic. *magical harp chimes* Idaho Candy Company is the oldest candy company in Idaho. We’ve been around since 1901, and actually we’ve been in this plant since 1909, so we have over a hundred years in the same location. We run on four stories about 24,000 square feet of candy goodness. My family bought the company about 32 years ago and my dad passed away about ten years ago, so I get to be officially the Candyman now of Idaho, which is a pretty fun game. We do 4 regional candy bars. Biggest seller’s the Idaho State Bar and then we do Huckleberry Gems, Cherry Cocktails, Old Faithfuls and then we do a box butter toffee Owyhee butter toffee, which we do a ton of for Christmastime and right now, it is Christmas time really for us, so we’re starting to make a whole bunch of it. We’re run on old kettles. It comes out about 290 degrees and so we have to cool it on the table because we can’t form it like that, it’s too liquidy, and then we can run it through and probably gets in between 180 and 200 degrees then we start forming it. It’s coming off the line; its forms in between two brass rollers. We have all different kinds of sizes of brass rollers so we can make lots of different shapes. It’ll fall into a spinning lazy susan and it breaks apart. For Christmastime we’ll make about 50,000 pounds of toffee, and mostly that’s just sold in Southern Idaho, so it’s kind of a — we have a really great market penetration for the area that we’re in. So that was delicious and worth wearing a hairnet for. My sweet tooth has been satisfied. Thank you Idaho Candy Company for the deliciousness and as always: #keepitquirky!