Handmade candy canes herald the season
Gardner savors 20-year tradition
GARDNER - A small, sweet piece of Christmas shows up quietly here two days after Thanksgiving, in the form of 2,000 pure-sugar candy canes, handmade at Priscilla candy store on Main Street. For the last 20 years, the shop has invited customers to stop by on the fourth Friday and Saturday in November as its staff draws transforms vats of sugar syrup into pink, red, white, amber, and green striped candy canes. Co-owner Jimmy Gallant and his helpers turn out six batches per day, about 1,000 canes. Offered in peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, vanilla, and molasses and priced at $2.75 each, the canes usually sell out within two weeks, Gallant says.