Pounds of sugar go into making the popular holiday candy cane

Doescher's will make 500,000 candy canes

CINCINNATI - The candy cane is one of the most recognizable of the Christmas season. What does it take to make the colored, striped candy?

At Doscher's Candies in Downtown Cincinnati the process begins with an 83 pound confectionary concoction.

The candy canes go from cooked to hooked in about two hours.

"My job is very sweet, literally," said Doscher's Candies owner and president Greg Clark.

The sweet sticks start out as a sugary soup, boiled to exactly 310 degrees. As the minty mix cools, it's folded until it feels right.

"We then take it onto a taffy puller which again is unique to our process," Clark said.

The lump of sugar is wrapped in Doscher's signature style.

"I will put two big red stripes around the block but then I take my time and make three pin stripes which is just an added touch and we get compliments on it all the time," Clark explained.

The Doscher peppermint process started over 100 years ago, fittingly by a man named Claus.

"The founder of our company was Claus Doscher, so we are destined as people say to make candy canes for Christmas," Clark said.

This holiday, Doscher's Candies will twist and bundle about 500,000 candy canes.

"Quite honestly, people tell us their no other candy cane out there like it," Clark said.

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A Tri-State girl is spreading her own cheer this holiday season at Children's hospital. Her treat may not be loaded with lots of sugar, but it still leaves kids smiling

Alyssa Lewis is helping Santa by collecting coloring books for patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Lewis says she got the idea after she fell and bumped her chin.

"I previously had to go to Children's Hospital for stitches and it was sort of boring and not really fun," Lewis said.

Lewis, who was six-years-old at the time, was given a coloring book to help pass the time.

Her mother says she came up with the idea to help the hospital collect even more coloring books.

"Putting a smile on the kids faces, that's what she wants. She wants them to know that it's going to be ok. They're going to be fine," said Alyssa's mother, Tisha Lewis.

She collected over 2,000 coloring books this year.

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