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AMERICAN CANDY COMPANY GIVES CANDY CANES THEIR STRIPES

 AMERICAN CANDY COMPANY GIVES CANDY CANES THEIR STRIPES
 RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Can you imagine the holiday season without the pleasing tastes and smells of peppermint candy canes? At this time of year, Santa Claus is happy to have American Candy Company, a subsidiary of Pinkerton Group headquartered in Richmond, Va., on his side. The company's candy manufacturing facility in Selma, Ala., is one of the largest suppliers of candy canes in the nation. "Each year, our company produces more than 100 million candy canes," says Richard Gibian, the company's vice president of operations.
 The main ingredients in candy canes are corn syrup, sugar and peppermint oil. These ingredients are pressure cooked until the desired consistency is achieved and then cooled either by hand or machine. Once the candy mixture has reached the desired temperature, it is formed into a batch, which is a long oblong mass ready for striping.
 The batch is covered with three thin stripes and then two wider ones forming a hood over the oblong mass. The batch is then placed into a machine designed to roll the candy into pencil-thin pieces. Moving onto a conveyor belt, the candy is bent into a crook resembling the staffs of the shepherds of Bethlehem.
 After the candy canes have obtained their desired shape, they are shrink wrapped to form a protective outer covering which will help them retain their original shape. The candy canes are then packed in boxes and shipped nationwide.
 Health-conscious Americans can enjoy these treats without concern about consuming too many extra calories during the holiday season. According to research from the National Confectioners Association in McLean, Va., the average 1/2 oz. candy cane contains 55 calories, less than one gram of fat and no cholesterol. In addition to being enjoyed as a delicious treat, candy canes can also be used as decorations and for trimming Christmas trees.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Action photographs are available of employees at American Candy Company striping the batch of candy and of employees boxing the candy canes. If you would like either or both photographs, please contact Sara Means Geigel at 804-287-3369/
 /CONTACT: Sara Means Geigel, Public Relations Manager, Pinkerton Group, 804-287-3369/ CO: American Candy Company; Pinkerton Group ST: Virginia, Alabama IN: SU:


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