Meet SoCal’s Legendary Candy Cane Man Can

Crowds gather at Logan's Candies in Ontario as candy cane man Jerry Rowley slaps sugar to make candy canes, start to finish, right before their eyes.

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Logan's Candies has been making candy canes by hand in their shop since 1933.
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It starts out like this. Sugar, water and corn syrup boiled up then poured on the slab in the storefront to cool off just enough to be handled.
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Crowds gather to watch outside as candy man Jerry Rowley starts working the candy like pizza dough.
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He pours in just an ounce of peppermint oil to the mix ... a gallon costs $500! "Makes gas prices seem reasonable," he says.
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"What's the big hook on the wall for?" Jerry will show us in just a second.
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OH! About two-thirds of the mixture he had on the table is slapped up onto the hook and pulled around and around like crazy.
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It's a workout! Jerry says it's almost like beating egg whites; stretching the sugar and incorporating air is what turns this portion of the candy cane white.
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The red part gets to just sit there and stay warm and pliable under this giant burner hood, which looks like a barbecue grill lid with flames shooting out of it horizontally.
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Jerry shows us the part that will become Logan's signature 5 stripes on the candy canes. (The blob of red still on the table will become the biggest red stripe.)
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See, five little red ones, and one big red stripe. Jerry has been doing this since he was 12 years old when he got a part time job at Logan's.
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Jerry bought Logan's in 1983 and enjoys the floor show he provides along with the 80-thousand or so candy canes he makes during the holidays.
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It kind of looks like a big turkey leg before he starts twisting and forming candy canes.
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This is when the real fun begins. A production line starts, and the crowd watches and waits for a taste!
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Sometimes the crowd, inside and outside, swells to 200 people for the 3x a day candy cane line. Some of the kids here are 3rd generation customers.
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A teeny tiny candy cane pillow cut from the pliable log is heaven on the tongue. It's still warm, a little chewy, but parts of it shatter in your mouth.
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If it's standing room only ...
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... they just watch through the window on B street in Ontario.
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Logan's gives their candy canes a little extra sass in the hook, that says "I wasn't made in a factory. Check me out!"
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