Arkadelphia Candy Quite Popular At Christmas

    6:47 PM, Dec 6, 2006   |    comments
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    “And it was mainly just during the Christmas season,” says Gary Andrews. His mother started making peanut brittle in an 8 by 10 kitchen when he was a little boy. Now, he runs an operation that sends peanut, pecan and cashew brittle all over the world. Moreover, Christmas is the busy time of year. Andrews says, “We go through probably about 25,000 pounds of peanuts in two and a half months. We go through 10,000 pounds of pecans and about 6 or 7,000 pounds of cashews.” Mrs. Andrews first made the candy as a gift to local teachers. Since then, the demand has grown. Andrews says, “We have a lot of corporate gifts. A lot of people buy it mail order. People coming through from Texas, Louisiana and surrounding states, they'll come through here and buy it and take it home.” Only two miles away, they're filling Christmas orders for peanut brittle at Juanita’s Candy Kitchen. Shauna Sorrells demonstrates, “These haven't been weighed up yet but these are the three pound containers of our brittle and you can see it's all very thin.” Juanita's brittle is very popular too. They've had customers walk in the store from Hawaii and even Maine. Here they use 350 pounds of sugar a day to make all the candy needed to satisfy the Christmas sweet tooth in their clients. Sorrells says, “We do a lot of shipments for the holidays and for their Christmas lists you know. They put peanut brittle on it and we send it out for them.”

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