by: Evangelyn Caitom and Teresa Jane Tagayan
In the 17th century the German choir master had some sugar sticks bending to shepherd cracks as a special treat to its choir and that is how candy cane is believe to be invented but it was until more than a century later that they earned their stripes. Today, candy canes come in all different color and sizes. Candy makers start by cooking at the big batch of sugar, water and corn syrup. Next, they prepare on mix of starch and flavoring like pepper mint or strawberry, as they blend together the flavoring binds to the starch, the flavoring mixes empty into the middle of the syrupy slat then the whole thing is bend into a machine that bolds the bat using shebbles and plunger, this distributed the flavoring evenly. Cold water is piped in the shebbles and neading table to cool the candy cane mix so it takes on the steeper constituency that is necessary for the next step. Now it’s over to the automated polars, this polars stretch the mixture around the metal post, this action erates the candy turning it white, this batch will make 3200 candy canes but they are still a lot more work to be done. The candy is rolled into a fatlog while heater’s warm it until it’s pliable enough to shake. Next, strips of red colored candy are rolled out. A worker stretches and fold it to widest strips, two of the red strips are arranged on either side of the white candy, it weighs a hundred pounds so it takes too worker to transfer it to the next machine, it’s called Bat roller, and its cylinder rolled the candy thinner and thinner, dramatically reducing the diameter until it reaches candy cane dimensions, a torch move across the candy to keep it pliable then the sugar batch travels between wheels slammic down even more. The robot candy moves forward in a way like fashion that gives it some slacks so it doesn’t stretch as its move through the next set of wheels. The candy rope moves through two angle belts that twist it and a chain of knives cut it twisted ropes to candy cane size, this production has been perfectly choreograph one missed step and the job would hit his neural. There is a roll of cellophane on wings and the device wraps it around the candy sticks, a blast of hot air shrinks the cellophane on the ends of the canes, now it’s time for the candy sticks to get their signature cracks. A machine called cracker deck dense the ends, an over head bracket brush gently secure the canes because though they are pliable enough to bend they are still fragile, there is a camera inside this robotic arm which allows to spot the candy canes on the conveyer belt and pick them up to, at a time and It places card board packages by the dozen. It takes about half an hour to make a box of candy canes and they are sure to come to a very sticky end in even less time.