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Join Atlas Obscura Society Philadelphia for a visit to Shane Confectionery’s historic candy kitchen for a hands-on exploration of Victorian clear toy and hard candy. Clear Toy Candy, Barley Candy, or ”Dierich Orde Glass” is a Pennsylvania-German tradition that dates back to 1772, and involves molding sugar into a hard-candy sculptures. This candy was, and still is, a traditional holiday gift among local Pennsylvanians; one part play-thing, and one part edible treat.
Throughout the evening, guests will make a variety of candy using 19th-century equipment, molds, techniques, and herbal flavors! Attendees will learn about candy and medicine’s intertwined past, crank a 19th century drop roller, and create their own clear toy candy sculptures—all in the kitchen of America’s oldest confectionery.