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May 22, 2007 11:49 AM

corn syrup free candy?

i know this stuff is in almost everything with a label, but there's got to be a company that makes corn syrup free candy. i'm looking for candy canes/peppermint hard candy. i've already checked out yummy earth, st. claire's, and sweet botanicals. uncle joe's mint balls almost had me but they're more of a caramelized mint. any thoughts?

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  1. are you talking about regular corn syrup, or high fructose corn syrup?

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    1. None of those ring a bell. Have you tried Miette Confiserie

      If anyone would have high-quality peppermint hard candy that would be the place.

      You also might check with Lulu Rae Confections in Oakland

      There's a candy store in North Beach that is near Calzones, Z. Cioccolato, that has barrels of hard candy, most from Italy so that could be another place to look. I'm thinking imported candy would be less likely to use corn syrup.

      However, as chemchef points out, there is a difference between corn syrup and HFCS. When I was a child ... long before anyone would imagine HFCS, most recipes for hard candies called for corn syrup. Looking at some of my mom's ancient cookbooks confirmed that.

      The first two shops should be able to direct you to a supplier if they don't have what you are looking for.

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      1. re: rworange

        Is corn syrup better than high fructose corn syrup?

        1. re: nillabean

          Well, better is a relative term ... but it has been available for decades where HFCS is relatively new and has a bunch of health concerns attached to it. I've never been a corn syrup fan myself, preferring sugar. Search on the Not About Food board for HFCS and you should find a lot of information ... and debate.

          1. re: nillabean

            Wikipedia has a pretty good review of the two. Basically, corn syrup is glucose and HFCS is fructose. Both are naturally produced but the latter carries some significant health concerns when ingested in quantity.


        2. I don't know of specific sites off the top of my head, but most of this stuff will be in Jewish candy stores (there are several on the net that do mail order and plenty of other online or even local--depending where you are--stores that would carry it). See, corn in any form is not allowed during Passover, so there are lots of corn-free candies. Maybe some places have them leftover from Passover last month. If not, you'll have to wait until next year. You won't find Christmas-like candy canes, but there are a lot of things available.

          There are also companies that cater to people with allergies. Some do candy and some are corn-free. I assume there's a place that is both. Sorry, I don't remember exact sites. But a google search should turn some up.

          I know you want an actual name but maybe this can point you in the right direction.

          1. Try Pure Fun out of Canada. They use brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup. All organic, some even fair trade.

            They do a line of candy canes as well as hard candies.


            Right now I know you can order the cotton candy through Amazon, I'm not sure who is carrying their complete line of hard candies. You might want to pop them an email. I got to try everything when I went to ExpoWest earlier this year.


            1. Corn syrup is used for pretty specific reasons in candymaking, not just a cost cutter. Some types of candy are darned near impossible to make without it.