Brattleboro, Vermont – Maple candy is arguably the most natural candy in the world. It is also the oldest candy in North America, with roots dating back to pre-colonial days when Native Americans boiled maple syrup in clay pots over open fires to create maple sugar and candy. Coombs Family Farms is celebrating this heritage with a new line of Pure Maple Candy.
For several generations, the Coombs family has been making delicious Pure Maple Candy. In 1925, Bob Coombs Sr. was the first Coombs to make maple candy for sale to the public. Now, his Grandson Arnold is resurrecting the family recipe. An old vintage photo on the company website www.coombsfamilyfarms.com shows Bob Coombs Sr. selling his famous maple candy from a booth at a fair.
Made from 100% pure maple syrup, Coombs maple candy is special due to the way it is cooked, cooled and stirred. From start to finish it takes Coombs Family Farms five days to produce maple candy from pure maple syrup.
“We refer to it as Nature’s Candy,” Arnold Coombs, President of Coombs Family Farms and a 7th generation maple farmer. “I remember the joy of making it as a boy, with the sweet vapors wafting from our sugarhouse into the forest,” says Coombs. This natural treat, which is created by evaporating water content from pure maple syrup, is a unique and authentic snack, dessert or energy boost. Coombs Family Farms Pure Maple Candy is 100% pure, Kosher, and doesn’t contain artificial flavors or colors, preservatives or thickeners.
The new candy selection is ideal for gift-giving and includes an attractive gift box with 24 bon bons (5.75-ounces) in a variety of shapes, as well as traditional single-serve packages including: the maple candy woodsman (.75-ounce); and the maple candy leaf (1.5 ounces). The colorful packaging on each candy product includes classic New England artwork featuring a sugarhouse and mischievous Black Bears stealing sap from pails strung on maple trees in the forest.
Market surveys indicate that today’s consumers are increasingly interested in the authentic story behind the products they buy. “People think its special how maple syrup is ‘Mother Nature’s sweetener’ that is derived directly from a tree,” says Arnold Coombs, President of Coombs Family Farms. Coombs’ customers appreciate the fact that they are purchasing candy from a company that supports small family farmers and is committed to environmental stewardship. Coombs Family Farms has harvested pure maple syrup for seven generations and is one of the few maple product companies that still manages its own maple farms. The company is allied with hundreds of independent farmers that share their commitment to quality, environmental stewardship and sustainable forestry. “I tap 300 year old maple trees that my grandparents tapped and we still support many of the same small farms they did,” says Coombs.
Back in the old days, early American settlers and natives prized maple sugar and candy, rather than syrup because it was easier to pack and store. Maple syrup became more popular toward the end of the 19th century.
In addition to the sweet flavor of maple candy, people are attracted to its nostalgic story. Maple sugaring is an important part of New England history and culture. For more information, visit www.coombsfamilyfarms.com or call 888-266-6271.
“TAPPING INTO FUN MAPLE FACTS”
· It typically takes about 40 years to grow a maple tree large enough to tap.
· Maple sap starts flowing several weeks earlier than sap in other tree species.
· The normal maple syrup season lasts 4-6 weeks (late February - early April).
· Maple sap contains only between 1% to 7% sugar, averaging about 2.5% sugar.
· It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup.
· It takes 1 gallon of syrup to produce 8 pounds of candy or sugar.
· Each tree tap produces about 10 gallons of sap per season.
· The old-timers claim “a good tree flows at a steady 2 drops per heartbeat.”
· A tree 10 inches in diameter is considered the minimal tapable size.
· For the best quality syrup, sap should be boiled the same day it is gathered.
· It usually takes from 1-3 hours for sap to be evaporated into maple syrup.
· Vermont has an ideal climate for growing sugar maple trees and for sap flow.
· Vermont is the largest maple syrup producing state, generating 500,000 gallons (2003).
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