Come Enjoy a SWEET 125-year-old Holiday Tradition!
A rare sweet holiday tradition that began in 1898 in Champaign, Illinois has since lived on in Bradenton Beach since 2004. Using his grandfather’s recipe and original equipment, Peter Vriner will demonstrate the 125-year-old candy cane-making techniques that has had also been known and loved by many celebrities. The public is invited to watch the demonstration, and children may form their own candy canes for purchase.
November 17th-18th, 2023
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December 1st-2nd, 2023
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December 15th-16th, 2023
6PM – 8PM
The Fudge Factory
117 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Twist the Magic of Candy
Here is your first opportunity to make a candy cane from scratch! Let’s do it together!
Learn from the best & make your very own!
This Holiday Candy Cane tradition began with Peter Vriner’s grandfather in 1898 in Champaign, Illinois and then brought the sweetness to Bradenton Beach in 2004.
Peter still uses his grandfather’s recipe and original equipment that has been in the family for generations!
Peter Vriner will demonstrate the 125-year-old candy cane-making techniques that is still the exact same way it was done in 1898 at the Fudge Factory, 117 Bridge St. on Friday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.
His grandfather, Peter George Vrinios, a Greek immigrant who changed the family name to Vriner, opened Vriner’s Confectionary in Champaign, and over the years, the business was run by generations of the Vriner family. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and was visited by many celebrities.
“President Kennedy gave a speech in the back of a railroad car right there by the confectionary,” Vriner said. “He had one of our candy canes and said it was the best he ever had.”
He said Al Capone had been a regular customer who enjoyed marshmallow sundaes. Eleanor Roosevelt enjoyed their chocolate sodas. Roger Ebert visited almost daily when he worked at the News-Gazette, and REO Speedwagon’s R.E.O./T.W.O. album cover was photographed at the confectionary shop.
The shop closed in 1997, and when Vriner decided to move to Florida in 2004, he couldn’t bear to leave the candymaking equipment behind.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do with a 100-pound marble table, copper kettles and gas burners, but I didn’t want to drop the tradition, so I brought it all with me,” he said.
He said he approached Ben Kaminecki at the Fudge Factory in 2004 and asked if he would be interested in working as a team on the candy canes during the holiday season.
“He said yes and we’ve been partners ever since,” Vriner said.
Vriner begins with cooking the mixture and after 30 minutes, pours it out onto the same 100-pound 6×4-foot marble slab that his grandfather used.
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