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Ohio’s Own: Spangler Candy

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Spangler CandyPhoto by Miriam Bowers Abbott
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Halloween is just around the corner. It’s time to stock up on candy, and if you’re serious about your Ohio Proud-ness, then Dum Dums are gonna be your go-to. Sure, you can stock up on the Reese’s and Snickers too, but if you want some local integrity, then you’ll have to put something from Spangler Candy in the mix. Dum Dums fit the bill. 

Spangler, headquartered in Bryan, Ohio, has been making candy since 1906. It’s well known for lollipops, candy canes, and circus peanuts (which deserve some virtual ink in themselves). The nice thing about the Dum Dums line of lollipops is that the treats really and truly have flavors – not just various colors of sugar. According to Spangler’s in-house polling, the number one favorite is blue raspberry, followed by cotton candy, and then root beer. According to a consumer website, buttered popcorn Dum Dums are the least popular. 

As for circus peanuts, as tempting as that banana-flavored puffy option might be, it’s not typically packaged in single-serve portions for Halloween distribution. That said, there’s no reason why you can’t hoard a whole bag all to yourself. For a seasonal activity, you can also roll circus peanuts in the palm of your hand and shape them like little pumpkins: that’s a suggestion from the Spangler website, which also hosts a bevy of crafty ideas for Dum Dums. You know, for the leftovers, after the holiday.

Here’s another cool thing. Dum Dums are Spangler’s Halloween thing, and Spangler is pretty much candy cane HQ for Christmas…Now, it has recently purchased Sweethearts, the traditional Valentine candy with cheeky comments printed on each piece. That would add another holiday jewel to the candy maker’s crown. What about Easter? Well, the Spangler team has another little crafty idea for those circus peanuts: a little rolling and reshaping at home, and they make perfect banana-flavored carrots.

For more information, visit spanglercandy.com.

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