If you’re looking for a holiday tradition that has endured for more than 150 years, you may be disappointed to learn that Lemon Grove isn’t the only one.
“Candy cane” is a family name, a reference to the popular candy bar sold at local businesses throughout the country, and a favorite of the holiday season, said John G. Gass, owner of the Gass Candy Company in Orange County.
Gass said he’s “not surprised” at the popularity of the seasonal treat.
“It’s a very traditional thing, you know?
I mean, it’s not a new thing.
I think you’ve got to make it unique,” Gass said.
Gass has made lemon groves and candy cane candies for over 20 years, and says his business has grown since he first started selling the product in the 1980s.
He added that lemon grovers and candies have a strong connection to Christmas, which is why the company began offering a special edition with a lemon groveler and candie.
“I think it’s just something that is very unique to us.
It has to be special, and it’s got to be really delicious,” Gaskins said.
“So, it really is just a treat that’s been around for years, it just kind of becomes a part of that tradition.”
It’s not just the holiday that makes lemon grooves a seasonal tradition, it is a part that’s a big part of American culture, said Amy J. Rees, a professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Florida.
“If you look at the way we eat, it was an American tradition to make lemon bars and candy bars and sweets, and that was really what we were doing,” Rees said.
“And it was a celebration of Christmas, so there was always a lot of candy around and it was always associated with Christmas.”
Rees said the traditions of Christmas are important to children and families, especially when it comes to creating holiday traditions.
“In the United States, Christmas has become an almost all-consuming holiday, but the kids are the ones that really get involved in it,” Reys said.
Rees also pointed out that many of the children in her school are immigrants and that it’s important to celebrate those cultures.
“The immigrant kids, the ones who have been living in this country for a long time, they have a lot to learn,” Reews said.
Some people don’t think it matters if a candy is made with sugar or flour, Rees says.
“But if you’re not able to eat the product, it still is an important part of Christmas and you have to make sure it’s delicious.”
It is a tradition that people love, and they just love it, said Rees.
“I think that’s one of the things that really appeals to people is that they’re really appreciative of the food and the people who make it.”
Reiss said she hopes to continue to make holiday treats in the future.
“As the year goes on, it becomes more and more and so it’s more and less about the product,” she said.