Searching for Made in the USA Candy Canes……

by Sarah on December 18, 2011



One of my favorite things to do at Christmas time  is to cozy up with a mug of good hot chocolate with lots of peppermint candy canes added in (of course sitting near the Christmas tree or a nice warm fire helps too).  I will either grind up a couple of candy canes to add to the hot chocolate or use one or two peppermint sticks to stir the hot chocolate until it melts. The King Leo Brand soft peppermint sticks have been at the top of the list until this year!  Unfortunately, I discovered they are made in Mexico.


So I have been searching for a Made in the USA replacement…….


I have checked Target…mostly made in Mexico or made in China, except for the Smartees Brand. The company makes a Made in the USA Smartees flavored candy cane.madeinusacandy10

But I wanted to find traditional peppermint flavored candy canes. I checked 2 local grocery stores, and I found mostly made in Mexico candy canes there as well. I did find  Hammond’s candy canes (pictured at the top) but in flavors such as strawberry and carmel apple.madeinusacandy5

Also, I found a Made in the USA 2 lb peppermint candy stick from a company, Atkinson’s in Lufkin, Texas. (This is the closest that I came to finding a traditional made in America candy cane).


And finally at  a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store, I found the Cinnabon brand flavored candy canes that were Made in the USA.

On a positive note–I found various other Made in the USA candies such as Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch and Candy Cane Pop Drops from the Tootsie Roll company at Target. Chocolate and assorted candy from the Signature Chocolate brand and Russell Stover brand  at the grocery stores. I also found various Peeps at Jo-Anns that were labeled Made in the USA.


Unfortunately, I never did find Made in the USA candy canes. I am sure there have to be some out there…………. If anyone knows where I can purchase some before the holidays, please let me know, otherwise I will be taking a hammer to the 2 lb stick!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Alan from Colorado January 4, 2012 at 5:47 am

Red Bird Peppermint Puffs are still made in the USA and have the traditional candy cane peppermint flavor. I find them at the local dollar store and Walgreens.


Sarah January 6, 2012 at 2:07 am

Thank you for the comment and for the great find! I will try my local Walgreens to find Red Bird Peppermint Puffs!
Thanks again,


Matt January 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I found the Red Bird Soft Peppermint Puffs at my local Dollar General. They are manufactured by the Piedmont Candy Company and proudly labled Made In The USA.


Karen November 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I too have been searching for the made in usa candy canes…refuse to buy made in Mexico.


Honey November 19, 2012 at 3:43 am

Hammonds has a peppermint cane as well as exotic flavors. Great


Maria December 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I have been searching too. I want to be able to let my kids enjoy a treat that was made here in the USA… it really bothers me when they are made in China and Mexico. Shame on Spangler for moving their Ohio production of candy canes to Mexico.


Elaine January 15, 2013 at 12:10 am

Dumas Candy Company in Louisiana makes great peppermint candies.


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