Maxine “Mom” Blakeman started making her creamed pull candy in her home in Lancaster, KY in the 1940’s. She had a restaurant on the public square and made her candy available to her patrons. She was known for her generosity. During World War II, she always served any armed service men who came into her restaurant a free meal.
Residents of Lancaster who knew Mom Blakeman still talk of how she always had some candy for any school children who stopped by. After her husband passed away, she sold her large house to a couple on the condition that she could live in and make her candy in the two story garage on the property.
Mom Blakeman’s candy was well known throughout central Kentucky. Mom Blakeman was encouraged to market her candy in 1961 by her good friend, Colonel Harlan Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Upon her death in 1970, the business was passed down to a friend who worked with Mom. Changing owners only a few times, the company is still family owned and operated with one focus…making great candy.
How is it made?
Creamed pull candy is an old fashioned confection which was mainly known as a Christmas treat. Years ago it could only be made in the winter. People used to take the marble top off their washstand or dresser and take it outside in the winter time so the marble would get cold. They would cook the candy, take it outside and pour the hot candy on the cold marble and let the candy cool enough for them to work with it and pull it by hand. After the candy was pulled, it was then cut into pieces and placed in a warm area where it “creamed” into a wonderful treat. During the pulling and cutting stage of the process, the candy is a taffy.
Our process is no different! Making creamed pull candy depends on a lot of factors including the weather, timing and cooking temperature.Modern technology, such as compressors and temperature control allows us to make the candy all year round. Each day is different ....and each piece is delicious.
There is no comparison to Mom Blakeman’s Candy. Kentucky’s best-kept secret for over 58 years!!