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Schimpff's shares its secrets to making Easter candy

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Schimpff's Confectionery has been a staple in Jeffersonville for more than 100 years.

The Jeffersonville candy shop is overflowing with Easter candy this time of year, and we're learning the secret to their signature candy: red hot hoppers.

They start by mixing sugar and corn syrup, then adding a bit of water. They boil that mixture on an open kettle to 320 degrees and stir in the red dye.

After about 25 minutes, they pour the hot liquid onto a cooling table to harden.

"We don't want it to still be a liquid when we work with it but it cools very rapidly," said Warren Schimpff, owner and candy maker.

He pours on the cinnamon oil that adds the spicy flavors and folds it into the candy. Schimpff has to keep the candy warm while he runs it through the molding machine.
Schimpff snips off several chunks of candy, running it through the machine turning it into the sweet and spicy red hot hoppers.

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