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Locals compete in international candy competition

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JEFFERSONVILLE, In. (WDRB) -- For years, Schimpff's Confectionery in Jeffersonville has been the spot in Southern Indiana for folks with a sweet tooth. You name it, the shop does it well.

Recently the owners, Jill and Warren Schimpff decided to step, or fly in this case, out of their tasty comfort zone here in greater Louisville and over to Granna, Sweden.

"We're very excited about it. To be invited, it's kind of an honor," Warren Schimpff said.

It's a part of the world that prides itself on making candy-cane looking peppermint sticks, called Polkagrisar. It may look and even taste exactly like the minty treat we get around Christmas, but to pros overseas it's much different.

"The recipe is different, and the technique is different. We have to do it their way to win," Jill Schimpff explained.

There is no doubt the Southern Indiana couple knows how to make candy, but Polkagrisar was a bit of a different thing for them.

"It's kind of like being a chef and being invited to Japan to compete in a sushi contest. We've made six or seven attempts, so we're getting better at their technique,"

The practicing will continue next week in Sweden leading up to the candy competition on Friday and Saturday. And while the Schimpffs are modest people, they're not ruling out one sweet victory.

"I just don't know. We might luck out," Warren Schimpff said.

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