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Schimpff's Confectionery brings international feel to holiday open house

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In August, Warren and Jill Schimpff of Schimpff's Confectionery of Jeffersonville flew off to Sweden to compete as the only Americans in an international candy contest.

They were required to make red and white peppermint "polkagrisar", or polka dancing pigs.

They had to make this Swedish candy, on Swedish equipment, with Swedish ingredients, and using a 150-year-old Swedish recipe.

As expected, the Swedes won and the Schimpffs had no trophy for the wall.

Now the tables have been turned.

The Schimpff's invited Swedish candy maker, Carl Johan Arnesson, to come and make American candy, the American way, using old Schimpff family recipes.

From now until November 16th, he will be asked to help Warren make the hard candy that has been traditional at Schimpff's since 1891.

He will be striping, twisting and crooking candy canes by hand, curling ribbon candy on a piece of century-old equipment as well as putting Schimpff's Cinnamon Red Hots through an antique drop roll machine.

Carl Johan will also share his expertise in making those dancing Swedish pigs.

Each day, now through November 16th, he will show both U.S. and Swedish candy making techniques.

Enjoy Jeffersonville's Holiday Open House on Thursday, November 14th at Schimpff's from 6:00-9:00pm.

Carl Johan will pull, stretch, and wrap several batches of "polkagrisar' for guests to sample and buy.

CLICK HERE to get connected to Schimpff's Confectionery.

CLICK HERE to learn about the Candy Championships and the making of Polkagris, a Swedish candy.

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