How Candy Stretches Around the World
April 22, 2017 7:31 PM   Subscribe

 
These are delightful, but just watching the Nepalese fellow makes my shoulders ache.
posted by HeroZero at 7:45 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


Yeah, no kidding. I think he did the equivalent of about 500 burpees.
posted by rhizome at 7:53 PM on April 22 [2 favorites]


I had, you know, like, shit to do tonight.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:57 PM on April 22




I haven't had sugar in almost 8 months, I don't belong opening any of these, but damnit I did.

Interesting in the American video she mentions that without the machine she was employing she'd be throwing it over a hook (as in the Nepalese video) and called it brutal work. And by the looks of the Nepalese video, it does in fact appear to be pretty exhausting work.
posted by nevercalm at 8:18 PM on April 22 [2 favorites]


The Turkish one was mesmerizing.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:58 PM on April 22


Hello yes I would like to put all of these into my mouth, thanks.
posted by quaking fajita at 9:04 PM on April 22


Wait, how can we have a candy pulling video thread without mentioning the previous viral sensations of Lofty Pursuits and their candy pulling hook?
posted by drewbage1847 at 9:08 PM on April 22 [6 favorites]


I love this sort of thing, and have just been sucked into an hour-long youtube spiral. One of my favorites was seeing dragon beard candy being made, both because it's pleasing to watch and because these guys have their patter down.
posted by mishafletch at 9:20 PM on April 22 [18 favorites]


The American video claims that the "Brooklyn-based candy factory pulls its taffy the old-school way" and then shows the woman draping the taffy over the hooks of a machine.

I expected to see pairs of human beings with buttered hands working the taffy between the two of them until it reached the point where it was sufficiently stiff to cut into pieces. For children, this typically coincides with the point when the taffy becomes too stiff for them to continue pulling.

That's old school.
posted by she's not there at 9:49 PM on April 22 [2 favorites]


...the demand for taffy in America's beach resorts, the taffy pulling process was ripe for some mechanical disruption. In the course of his research, Professor Thiffeault found close to 200 U.S. patents involving taffy pulling machines and processes... - Inside the epic quest for a more perfect taffy

A Mathematical History Of Taffy Pullers
posted by rh at 9:55 PM on April 22 [3 favorites]


I've seen that Dragon Beard one before, but it's worth watching again and again, because yeah. Those men have brung the show.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:58 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


I love how many ways there are to work and form sugar.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:17 PM on April 22


Hypnotic, mesmerizing, enchanting.
posted by Fizz at 10:18 PM on April 22


Handblown animal candy! Not sure I want to eat something formed with spit though.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:33 PM on April 22 [1 favorite]


Even better sugar blowing. I mean, it's a big horsey!
posted by Burhanistan at 10:37 PM on April 22


When I was a kid, I could watch the salt-water taffy puller at the old Marini's on the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz for hours.
posted by rhizome at 12:01 AM on April 23 [1 favorite]


Delightful--thank you!
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:05 AM on April 23


Here's an old school British film of people making British rock. Here's your rock soundtrack.
posted by biffa at 7:24 AM on April 23 [4 favorites]


My YouTube skillz are failing me, so all I can contribute is the fact I can't find my favourite bit of on-screen taffy pulling - in M. Hulot's Holiday. Understated physical comedic genius (obvs: Tati) all from Hulot getting hypnotised by the sugary goodness's more and more precarious dangling off its hook. I implore you to seek it out.
posted by threecheesetrees at 8:24 AM on April 23






Contrast between the Nepali video and the others is striking-- most take place in reasonably clean-looking situations... versus the dirty room of the Nepali candy puller (literally, dirt and trash on the walls and in the corners)
posted by vs at 8:02 AM on April 24


Oh, man. Pronunciation makes a huge difference. Chungju is pronounced Choong-ju, which is a different city from Cheongju, which is how that Great Big Story video pronounces it. Also they completely botch the pronunciation of Goryeo, which is two syllables: Go-ryuh.

Yeot is funny, though, since telling someone to eat it is an insult.
posted by anem0ne at 2:21 PM on April 24


Also, if you want another one, there's a Korean honey-based candy that ends up as lots of tiny strings.
posted by anem0ne at 2:24 PM on April 24


Papabubble - Barcelona
posted by jcruelty at 6:30 PM on April 24


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