California Candy Canes

Logan’s Candies – Ontario, California

Photo credit: Krista Ames-Cook | www.ladybugblog.com

Did you know there is a place in Ontario, California where you can find handmade candy canes and assorted candies year-round?

I first learned about this place from a post on social media by Charles Phoenix a few years ago. The larger-than-life candy cane was what initially caught my eye. Then I saw the name of the candy shop, Logan’s Candies, and I knew that a visit at some point was a must! Stay tuned and you will discover why a visit to Logan’s Candies was on my list of “must do” activities.

Charles Phoenix with Suzy & Jerry Rowley (owners of Logan’s Candies) in 2014. | Photo courtesy of Charles Phoenix’s Facebook page.

As legend has it, candy canes have been around for over 300 years. In more recent times, candy canes have become an iconic symbol of Christmas and it is a special treat when you can see them made in person. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, several candy shops, including those at the Disneyland Resort, make hand-pulled candy canes with demonstrations that are open to visitors and guests. However, Logan’s Candies in Ontario continues making candy canes even after Christmas and has been making candy canes the same way since 1933.

In early December, we embarked on a day trip from San Diego to Ontario to visit Logan’s Candies. My grandson, who is named Logan, came with us, which seemed fitting since he shares a name with the candy shop. Per the Logan’s Candies Facebook page, candy cane demonstrations were planned for the day we visited, however they were scheduled for later in the afternoon/evening and we arrived in the morning. Nonetheless, we enjoyed looking at the various sizes of candy canes, the different flavors of ribbon candy, and the other sweets and gift items available to bring home. Candy canes at Logan’s range in size from 6″ to 6′ (yep, feet).

Logan’s Candies is located on west B Street, which is off of Euclid Avenue in the historic downtown area of Ontario, California. The shop occupies three connected storefront spots and there is street parking in front and on the adjacent side streets. If you plan on visiting, be sure to check the official website and/or Logan’s Facebook page for the candy making demonstration schedule – especially if you would like to see how the candy is made. Demonstrations are limited to available space and it is suggested you show up 15 – 20 minutes prior to ensure availability. Also, public restrooms are not available so be sure to plan accordingly.

Let’s look inside!

Logan’s Candies was closed for Christmas and on December 26th. It will reopen on December 27th with candy demonstrations scheduled, so you still have time to visit if you are looking for a day trip during winter break. On the 27th and 28th of December Logan’s will have demonstrations of candy canes at 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:00 PM. You are invited to bring your festive family and to keep the Christmas spirit going.

Not able to make it to Logan’s Candies in person? Check out this video of how they make candy canes here.

Video Clip: Making Candy Canes at Logan’s Candies courtesy of “A Christmas Barrel” – How do you make Candy Canes? via YouTube, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to Logan’s Candies and our grandson, Logan, relished in it sharing his name. At the candy counter, we purchased a couple candy cane hearts, a handful of small candy canes, and a half dozen ribbon candy in various flavors. We also bought a small bag of broken candy canes that we crushed up for ice cream topping. In addition to the traditional peppermint candy canes, Logan’s Candies offers different flavors of candy canes like cinnamon, root beer, and cherry. Planning ahead for Valentine’s Day? You may want to consider a giant (1/2 pound) chocolate kiss also available at Logan’s.

Logan’s Giant Kiss (1/2 pound) – available year-round and perfect for Valentine’s Day. | Photo credit: Krista

Every year in December, Logan’s Candies hosts candy making demonstrations for the public and by group appointments. This is your opportunity to come and see the craftsmanship and care that is put into all their handmade, gourmet candies. You may even get to taste a sample whey they share the candies that were made right in front of you. Group appointments require reservations. Per the website, you should call the first week of July 2018 for information on booking your group in 2018. If you follow Logan’s Candies on Facebook, you will also learn about pop-up candy demonstrations at Logan’s throughout the year. A visit to Logan’s Candies will not disappoint, particularly if you have a sweet tooth!

Which flavor of candy cane would you bring home from Logan’s Candies? Have you seen candy canes made in person? If so, where and what did you think about it? Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments!

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