One of my fondest childhood memories
is from the 1920`s. I went with my best friend to watch
her mother make barley candies in their kitchen. I remember
the fascinating shapes she made: a camel, a horse, and
a monkey. One barley lollypop lasted such a long time!
In 1971 my husband found three, antique
cast iron, clear toy molds and gave them to me for my
birthday. I then proceeded to search for an authentic
barley candy recipe. That summer I made my first lollypops.
I had not seen Barley Candy in stores anywhere, so I put
my lollypops in a basket and went around to shops in the
White Mountains. They were such a delightful success!
I was encouraged to take the lollypops to stores in Boston.
This was the beginning of my candy business.
Although we could find no one who still made lollypops
by hand, candy manufacturers were generous with advice.
Mr. Green of an old Boston candy machine company found
more of these clear toy molds for us. He gave us a mold
of a pair of billing doves. We put two holes in the bottom
and inserted two sticks to make our first innovation,
a “courting pop” (a lollypop for a loving
pair). Since then we have found molds all over the world
in factories, candy shops, antique shops, and flea markets.
We have found clear toy molds, ice cream molds, chocolate
molds, springerli (cookie) molds, honeycake molds, butter
stamps, and many more. Some are only half an inch long,
and others are three feet tall. We now have over 13,000
different shapes (including the camel, horse, and monkey).
Ours is quite likely the largest collection of antique
candy molds in the world.
The business grew too large for my home kitchen
in Belmont, Massachusetts. We moved into the house where
I was born in Eaton Center, New Hampshire. This former
inn has been in the family for eight generations. We remodeled
the entire first floor to create our “candy kitchen”.
With the help of one of my daughters and a few talented
friends, our candy making family was complete. My seventeen
grandchildren still make the best “taste testers”.
Over the years Dorothy Timberlake Candies continues
to make simple old-fashioned candy. We studied and experimented
to make a variety of unique barley candy products. Our
“Cut Glass” and “Sandwich Glass”
dishes are candy dishes you can eat! We have delicate
flowers, formed petal by petal. For Christmas, lollypops
and clear toys become ornaments with golden loops and
bows. Most recently we developed shimmering multi-colored
“Gems”. Every single barley candy lollypop
is still hand crafted one at a time. They are cooked in
small batches, poured precisely into the desired shapes,
cooled on marble, carefully filed to remove any sharp
edges, then individually wrapped and labeled.
Our web site illustrates only a few items in our
most popular assortments. Please get in touch with us
about the other beautiful creations we can make for you.