Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Grambsch family makes an appearance at Duluth’s “Depot Square” in the railroad museum to uphold the legacy of great-grandfather Ben Grambsch’s candy shop.

The shop’s founder passed away of a heart attack in 1966 while delivering candy. As a result, the shop closed and the trade was nearly forgotten.

Since 1982, however, the Grambsch family has returned every year to Grambsch Candy Kitchen at the Depot, using the same traditional hard-candy recipes learned from their great-grandfather Ben and grandfather Clyde.

“This is our family tradition,” Carmella Grambsch Anderson said in a news release. “It’s the beginning of our time together for the holidays.”

Bob Grambsch echoed his sister’s comments: “I learned from my dad and grandfather, and now I’m teaching my kids and grandkids how we did it back in the day.”

Visitors can observe the candy-making technique: The candy is cooked to a 300-degree boil, poured out of the “old brass kettle” onto cold stone, then pulled on a candy hook before it is finally hand-rolled out and pulled through wooden twisters. Ribbons and bows, buttons, twist sticks and candy canes will be made from scratch in five different flavors.

This Saturday at 10 a.m., the family will begin boiling their first batch of treats, which only takes about an hour to prepare. After that, a batch will be made every half hour until 3 p.m.

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