Direct from our friends at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen, here's what to expect from a visit to this 100 year old Morgan County icon, in a convenient FAQ format. The staff at the area's most popular candy shop have collected some of their most commonly asked questions, along with a fun video that highlights the process. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details on candy pour times, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year (they do specialty pours for other holidays such as Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, etc.). The shop is especially busy during the holiday season creating all that sweet Christmas magic, so before you call, please check out the information below to see if your questions have been answered. 

Q: What are your hours?

A: Our hours are kept up to date on our Facebook page. During November and December, we have public candy pours each Saturday and beginning the week of Thanksgiving we also plan to make candy canes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 6:30 pm until Christmas. We often pour two to three times on Saturdays during the holiday season. We make every effort to post exact Saturday pour times to Facebook as early in the week as possible. General store hours are: 
Sunday, 1 - 4 pm
Monday, 10  am - 6 pm
Tuesday, 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday, 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday, 10 am - 8 pm
Friday, 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm 

Q: Do you have a website?

A: No, we do not have a website. We currently only have our Facebook page and an Instagram account.

Q: Do you ship candy canes?

A: Yes, we can ship candy canes. However, we highly recommend that you pickup your order if you are close enough. It is expensive to ship the candy canes and they have a higher chance of breaking during shipping. Shipping cutoff date for Christmas delivery is December 15. 

Q: What are your pour times on Saturdays?

A: We have public pour times each week during November and December. Pour times on Saturdays do change a little from week to week depending on our personal schedules. We will post the times as early as we can!

Q: Do you have pour times on Sundays?

A: No, we do not make candy canes on Sundays. Usually we make other candies on Sundays, and visitors are always welcome to watch us work.

Q: What size candy canes do you have and what are the prices? Also, what flavors do you have?

A: All of this information can be found on our order form, found under the menu tab at the top of our Facebook page. (I have had some people tell me they can not open the order form. You may need to open it on a computer versus on your phone or mobile device.) We can make candy canes in nearly 20 different flavors and colors. Specialty orders are welcome throughout the year and we often do candy canes for special events such as weddings. As the holiday season progresses we are no longer able to take orders for for flavors other than peppermint and cinnamon, so if you want specialty flavors, please order as early as possible.

Sizes available are 6 inch, 9 inch, and 12 inch canes, which can be made as traditional canes or as straight sticks. We also have 1/4 lb. bags of pieces available for those who prefer their candy canes bite size! Costs range from $1 each to $2.50 each and the pieces are $3.75 per bag.  

Q: Do you do tours?

A: Yes, we offer private group tours, but we do book up very quickly for the holiday season. At this time, we have no openings for private tours before Christmas, 2018. Groups are always welcome to come in during public pour times throughout the season, or schedule a time after the Christmas season. 

Q: How many candy canes do you make each year? 

A: We make more than 30,000 candy canes each year, most of them during November and December for holiday visitor and special orders, though we do make and stock candy canes throughout the year as well. Our largest year so far was 2017 with more than 38,000 candy canes made by hand. 

Q: Does Santa shop at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen? 

A: Yes, he does! Santa is always looking for quality stocking stuffers and as a result, he visits the Martinsville Candy Kitchen twice each holiday season. You can usually find the jolly old elf here at the store on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the third Saturday in December. He's always happy to talk with kids of all ages while he's in the store, and parents are welcome to snap photos during his visit. 

 

Not quite sure what to expect from a visit to the Martinsville Candy Kitchen? Here's a quick look at the process, from beginning to end. The entire process takes approximately two hours from start to finish, and delights kids of all ages! Families love the holiday tradition of visiting the Martinsville Candy Kitchen to watch as Christmas magic takes the shape of candy canes.  

Video by Justin Drake of Creative Media Group.

 

IF YOU GO:
Be sure to explore other fun destinations in downtown Martinsville when you visit the Candy Kitchen. A visit isn't complete without lunch or dinner at a unique local eatery and browsing through local shops and boutiques. Make sure you leave plenty of time during your visit to explore, especially during the holiday season, your family will love the small town atmosphere of a walk around downtown, taking in the windows and lamp posts decorated for the holidays! If you have even more time to spend in the area, consider a trip to nearby Hunter's Honey Farm or Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery to make your holiday even sweeter.