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LEXINGTON, N.C. — Red Bird Peppermint Puffs have been around for more than a century. “There’s really a nostalgic tint to the peppermint candy; people are really familiar and always say their grandparents had it around,” said Piedmont Candy Company’s Director of Marketing Jenna Paquin. Paquin said the hand-crafted candy is known for the way […]

Piedmont Candy Company Turns out an NC Tradition


The Piedmont Candy Company in Lexington has delivered Christmas cheer to North Carolina families for generations. Its most popular candies — Red Bird peppermint sticks and puffs — are an iconic flavor of the holidays. Their name gives a nod to the North Carolina state bird, the cardinal, though their popularity reaches well beyond state lines. The candy is […]

Lexington candy company known for its sweet treats


LEXINGTON, N.C. — While it has become the taste of Christmas, the sweet treats turned out by the Piedmont Candy Company keeps people smiling year-round. To be ready for Christmas, they have to start in July. They are basically the last of their kind in the United States. All of their competition has either moved […]

Meet North Carolina’s Candy Makers


Piedmont Candy Company This candy outfit is rooted in Lexington, North Carolina history, established in the year 1890. Piedmont Candy makes gluten-free puffed mints and candies out of pure cane sugar. A variety of flavors are offered under the brand name Red Bird, from lemon to cinnamon. The company’s staple candy is its peppermint puffs, […]

Watch as peppermint happens … Red Bird earns its candy stripes


BY KATHLEEN PURVIS LEXINGTON, NC Let’s get this straight: The Piedmont Candy Co. doesn’t make candy canes. Candy canes are shiny. They’re crunchy. They stick to your teeth when you chew them. Piedmont Candy, the maker of Red Bird – North Carolina’s home-grown candy – makes candy sticks and candy puffs. And while some of […]

“A minted Christmas classic”


Red Bird peppermints have been around for 126 years, and are still a Holiday classic with more than 1 million bags sold the week before Christmas. A feature in North State Journal by Emory Rakestraw

Wilson’s World: Piedmont Candy Company


Wilson’s World hits the road to visit Piedmont Candy Company LEXINGTON, N.C. – Since 1890 the Piedmont Candy Company has been in business.  But, it wasn’t until today that Wilson found out just what hard work goes into making candy.

What’s Your Dish? Hot Chocolate From Scratch


Mary Cox from Piedmont Candy Company shows Good Day Charlotte how to make hot chocolate from scratch. Ingredients: 2 C milk 2 C half-and-half 1 C high quality semi-sweet chocolate Splash of vanilla extract 1 t. sugar, optional Red Bird Peppermint Puff candy stick