Piedmont Candy Co. Is The Star Of Holiday Celebrations


Iconic Red Bird Peppermint puff mints sweeten festivities, decor and beverages

LEXINGTON, NC — What’s red, white and peppermint and flies off the shelves this time of year? Red Bird Peppermint puffs, a holiday tradition for 125 years, thanks to Piedmont Candy Co. in Lexington.

Consider the numbers:

Thirty Red Bird mints are consumed per second.

One million Red Bird bags, tubs and sticks are sold in the week leading up to Christmas.

Red Bird Peppermint puffs and sticks account for almost 85 percent of the company’s business.

As we ready to say goodbye to 2015, Red Bird Peppermint puffs are a sweet addition to New Years celebrations: Use a Red Bird peppermint stick to stir peppermint flavor into hot chocolate, or as a merry, delicious swizzle stick in a Champagne cocktail (and crush Red Bird mints to add a festive sugared rim to the glass).

Red Bird candies make a tasty addition to holiday celebrations, the white and red swirl adding festive touches on tabletops and in other decor. Red Bird candies, in individual pillow packaging, make a great edible alternative to packing peanuts for shipping.

Red Bird candies are made in small batches of 100 pounds that are striped and shaped by hand, making each puff and stick unique. Founded in 1890 near where the facility stands today in Lexington, Piedmont Candy Company has improved and grown over the years thanks to modern technological advances. At the same time, they’ve held strong to the ideals and methods that have made Red Bird such an enduring favorite, including using 100 percent pure cane sugar, all natural peppermint oil and creating the stripes in Red Bird candy by hand.

Red Bird products are proudly made in North Carolina, but can be found in retail stores across the country, including Walgreens, Williams-Sonoma, CVS, Rite-Aid, A Southern Season and Lowes Foods, among others.


Since 1890, Piedmont Candy Company has been creating high quality candy in Lexington, NC. The 125 year-old business has remained family-owned-and-operated, populated with extremely passionate candy makers and employees. PCC’s unique manufacturing process, combined with the pure cane sugar ingredients, give Red Bird puffs a unique soft texture that is distinctly Southern and uniquely Red Bird. PCC is proud to be a part of the Lexington community and plans to continue adding jobs to the local economy. For more information, visit piedmontcandy.com.



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