Taber Museum Children's Workshop: Clear Candy & the Molds that Made Them

Just for Kids

December 14, 2019

3:00 PM

Lycoming County Historical Society Taber Museum


The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, is hosting a Children’s Workshop on Saturday, December 14. The workshop is one in a series of scientific Children’s Workshops, supported by a grant from the Free and Accepted Masons.

   This workshop will explore clear toy candy-making and will be led by Rich Nornhold. Openings for a session at 3pm are available and pre-registration is required. The children will learn to make clear toy candy and of course, will be encouraged to ‘taste’ the creations! For this workshop, a parent (or an adult guardian) must accompany the child.

   Nornhold, a native of Snyder County, has been studying and admiring decorative arts for most of his life. He remembers his great great grandfather handing out clear candy as Christmas mementoes to his extensive family. This left an indelible impression on Nornhold. His early love of history developed into a teaching career which spanned forty years, teaching history and government studies at Warrior Run High School. As well, he has been associated with the Warrior Run/Fort Freeland Heritage Days Apprenticeship program. He is proficient in mentoring twelve different trades, including coopering.

     On Christmas Eve following a long-established tradition, children of Pennsylvania German families would leave a plate on the table hoping that it would be filled with nuts, an apple or an orange, and clear toy candyThe candy, often made in whimsical shapes such as farm animals, trains, or Father Christmas were created from a solution of corn syrup (alternately barley water), sugar, and water. Yellow, red or green food coloring were often used to enhance the candy’s appeal. A child may be registered by calling 570.326.3326 or by signing up via For further information, please us or visit our website at





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