The seashore isn’t the first thing that I generally think about in wintertime and I believe that that might be a fair statement to make about most people. The shore is for sun, sand, hot and lazy days filled with fun and adventure, right? Perhaps people most adept to difficult weather are the inhabitants of the seashore during the wintertime - a weather-beaten bunch hunkered down in coastal communities. However, it is this spirit of perseverance through tempestuous weather that drove a small community to first land and then flourish in this little seaside town of what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts on November 11, 1620. The pilgrims were just about to begin their first winter in a new land - did they find it beautiful despite the hardship?
Many generations later as I walk down the chilly streets of the Provincetown we know today I am struck by the beauty of this place, even in winter. The sun glints off of frosted water, crusted into heaves at the beach’s edge. The shops, many of which have tucked in for the winter still emit a warmth of seasons yet to come. And finally, neighbors, many of whom have been less inclined to venture out, now seem to seek out a familiar face and spend the length of an afternoon or a cup of coffee together to re-root themselves again.
At Cabot’s Candy we feel incredibly lucky to be part of this historical piece of land and storied town. Since opening our doors in 1927 we have seen neighbors come and go, families grow and seasons change. We count ourselves as part of the tried and tested inhabitants of the seashore. If you find yourself in Provincetown this winter come in and warm up with us - we are open all year round. If you can’t make it out to the tip of the Cape this winter you can see what we are up to on Facebook and Instagram.
When you think of a candy factory what do you imagine? Do you think of the wild and fantastical world of Willy Wonka, Charlie, and the Oompa Loompas? Or maybe it looks a little bit more like the candy factory in Dick Van Dyke’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - everything toot sweet and truly scrumptious?
Well as much as we love sentimental candy factories in the movies, the reality is even more delightfully fizzy-pop!
I recently took a tour of our candy factory located beneath the store at 276 Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Cabot’s started hand producing our signature candy in 1927 as the seaside-leisure boom was in full 1920s swing, and finally had to open a factory and store in 1955 to accommodate the demand for our taffy. As I entered the factory floor my senses prickled with the bouquet of sweets being cooked, cut, rolled, and wrapped all around me. The master candy maker to my right was boiling special ingredients in a 10 gallon copper cauldron over flames that reach up to 500 degrees fahrenheit. The apprentices to my left stretched and kneaded each 50lb slab of cherry, sea salt caramel, beach plum or any one of the more than thirty five flavors onto stainless steel cooling tables ready to receive the sticky-sweet, hand-formed treat. Straight ahead, gleaming and hulking machines of unmatched strength pulled and formed the salt water taffy bands into the poppable-unwrappable treat that we all know and love.
It is quite a sight to see and if you have a chance to stop by the Ptown store, you may catch a glimpse as we pull and wrap on the sales floor! In the meantime, we have been busily posting videos and photographs on our Facebook and Instagram pages - Like and follow us to stay up-to-date on happenings in the stores and factory!