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Sugar Smith Greg Cohen and the staff from Lofty Pursuits make traditional Christmas candy using century’s old techniques and equipment at their shop in Tallahassee, Florida. Watch and see how Greg and the staff make some of most popular styles of holiday hard candies: Candy canes, Sugar plum drops and more.
You can see more of them making candy at: / loftypursuits
at the Public Displays of Confection website www.pd.net
and on their weekly podcast called “Lofty Pursuits”.
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22 Ara 2021




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@sniperlemming Yıl önce
you seriously couldn't have picked a better person to interview for this story. Greg is amazing and so incredibly knowledgeable.
@isitoveryet9525 Yıl önce
& his passion is obvious. This man loves what he does!
@shmeeb7883 Yıl önce
I watched him for sooooo long and I’m so happy to see that he got an interview!!!
The young man helping is going to be a real master by starting so young!
@ptronic Yıl önce
candy philosopher
That guy's curly mop of hair dangling over the candy looks really GROSS. I wouldn't buy candy there.
@JordanBeagle Yıl önce
13:10 "People seem to forget the history isn't that far away and the future isn't either and were just here in the middle being a caretaker for what's around us." Love this
Came for candy, stayed for the deep insights on life
@tumblingartist Yıl önce
Ikr! It’s a lovely quote
@thathobbitlife Yıl önce
That's a great quote
@alannoeli74 Yıl önce
You just have to repeat his sentiment
@SyenPie 11 aylar önce
I literally had goosebumps hearing his ending remarks. What a profound delightful man, I could listen to him talk for hours.
@jonsnowver4183 Yıl önce
"People seem to forget that history isn't that far away, and the future isn't either. And we're just sort of here in the middle, being a caretaker for what's around us. Ideas, people, friendships, loves. And if we can remember that, everything's as sweet as candy." What a surprisingly nice quote.
@SemenTheSailor Yıl önce
It doesn’t matter what they do, it could be the most boring job in the world, if you listen to someone who genuinely loves what they do talk about their job, it will always be fascinating. The passion, love and energy just makes it seem like they have the best job in the world.
@KITT.007 11 aylar önce
It’s very interesting to see how candy is actually made, it’s genuinely satisfying to see the process. The fact that glucose and sucrose can make something so delicious, yet beautiful.
@lolaartemis 10 aylar önce
You forgot deadly. So delicious, so beautiful, yet so deadly.
@@lolaartemis Pseudoscience
@neonatom8646 8 aylar önce
@@lolaartemis Sugar burns might not be deadly but they definitely hurt!
@DrNoBrazil 8 aylar önce
Yeah, we haven't seen those 240 times already...
@bitronicc1887 4 aylar önce
Honestly this shoot went so well that I'm surprised that these guys weren't offered a show making new types of candy and showcasing the history of the various tools each episode. I bet History channel would pick that up.
@sterkriger2572 Aylar önce
They have a TRvid channel that they show all of that. Lofty Pursuits
@guocindy4411 22 gün önce
Thanks guys
At this point, I don't know if he is a scientist or candy maker. He really loves what he does, and I like it !
@tracy4290 Yıl önce
The cool thing is: He's both!
@CJxLuvly Yıl önce
A bit of both!!
@meppy9945 Yıl önce
There is a thing called a food scientist lol
@codespace1337 Yıl önce
He's a scientist, a candy maker, and an historian.
@ashokiimc Yıl önce
@@c-r0w you don't know what Non Newtonian fluid is right?
@fallingdrop2346 Yıl önce
I love how this guy doesn't make the video like a textbook, but instead makes it entertaining while also throwing in stuff that you, (If your like me) would like to look up, and learn about.
@FriedChairs 9 aylar önce
Wonderful video. I’ve watched many of Lofty’s video because Greg is such a great storyteller and I think he has the mind of a scientist so I appreciate that. Glad you made this video with him.
@ronnyanddonny Yıl önce
Amazing to see a business owner so truly passionate about his product. A candy historian and professional, all in one. No doubt this man is doing what he loves and it’s no wonder he’s been so successful.
@robertgoss4842 Yıl önce
This video was a pure pleasure to watch, one of the most satisfying I've seen, bar none. The sense of pride and wonder shown by the candymakers was a particular joy to me. Thanks a million!
@violet2048 17 gün önce
Beautifully done, so much fun to listen to, Greg and his enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you.
@commonsense31 Yıl önce
It’s rare that you have a older generation and a younger generation. Showing so much passion for their craft! Really amazing
@Haldir111 Yıl önce
There's a whole channel all about this exact topic. Check out Hercules Candy :D You got Mom and Pops showing the new generation how to make all sorts of treats and run a business. It's my go to chill channel. lol
@commonsense31 Yıl önce
@@Haldir111 will do 👍
Well there are other situations where you have those two, and its Hard Candy.
@ryeslexie Yıl önce
sports does the same thing
@aderpyaxolotl Yıl önce
12:36 "We do this on our canvil, our candy anvil, because we're sugar smiths!" THE JOY THAT SINGLE SENTENCE BROUGHT ME IN GENERAL THIS MAN IS SO WHOLESOME.
@Jah-Moon 4 aylar önce
As I am listening to the story and science behind the candy making and tools used, I hear a lot of love and respect put into the making of the candy... Thats Awesome ❤️
It's amazing to me that people out there create sweet treats for us to enjoy. They must really love making people happy.
@JanetLeeLY Yıl önce
This is the first time I heard a detailed description of what is done during each step of the candy making process. Your candy canes have beautiful stripes…very unusual. The last candy looks like the Aquafresh toothpaste.
@DylanGarcia1619 10 aylar önce
I thought that looked familiar!
@ktreolo 11 aylar önce
I REALLY liked how you gave us a good look at the present shape both holding one piece right at the camera and then having the camera at just the right angle while you were cutting three pieces at a time. So many videos of candy making I watch the whole thing and then never get a good look at the finished project. You guys are amazing! Thanks for sharing.
@Real28 Yıl önce
Been a fan of Lofty Pursuits for a while now. This guy knows his candy. He's even been able to reverse engineer candy that's been out of production for years.
@Will-jk6nw Yıl önce
That's cool, what has he reverse engineered?
@eviljbrian Yıl önce
@@Will-jk6nw The most recent thing was altoid sours
@Will-jk6nw Yıl önce
@@eviljbrian sounds awesome.
@GP-yc2it Yıl önce
They have a channel on TRvid.
Why did he name it that? It doesn't sound like a candy store to me, it sound like a urban real estate firm or something.
@hallenhendricks Yıl önce
I love watching anyone make anything they are passionate about and well skilled at. I love seeing them at peace and filled with joy as they make something creative with their own hands. It's awesome.
@gwemula 8 aylar önce
The Candymaker narrating the entire thing was such a treat! What a legend!
@leanbeef8169 Aylar önce
i rate the video a 10-10 because i like the way they explained the process of how hard candy is made hard candy isnt as easy as you think it takes alot of time and effort to make hard candy hard candy is made with 100% sugar by weight, with a tiny amount of other ingredients for color and water i would definitely eat hard candy👍🏼
@Wolfie66 Yıl önce
This looks like a difficult yet very fun job! Hats off!
@OutgrownThings Yıl önce
All I want in my life is to find a career where I am as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as this guy is about candy production.
@Atomkaerna Yıl önce
I love what he said about seeing himself, not as an owner of the equipment, but instead a caretaker of it. It just sounds so genuine and humble, like he really just cares about the craftsmanship of it all instead of primarily focusing on getting praise or money for what he does. These kinds of people are really the ones who keep things running.
@PhantomPh1re Yıl önce
in terms of this equipment it's really an apt description. old stuff like this was built to be used forever, so as long as you watch after it and care for it you can use it forever. in that way hes not only preserving the equipment but also preserving the historical use of it.
@felixjessup2790 Yıl önce
Honestly, if the world of business were filled with people like this then the world would be 100 times better
@LeCharles07 Yıl önce
Greg is truly an inspiring individual; he has a real passion for the history and it really shows. Everyone could be a little more like Greg and it wouldn't be a bad thing.
@lxs077 Yıl önce
the scissor story was awesome, like his grandfather is working with him in spirit, even though he never met him.
How beautiful words ! Not a owner but instead a caretaker.. remember once you run your own business your not the boss your customers or patience are your boss your guide as they tell you how they want something done you then created something unique thrilling how amazing. 📣try new things create your mind find it 🎭
@AJayAnswersYou Yıl önce
I just love seeing the long piece of soft (to be hard) candy, and how they form it, and make it into certain shapes, just like making a wine glass. Absolutely fascinating!
@ChikoWhat 10 aylar önce
Not only is Greg so knowledgeable and simple with his language, how he works alongside his team shows a lot of trust with two-way communication.
@BallsofArt Yıl önce
I love this man being interviewed, you can tell he loves wat he does and hes so humble about it at the same time! He does not at any point try and make himself come across as better than anyone else, the kind of person id love to meet.!!
that was absolutely incredible, much respect to him, such a sweet guy and he's so passionate about what he do
@miriamcarmona8223 Aylar önce
I am amazed that someone actually is making candy the old fashion way. It must taste so delicious. Kudos to you guys for making that wonderful looking candy!!
This video makes me want to go to their store and buy all of their candy. The process is gentle and natural, and the owner is so wholesome. I know it taste amazing
@nathanwahl9224 Yıl önce
It is pretty good.
@lordfrostdraken Yıl önce
The owner could be the mascot of all that is good and pure. They are so wholesome
@hmalik5232 Yıl önce
It seems like sugary junk, it‘a not appealing to me
@Guy_manson Yıl önce
@@hmalik5232 I mean it’s literally sugar candy, I’m not sure what else you’d expect
@WraithLK Yıl önce
@@hmalik5232 it’s literally a candy store lmao
This really makes me appreciate candy even more. What an art form! 🍡🍬🍭🍡🍬 It's 3:30 a.m. and I want some candy!
@ryankuehl7466 11 aylar önce
My special needs class was fascinated watching this! High quality narration telling this story! Thank you!
@JackSalzman 10 aylar önce
Cool, mine too!
@ItsAloof 4 aylar önce
I love these guys. I watched them all the time, and I ordered some candy. It was amazing
@MrMrruark Yıl önce
This guy has a TRvid channel called lofty pursuits I've been watching it for years I'm not even a big candy nut but listen to him describing the history behind everything is fascinating.
@sillau9 7 aylar önce
Wow, I really loved how elaborate in how he explains their process and such, he is amazing..very awesome & interesting video, they were great👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🫶🏻
@SageMerric Yıl önce
9:59 The coolest thing about this is the way the boss talks to his staff. He actually respects them as fellow professionals and works alongside them. The best bosses are the ones who don't feel like bosses, you love to see it.
@jaydens5348 Yıl önce
The best boss isn't a boss, they are leaders in the workplace
@ilearncode7365 Yıl önce
I think the coolest thing is that they make candy by hand. I think that is a bigger selling point than the way he treats employees.
@miguelg4556 Yıl önce
Yeah at some point he seemed to defer to his employee - you do love to see it
@karanfield4229 Yıl önce
Yip. Never had one of those personally.
@deukonhy Yıl önce
@@miguelg4556 Hi Miguel, what does 'to defer to his employee' mean? I googled it but i still don't quite get it. :)
@SpiceScholar Yıl önce
I don't eat candy but this was pure art and joy! What a wonderful craftsman and kind soul. So sweet =)
@sentience146 11 aylar önce
Can we just appreciate how strong that curly haired guy is. He doesn't look it but he can flip over an entire pot of molten sugar without even scolding himself. Very very impressive
@The_Moth1 6 aylar önce
@deansky-lucas7880 10 aylar önce
That was a brilliant video and presentation. Thank you for explaining this process so clearly. such an inspiration.
@CatchThesePaws Yıl önce
I used to watch lofty pursuits endlessly, it’s good to see they’re still going great!
I want this lovely man to narrate MANY more videos... he is obviously very proud of his craft... very knowledgeable. what an incredible gem this video is :) very well done!
@akittycat2537 Yıl önce
Really cool to see Greg get features like this. Been a huge fan of his channel for years.
I saw the thumbnail and was gonna be shocked if it wasn't Greg talking about this topic.
@itsgeegra Yıl önce
He's got such a wonderful manner don't he? Just such a sweetheart
Yeah I'm so glad that they picked him
@ewhitmo1 Yıl önce
Me too!!
Same! excited to see him finally get recognition.
@lilsatanex Yıl önce
This is Amazing! I have So much respect for these creative people. Made my life sweeter. Literally!!
@mccnbinnie9840 Yıl önce
This man so passionate about his job and making candy makes everything about candy making so fascinating
@dazombisgama3849 4 aylar önce
Im not going to lie, that man looks like he was born jolly Edit: This has been by far one of the most wholesome videos. "We call this the cand-vil because we are sugar smiths" never in my 22 years of life have i heard such a sentence that warmed my heart like that
I love the way he talks about his craft! So passionate and heartwarming
@operative2136 Yıl önce
Man, after watching this I have a whole new layer of respect for candy makers. I always had a certain amount of respect for the science of the process, but now I have a greater appreciation for the art aspect of the process.
i loved his assistant he clearly loves his job, the lil "mmm smells like pink" was honestly the best part about this.
@haramea Yıl önce
@GoddexxJae Yıl önce
He's so cute, someone drop his Instagram plz
@traviscock9043 Yıl önce
He said it literally as soon as i read this lmao
@cytorb3090 Yıl önce
"hot pot!"
@em-agan Yıl önce
Yes!!! Love this channel! Greg is so knowledgeable and passionate. Seems like such a kind guy
@flutterbree Yıl önce
I love watching Lofty Pursuits shorts, they've had a channel for awhile. They exude such a refreshing energy, so I always feel a little better than before I watched!
You can absolutely tell this is a man who is proud of his craft, and thats absolutely respectable.
@Bunkysmom65 Yıl önce
Loved this! It's cool to see what goes into something we enjoy so much but never think about. One thing bothered me about it though --- they really need hairnets.
@Blackout987 Yıl önce
my first thought as well
@hackman88 Yıl önce
full body smocks would be even better
@halfrek Yıl önce
Lofty Pursuits makes tasty candy and I absolutely loved seeing this craft! You guys are awesome.
@TheKelpsinator Yıl önce
This guy was really amazing. Please bring him back for more, Wired! He's got such a great knack for explaining and teaching, and I love how smart, informed and passionate he is about his craft. I would love to watch more videos with him talking about anything related to candy! Also, those image candies blew my mind!
@MrPortal Yıl önce
The Lofty Pursuits TRvid channel has lots of candy making videos, all narrated by Greg!
@ellibaker8547 Yıl önce
www.TRvid.com/LoftyPursuits - I recommend his other videos!
Some people are really into sweet. When you like something it shows when you talk about it.
@ReySilverskin 2 aylar önce
I like that the candymaker trusts his apprentice, and asks him for advice and lets him handle a lot of the important jobs. He doesn't have a huge ego, but you can still tell he's the one in charge in the end.
I love his channel! He has such a passion for candy making and it's history!
@serrad1729 Yıl önce
I love how this man is so passionate about his job. You can clearly see that he loves what he does
@echospaw899 Yıl önce
Loved this! 🍭🍬 I kind of want to make some homemade candy, myself.
@iboisdope 10 aylar önce
Greg just feels like that one grandpa that had hundreds of story's about his past and I love it.
@Schnozinski Yıl önce
I've eaten a ton of their candy, which is very expensive (but worth every penny). It's amazing. The way it releases the flavor, and the flavors themselves, are second to none. Even strange flavors you wouldn't think you'd like, are often delicious.
@AoiLucine Yıl önce
Ive tried the dill pickle and mushroom flavors; they were really good!
@John-dd8kh Yıl önce
Any good recommendations?
@b1zzler Yıl önce
you can definitely see why it's expensive in this video 🤯
@NoThankUBeQuiet Yıl önce
I don't even LIKE hard candy usually and their stuff is incredible
@NoThankUBeQuiet Yıl önce
@@John-dd8kh Lime Sour is always a great one if you like lime. I love their champagne when they do it. Root beer is also good. Honestly I've even had their assortment of Thanksgiving flavors and even the STUFFING flavor wasn't bad.
@JordanBeagle Yıl önce
Never thought I'd find a video about making candy so interesting! Cool how it's science and an art!
@leggomyeggo5100 Yıl önce
I really love listening to people that LOVE what they do, they will always make everything interesting.
@trblessed1020 Yıl önce
Seeing him make this candy makes me feel like each individual piece is a treasure
@curtisxii4954 Yıl önce
He totally love what he does and it comes across in the vid. Love the passion! loved watching
@thesailjunkie Aylar önce
What a wonderful video! Hard candy has always been my favorite.
@Dabednego Yıl önce
I got to meet Greg at his store a few years ago. He was making pomegranate image candy that day, and he used some of the candy “dough” to make a rose blossom lollipop for my sister-in-law, who he could tell was having a bad day.
@avivaliok8103 Yıl önce
Aww, that’s so sweet! (Sorry not sorry)
@JebFromWarmDays Yıl önce
That's some magical main character stuff right there
@Skyrim_Shuffle Yıl önce
That's unfortunate that your SIL was having a bad day at a candy making store. Glad Greg was able to make things a little... Sweeter!
@cadamdo1982 Yıl önce
That really doesn't surprise me. He seems like a lovely man.
@MrPhean Aylar önce
Candy makers commentary is A+. Thank you so much for this.
An artist, a scientist, and a candy maker
@mantidream8179 Yıl önce
I checked out their business' website, and it's clear that they made comparitively mundane candies in this video. They have beautiful candies with intersting designs and internal structure available, and descriptions for how they made each one
@autumn7ful Yıl önce
I really enjoyed the fact that you explained step-by-step what was going on and you know with the temperatures and everything and the hand movements I really enjoyed it thank you so much for sharing
One thing to say, I'm Speechless!! This is exactly what we call "you know what your doing" ! The colour...Love it💜💜
@Anarkey53 Yıl önce
I could watch this guy talk all day about anything! He is so knowledgeable and passionate and explains everything just right. He makes me want to be a sugar smith!!
@karlc4277 Yıl önce
He has a yt channel called lofty pursuits
@fynkozari9271 Yıl önce
I was like, how do u know so much?
Lofty Pursuits has a podcast!
@olivia-sv3wq Yıl önce
he was so good at explaining everything
@Catseye189 Yıl önce
I love the repurposed tools you are giving continued use. Looks delicious!
This was awesome! This art for was fascinating to me. I want to see more. Oh, and I want some of those Sugarplum candies.
@abramswee 7 aylar önce
he is just amazing, and far more articulate than most professors that I met at the Uni. fabulous
@Les-g Yıl önce
So cool. Loved the times where you just heard the sounds of the candy being made. Maybe an ASMR candy making video?
@shaolinv8122 4 gün önce
i ADORE lofty pursuits im so happy Greg was chosen for an interview this is phenomenal
@anxietymarin Yıl önce
He has his own TRvid channel, and I watch it all the time. When I went down to Florida, I met him in his shop. He gave me a free t-shirt when I talked about the channel. Truly an amazing guy.
@Twinblade34 Yıl önce
What is the name of the channel?
@anxietymarin Yıl önce
@@Twinblade34 lofty pursuits
When I met him at the shop I mentioned the channel but instead of gifting me clothing he wrote me into his will so now whenever he passes away I am set to inherit all of his assets including the candy shop
@randompenny1391 Yıl önce
@@zacharywhite4448 wh
@vph7 Yıl önce
@@zacharywhite4448 When I met him at the shop I mentioned the channel and he gave me his kidney
They make it look so easy and enjoyable. Bravo.
@laskatz3626 Aylar önce
Wowza! Loved this candy making video. I’d love to be there in person to smell the warm candy.
@ericlanda3727 8 aylar önce
Wow that was awesome. My respect for these masters of candy shot through the roof. Granted I always wondered how candy was made like jolly ranchers. Yes I searched it. So this is astounding to see and I don’t even like these candies. 😂
@juliedunne2726 Yıl önce
They are wonderful ambassadors for their craft
@lumpyfishgravy 9 gün önce
I live in a UK seaside town and we used to have a candy shop in our old high street. The shop specialized in what is called "rock" in the UK and had a large window so the public could watch. We saw them extrude and fold and roll and cut, and what they made in front of our eyes was available for sale. A true tradition! They've gone now - replaced by some Etsy-like place like the rest of the street.
This guy made this so interesting, with how passionate he sounded, that he makes me feel like maybe I could become a candy maker. He should have his own TRvid channel, I'd love to watch how different candies are made and watch whenever a new design is made or new candy[UPDATE] Aaahh!! Turns out they do have a YT channel!!!! Im so subscribing right now!
@jackcrackerman Yıl önce
I was just going to say, he's been on YT for years, but it seems you found the channel on your own. :)
@hue261 Yıl önce
@@jackcrackerman can you tell me the name of their channel? Edit: hehe I found it in the description 😅
@scootersfrog Yıl önce
@@hue261 Lofty Pursuits!
@ExInceNDiA Yıl önce
I agree, this was super interesting and his passion for it certainly came through.
So, I see the title, and wonder if someone is muscling in on GReg's channel. Nope! If you want the complete experience, view while eating some Lofty Pursuits candy. Thanks GReg! steve
@marahmorris1991 Yıl önce
It’s so magical to me how the candy canes look metalic
@micaslopez123 Yıl önce
I love the idea of using an old fryer to filter the sugar dust out of the hard candy. How could I forget that it's basically a giant sieve xD
It's sort of cool how this is a very technical and well thought out process, yet it still requires manual skill and labor
@sebastianek23 Yıl önce
one of the best "how to..." I ever watched....seamless and his enthusiasm is child like pure...amazing!
@suzannetrofanenko4498 10 aylar önce
It's cool that they use old machines to make candy 😊
@reyc2630 Yıl önce
The way he talks about his passion is so comforting and heart-warming. And I love the design and craftsmanship on his image candies. Amazing!
I want a candy counter on how many times he says CANDY
This was fascinating. I hadn't intended to watch this but got "pulled" right in. Thank you for sharing this.
@What_Makes_You_Happy 8 aylar önce
This is so wholesome it hurts... Really though, thank you for sharing this. I wish I could try some. If I'm ever in the neighborhood, I definitely will.
Absolutely Fascinating! My favorite is the Drop candy. Thanks for the Show.
@lukate4725 Yıl önce
This is about the 5th time I've watched this, and I still find it interesting every time.
@polybiusou 11 aylar önce
visiting this store and trying this candy is definitely going on my bucket list!
@jackattack4254 Yıl önce
I'm glad that lofty pursuits got the attention they deserve.
@smellypatel5272 Yıl önce
They charge way too much for their candy
@TCG9777 Yıl önce
You think so? I think it's fine
@smellypatel5272 Yıl önce
@@TCG9777 they charge like $15 for a small tin of hard candy. They're grossly overpriced
@@smellypatel5272 It takes a lot of effort to make these things, but still that's pretty overpriced.
@Aggie_Baggins Yıl önce
@@katexlinreadtheabouttab2798 I just went to their website to see what they had. Almost everything on their website is $5.99. The only thing that’s pricey are their sour candies, which are $12.99. With shipping included my order was like ten bucks. I’m not sure what that other person is talking about.
I used to live in Tallahassee while I was attending school there. I visited Lofty Pursuits whenever I was riding around town on my motorcycle and it was just a spectacle to see the candy being made in person. Greg also showed me his video he just finished editing before it was uploaded to TRvid. If you ever are in Tallahassee, Florida, please visit this gem of a place.
@Swnsasy Yıl önce
I have always loved watching candy be made.. It's soothing to me..
@lotusb93 Yıl önce
We need a love button here! I find candy-making so entertaining & this puts it all in perspective. Thanks!
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