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Humbug Cutter

Display: Sweet Inventions
Culinary Technique: forming

Date: c. 1890

Manufacturer: Thomas Mills and Brother Company

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dimensions: 11.5" h x 12" w x 12.5" d

Watch collection donor Mel Mickevic demonstrate this object with
Dean Christopher Koetke, School of Culinary Arts, Kendall College,
and Victoria Matranga, exhibition curator.

Hot candy rope was fed into this machine, which cut uniform pieces of a twisted trapezoidal shape known to the trade as humbugs, peach blossoms, or American cuts. Note the two pairs of sharp vertical and horizontal wheels that intersect to form and cut the candy. This rare machine is among the few that remain in existence today.