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How many sides?

Taken from 101 Things to Do in Shipshewana   by Melissa Troyer

If you ask locals the shape of the “Prough Barn,”, they’ll either reply that it is octagonal, or they will answer “round.”  Historical records, however, state that it was built by Menno S. Yoder in 1908 as a model for a design of a 12-sided concrete barn that he wanted to sell to farmers. Though Yoder’s barn-making plans didn’t take off, the barn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only polygonal barn in Indiana that is constructed of a material other than wood. 210 round and polygonal barns were built in Indiana from 1874-1936, perhaps more than any other state.   While not open to the public, the barn is interesting to drive by and see; just go one mile west of the Blue Gate Restaurant on Middlebury-Shipshe Road.  Choose for yourself whether you’d call it octagonal or dodecangonal. “Round” might be the easiest answer.

Living My Dream in Amish Country

By Marcia Eichhorn

I grew up on a farm in Iowa, where my father farmed with horses.  I remember us going to Hazleton, Iowa (an Amish settlement).  We would go to get a harness fixed or to look for a horse to buy.  It was amazing to see the people with different clothing, blue curtains in every window in virtually every home, and seeing the number of children in large families.

After college I moved from Iowa to take a teaching job in Elgin, Illinois where I taught 4th & 5th grade over 30 years.  For vacation I would sometimes come to Shipshewana, Indiana.  In time I befriended ladies who operated some of the first B&B’s in the area. To make a long story short, in 2004 I bought 3 acres nestled among Amish Farms. It was a challenge designing and building Bright Morning Star Bed and Breakfast, but I enjoyed it immensely Living near the Amish people I fondly remembered from childhood, sharing my gift of hospitality, and welcoming people to my home has been a dream come true.

Guests have asked for many of my breakfast and snack recipes.   My mother, sister, and friends have passed on many of their recipes to me and I seem to have inherited my mother’s love for writing down recipes.   My sister taught home economics and has provided me with many of her favorites.  I will try to share some of my recipes over the next several blogs.   In addition many of my guests ask me many questions about the Amish. I thought it would be enlightening to share with you some of those answers and give a glimpse into the Amish culture in this area of Indiana, along with some personal introductions and recipes of my Amish neighbors and friends.   In the blogs to come, I will share from my experience a close look at Amish schools, Amish church, childbirth, community support and funerals, Amish weddings, and ice cream suppers.  “Happy Learning and Bon Appetite’”

Marcia Eichhorn is the owner of Bright Morning Bed and Breakfast which is nestled in Northern Indiana Amish country among beautiful Amish farms.  Her guests often ask questions about the Amish & Amish recipes and she is happy to share what she has learned throughout the years from her Amish friends and neighbors.

You have to try an Old Amish Recipe at this Shipshewana Candy Store!

Stories// written by Lora Gates

This post originally appeared on www.shipshewanatradingplace.com

I love visiting the one-of-a-kind shops all over Shipshewana, and this Shipshewana Candy shop has just made the list for me as another secret stop that I will begin frequenting for their delicious homemade brittle brackle.

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Located on the second floor of Yoder’s Red Barn Shoppes, Victorian Candy Company has a recipe that makes my mouth water just thinking about the soft brittle that is filled with surprises like peanuts, cashews, pretzels and pecans. I recently got a behind-the-scenes tour of how this delicious old Amish recipe is made right here in my hometown. (If you happen to wander in at just the right time, you can even watch them make some of these sweet treats through the many viewing windows they have in their candy kitchen.)

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The brittle starts with simple ingredients but through the handiwork and craft of the candy maker, turns into a sweet irresistible treat. One of the most important ingredients, sugar, is poured into a large mixing bowl that begins to heat and turns into the confectionary creation and during the peak of season, they make a batch a day, adding up to 36 lbs. of sugar alone each week. Once the secret combination of ingredients hit the perfect temp, the bubbly mixture is poured onto a large moving belt.

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Next, this ribbon of brittle runs through a cutting device shaped like a hexagon, and leaves a perfect layer of goodness ready to cool and package. (The cutting shape reminds me of a honeycomb and the final product is just as sweet). The complete shapes are packaged in 1/2 lb. bags and sealed for sale on their store shelves – talk about fresh product! And, see those incomplete shapes at the bottom? That’s where the samples come from… oh yeah there are plenty of samples! And I tried them all and have to say I have a hard time choosing a favorite, but the pecan reminds me of my favorite pie so I’ll stick with that one if I must narrow it down.

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They have a huge variety of other delicious chocolate covered delectables like pretzels, twinkies, oreos, marshmallows, mini muffins, rice krispies, and more. They even make a chocolate dipped potato chip for those who prefer a savory pairing.

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The most unique creation I just could not get past was the gummy worm, what??? Ok I just had to try one. I thought it would be awful (mainly because I really don’t like gummy worms at all) but I have to say… quite delicious. The tart fruitiness of the gummy worm combined with the smooth sweet chocolate reminded me of a chocolate covered strawberry! I even got one of the neighboring store owners at Lotions and Potions to try one and although she doesn’t look too excited to try it either, well let’s just say she was as equally surprised with how good it really was.

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They also sell all kinds of other unique candies, as well as, a few yummy sugar-free selections made by none other than my new neighbor, Naomi. Where else can you find local, delicious hand made treats that are as sweet and tasty as they are unique? Visit Victoria Candy Company on your next visit Amish country and see for yourself.

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