Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jelly #AtoZChallenge #Blogboost

How many of us come to Florida to see jelly and citrus candy being made?

Not too many of us, I bet, but that was one of the surprises we had in visiting Bok Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida.  At the gift shop, we saw these orange jelly like candies.  I said to myself "that would be a perfect gift" and I bought one.  It tasted so good we ended up going to the factory.

Davidson of Dundee still makes jelly, marmalade and candies the old fashioned way, as they have done since 1967 - in copper kettles.  No corn syrup.  Stirred with wooden paddles.  Recipes dating from the turn of the century - the 20th century, that is.

We were not able to take the factory tour but there were so many samples that we left floating on a citrus sugar cloud.  Honey bell oranges were for sale but we knew we'd be returning home on the Auto Train, and our car would be traveling in an unheated car.  We couldn't risk it.

It turns out that Davidson used to thrive on its location on the road to Florida's first theme park, Cypress Gardens (now closed, but the gardens part has been preserved as part of Legoland).  We saw Cypress Gardens back in the "day" (a post for another time).

And then there was the orange wine we bought at the Bok Tower gift shop, but that's a post for another day.

Day 11 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost

"J" day on #AtoZChallenge.


  1. Legoland in Florida? I didn't know that. Will have to check it out.

  2. As a child, I loved the smell of jelly in the making. Raspberry and grape.


  3. The old-fashioned way... since 1967!!! Gotta love it.

  4. Oh, they look divine! Husby is always on the lookout for all natural flavoured and sweetened candies. I wonder if you can order online.
    Heehee! When I read your paragraph accompanying for the picture, I thought it said 'candles'. Then you said they tasted good. I thought . . . Alana . . .?

  5. Who knew one would find a jelly factory in Florida. Wonderful that they are still made the old fashion way. Not too much of that these days...and in copper kettles, too.

  6. That sounds delicious (and like a fun way to spend some time), you really stumbled onto a great experience.


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