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Behind the Scenes at Historic See’s Candy Factory


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In the late 1920sRum nougat begins its journey in the See's factory, traveling the length of a football field to its final packaging destination.; Credit: Michele StuevenStretching the butter chew for bridge mix. In the late 1920sRum nougat begins its journey in the See's factory, traveling the length of a football field to its final packaging destination.; Credit: Michele StuevenStretching the butter chew for bridge mix. In the late 1920sRum nougat begins its journey in the See's factory, traveling the length of a football field to its final packaging destination.; Credit: Michele Stuevenbutter and caramel pieces. 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The See’s Candy factory in Baldwin Hills broke ground in 1949 and still uses some machines that were built in 1921, the year Charles See opened his first candy shop at 135 Western Ave. 

Located in the shadow of the Expo Line La Cienega station, See's has a long line of employees who have worked there for 40 years and longer.

Join L.A. Weekly for a behind-the-scenes look at how peanut brittle, bridge mix, Scotch kisses, butter chews, molasses chips and rum nougat are created, and read more about it here.

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