The taffy is wrapped on an old fashioned taffy wrapping machine built in 1940. These machines haven’t changed much from when they first came out at the turn of the century. The machine slices a piece of taffy, cuts a piece of wax-paper wrapper, wraps the candy, then twists the end closed. People sometimes stand and watch it for hours amazed at the way it works.
In 1973, Howard Reagan Sr. headed out to seek his fortune in the tourism industry. He put everything he had as collateral into his own candy making business. Smoky Mountain Candy Makers was born.
As time went by, he taught his three children the business, Howard Jr., Mary, and Heath Reagan. Howard Jr., and Heath now operate the store for their Father, keeping up the tradition of candy making.