1) The kitchens of Alaska Wild Berry Products: The four
kitchens are called the Jam and Jelly Kitchen, Hot Kitchen, Candy
Kitchen, and the Molding Room. You can watch all four kitchens in action
through the viewing windows in our store.
2) Molding: Chocolate candies are made in molds filled with
liquid chocolate that solidifies when it cools.
3) Cream centers: Bulk creams are made in the Hot Kitchen then
hand-rolled and shaped into round centers that will be enrobed in chocolate.
4) Enrobing: Enrobing is the term for coating candy centers
5) Hand decorating: All our candies are hand decorated with a
design that identifies each flavor.
6) Hand packaging and wrapping: The candies are individually
selected and placed into each box.
7) Making our delicate meltaways: The ingredients for the
meltaways are heated and stirred in the copper kettle. When the candy is ready, it's
poured onto the cooling table and cut by hand using a roller cutter.
8) Making candy popcorn: All the coatings are prepared and
poured onto freshly popped popcorn in the copper kettles and mixed. The warm popcorn is
poured onto special tables to cool and harden. Some flavors are also mixed with chocolate.
9) Jelly center chocolates: Wild berry juice is cooked with
other ingredients. The liquid 224°f candy is poured onto the cooling table, spread
to an even thickness, and cut into individual squares with the tool we call The Claw.
10) Fudge bits: After the candy has been cooked, other
ingredients such as nuts can be added. The candy is poured onto the cooling table and
slabs of fudge are run through a cutting machine that slices it into pieces.
11) Black Bear and Klondike Toffee: Liquid 312°f toffee is
poured onto a cooling table, spread into a metal frame, and cut into squares to be used
for either Black Bear Toffee Crunch or our chocolate-covered Klondike Toffee.
12) English Toffee: Liquid 312°f toffee is poured onto a
cooling table, spread without a frame, and cut into slabs that are coated with chocolate
and dusted with ground almonds. Then they're flipped over and coated on the other side.
13) Caramel Centers: The caramel is agitated and cooked in a
machine called a Fire Mixer then poured onto the cooling table to solidify and be cut
into individual squares.
14) Caramel Turtles: Caramel is made the same way as for the
caramel centers but this time it's poured into the Caramel Depositor. The depositor
drops dollops of caramel onto trays of nuts. When cool, these candies are removed from
the trays and enrobed in chocolate.
15) Cream Centers: Hot liquid sugar is mixed with fruit
purees. As the sugar cools with constant agitation, it crystallizes and changes color
and texture until it forms a cream. The bulk cream is hand rolled in the enrobing
kitchen before it is coated with chocolate.
16) Grinding fresh berries: We use locally harvested and
gathered lingonberries, salmonberries, mossberries, rose hips, blackberry, raspberries,
high bush cranberries, black and red currants, wild blueberries, organic rhubarb, and
17) Juicing fresh berries: Berries are heated to help release
all their natural juices before being strained and used for candy or jelly.
18) Sourdough Sauce: Ingredients are added to our signature
Sourdough Sauce that has been made by Alaska Wild Berry Products since 1946.
19) Filling the jars: Hot jams, jellies, and sauces are pumped
into the hopper then they are deposited automatically into jars.
20) Capping: The jars are capped automatically then flipped
over to heat seal the lid to the jars.
21) Ready for Market: We hope you have enjoyed our little walk
through the kitchens. Although we have only touched the surface, it should give you a
better understanding of what we do here. Thanks for joining us!