Put the See’s in Seasonal Employment

Ever drive by the See's kitchen on La Cienega and dream of what's inside? We'll show you as we explore sweet jobs for seasonal workers.

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Miriam Tovar has worked at See's Candies for 39 years. She is at the top of the heap in the company's Bonbon room. She didn't make that one that's front and center, that was ours. She's a good teacher and generous enough to let us eat our mistakes.
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The Bonbon room is also where the Scotch Kisses are made.
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The marshmallows, which are also made on-site, are dunked into a cauldron of bubbling caramel.
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Then they're plopped down to dry until they're ready to be wrapped in waxed paper.
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It's super tempting, but generally frowned upon to lick the spoon here. Employees can eat all the candy they want in the break room.
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While they tell us chocolate is the largest ingredient in See's Candies, we have to think butter is a close second.
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Many of the recipes used here are just giant versions of Mary See's recipes. She was founder Charles See's mother.
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The Holiday season accounts for 50% of See's business.
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A regular staff of about 1,500 jumps to 8,000 people during the holidays.
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Hmm, this could be peanut brittle, although many of See's recipes start with bubbling butter and sugar like this.
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The peanut brittle is smushed by a machine while it's still pliable but then hand-cracked later.
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These are Mint Krispies, before they get their chocolate coats.
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See's uses 12 million pounds of chocolate a year, and it is delivered to this kitchen in shiny metal tanker trucks.
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They're making Bridge Mix, which has 7 different confections in it.
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This is one of them.
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The Almond Square gets exactly two almonds. These ladies see to that.
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Peanut Brittle goes up a conveyor belt to be sealed and boxed.
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(wonder if anyone would notice if I grabbed just a little piece??)
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The Molasses Chip is an all-time favorite, getting ready for a chocolate bath.
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It's all very organized as it heads to the enrober.
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The signature ripple on this one is made with a blast of air as it cools.
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These are Butterscotch Squares, in all their glory.
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They start to look a little more familiar after their first dose of chocolate, but they're missing something...
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They get their telltale ridges with a marker that's specific to them. You can see it in the center, a series of wires that makes it scream to the world, "pick me pick me! I'm your favorite one!"
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The I Love Lucy chocolate factory scene was actually filmed here, back in 1952. The space where it was shot is now the company's break room.
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They rarely introduce new candies, because that means an old favorite has to get bumped. As much as things have changed since See's opened in what was then Koreatown in 1921, the candy hasn't.
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