Creating Christmas traditions is a special way to make the holiday season even more meaningful. In Prescott, Arkansas, Farmers Bank & Trust Branch Manager Carrie Jones has an old-fashioned sweet tradition 10 years in the making – homemade cinnamon candy.

“I went to a church Christmas party and the music director’s wife made some, and it’s my husband’s favorite,” Jones said. “I love to bake so I knew I needed to perfect my own recipe.”

A Perfect Balance

There’s an exact science to making candy, and Carrie has perfected it to a T. Her cinnamon candy is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Family, friends, Bank employees, and customers alike request a bag, or two, or six, every year.

“It really has just been word of mouth in southwest Arkansas,” she said. “I love making it because you don’t get homemade candy very often. I enjoy seeing the smiles on people’s faces.”

Because her children are grown, Carrie said it gives her something to do to pass the time when she’s not at the Bank. She looks forward to making it during Christmas and even Valentine’s Day. This year, she made almost 90 bags just in one week.

At the Bank Window

“I am her candy peddler,” laughed Teller Lupe Petit. “So many people come to pick up her cinnamon candy at the Bank window. A lot of people even get it for gifts. It’s very addicting and great for the cold weather. I buy it every year for my husband and little boy.”

If you’re interested in trying to whip up your own batch of hard candy, Carrie’s recipe is under wraps, but HERE is one similar to get you started.

If you’d like to place an order to try it out for yourself, stop by the Farmers Bank & Trust branch located at 103 E 2nd St. South in Prescott, AR.

To find a branch near you, visit HERE.

For more Christmas fun happening at Farmers Bank & Trust, visit our blog post on events HERE.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Santa is coming to Farmers Bank & Trust! Mark your calendars to bring the family for a merry good time!

Texarkana, TX

23rd Annual Bramlett Beans & Cornbread Community Fundraiser
Thursday, December 2 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Texarkana Texas Convention Center – 2910 S. Cowhorn Creek Loop
All proceeds benefit the Christmas Basket program
Click HERE for more details

37th Annual Main Street Christmas Parade
Monday, December 6 | 7 p.m.
This year’s parade route has changed! Click HERE for the new route.

Pictures with Santa
2900 Saint Michael Dr.
Friday, December 10 | 3 – 5 p.m.

New Boston, TX

Farmers Bank Free Entry Night – The Grinch
Thursday, December 23 | 6 p.m.
New Boston Cinema
142 N. Elm St.
*Up to 150 people

Paris, TX

Pictures with Santa
1375 NE Loop 286
Wednesday, December 22 | 2 – 5 p.m.
*Special goodie bag given to first 30 kids!

Prosper, TX

Pictures with Santa
750 N. Preston Rd.
Friday, December 10 | 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Camden, AR

Pictures with Santa
116 Jefferson Dr. SW
Monday, December 20 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hope, AR

201 East Third St.
Chamber Coffee
Wednesday, December 8 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Pictures with Santa
Tuesday, December 14 | 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Community Christmas Parade
*Farmers Bank & Trust is the Parade Presenting Sponsor!
Monday, December 6 | 6 p.m.
For more details and parade entry form, click HERE

Prescott, AR

Nevada County Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 9 | Begins at 6 p.m.
215 East 2nd St. South
Click HERE for more details

Magnolia, AR

Magnolia’s Christmas Parade 
Thursday, December 2 | 5 p.m.
Parade Route: Jackson Street
Farmers Bank & Trust is sponsoring the $250 Christ in Christmas Award
Click HERE for more details

To find a branch near you, visit HERE.