Monday, December 12, 2011

Kid in a Candy Store

Fact: I have a total sweet tooth and love candy in pretty much any shape or form. And I can guarantee you - if there is chocolate on the premises, I will sniff it out and eat it. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to see that our Denver city tour offered a visit to a famous candy factory. Free samples? Yes, please.

Founded by Carl Hammond, Hammond’s Candies has been a fixture in the Mile High City since 1920. Today, Hammond’s Candies produces a multitude of sweet confections including candy canes, ribbon candy, chocolate piggy backs and their famous Mitchell Sweets - marshmallows dipped in caramel, which I can confirm are as delicious as they sound.

Our tour started with a free sample of their hard ‘art’ candy (word to the wise: unless you want a blue mouth, do NOT choose the blueberry candy) followed by a short film about the factory. Then the real fun began…we were able to see candy being made! I’ve seen countless factory tours on some of my favorite Food Network shows, and never did I think I’d be visiting one myself. Candy-making truly is an art form and you walk away with a better appreciation of how it is made when visiting a factory like Hammond’s. While we were on the grounds, we watched candy canes being cut, ribbon candy running through the crimper machine, and chocolate turtles being boxed up.

On the way out of the factory, we were given a free sample of oops! candy before being turned loose into the candy store. I have to admit, it was pretty overwhelming! The selection of flavors all sounded so tasty and the displays were so colorful that I couldn’t help but take a ton of pictures. When all was said and done, we walked out with some hard candy, ribbon candy for my mom (since we have a very random inside joke about it) some Mitchell Sweets and a sampling of all different kinds of chocolates. If you haven’t yet picked up Christmas candy canes, I HIGHLY suggest checking out Hammond’s.  You will not regret it!

Hammond's Candy is located at 5735 N Washington Street in Denver, CO. Factory tours are free and run every half hour, Monday-Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am - 3:00pm.

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