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♪ I Want Candy ♪

Unopened jar of peppermint sticks, produced by Peerless Confection Company, ca. 1930. Object ID: 2001.325.001; Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center Collection

This jar of candy is from the 1930s and was produced and packaged by the Peerless Confectionary Company, manufacturer of hard candy from 1924 to 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. This jar was sold at Ott’s Candy, located at 418 Main Street.

William F. Ott opened his candy store in 1907 and worked alongside his wife, Etha, to run a successful business. Ice cream and candy was made in the back of the store, although, based on the jar above, the store also sold items made elsewhere. The store had real marble on the counters and the edges of the mirrors according to Margaret Dabney Walker, a former store employee. Candy cases lined the walls and the sweet scent of candy pervaded the store.  

Follow this link for more information on Ott’s Candy Store, in a previous blog.

While you may not be able to buy any candy at Ott’s, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate National Hard Candy Day with a piece of your favorite sugary treat!    

The information presented in this article is compiled using research conducted by the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center.

One thought on “♪ I Want Candy ♪

  1. When I was a little girl about 6,7,or maybe even 8yrs old, My mom and a really close friend of hers took us five kids to the Royal Gorge, and I can still remember like it was yesterday. And so anyways I just thought it was the most exciting place in the world because it was something I had never seen, and besides that we all an Awesome time! I will always remember it because till this day I had never seen anything like it again.
    Thank You
    Your friend

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