Ruth Hunt Candies Creates Timeless Treats in Mt. Sterling
Chocolate from Ruth Hunt Candies in Mt. Sterling, KY
Founded in the 1920s by a local confectioner, Ruth Hunt Candies has grown from a home businesses to a store with two locations and a national customer base.
“We've been making cream candy since the 20s and 30s, and there continues to be a demand and a market for it," Tobby Moore, manager of Ruth Hunt Candies.
Making old-fashioned treats since 1921, Ruth Hunt Candies is a sweet staple to many dessert-seekers throughout Kentucky.
Two locations – a factory outlet in Mt. Sterling and a shop in Lexington – both offer a variety of the candy maker's popular goodies, such as Cream Candy, Bourbon Balls and Blue Monday candy bars. For years, Ruth Hunt Candies has been known as the official candy maker of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.
“The core products really haven't changed since early on, and I think it's just a testament to the products themselves,” says Tobby Moore, manager of Ruth Hunt Candies. “We've been making cream candy since the 20s and 30s, and there continues to be a demand and a market for it.”
In addition to specialty items, Ruth Hunt Candies also provides an array of traditional treats that customers may not be able to find anywhere else. Another thing customers may have trouble finding elsewhere? Fresh candy made with fresh ingredients.
“I think what separates us is the fact that we've stayed true to what's been a success from the beginning, which is using the best ingredients and making the best candies,” Moore says. “We don't freeze anything, and we don't add waxes to the chocolate.”
While the business stays busy year round, its busiest time of year is the holidays.
“There are times we just have to work seven days a week,” Moore says. “It gets difficult, but it's worth the effort.”
With many customers coming back for seconds, thirds and fourths, Ruth Hunt Candies continues to thrive. Its main location off of Interstate 64 attracts passersby from around the country who stop by for a sweet treat on their way to the East Coast. In addition to in-store traffic, the company ships candy to Kentuckians who have moved to other states and is the exclusive manufacturer of Woodford Reserve Bourbon Chocolate products.
“We must be doing something right,” Moore says. “Otherwise, the folks wouldn't support us like they do.”
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