Galena's Kandy Kitchen - Galena, Illinois
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N 42° 24.978 W 090° 25.704
15T E 711586 N 4699203
Quick Description: Galena's Kandy Kitchen is located in the historic Hempstead Building, a three-and-a-half-story brown brick Italianate building located at 100 North Main Street in Galena, Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2019 7:04:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM10KDP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
Galena's Kandy Kitchen was founded on a dream: a dream to continue an old family tradition of making small batches of fine hand-dipped chocolates in an age of mass production of machine-made chocolates. This dream was realized in 1974 by George Paxton. He left Chicago and the big business of computers to come to Galena, Illinois, and open his confectionary.

George's tutor was his father, William (Bill) Paxton who began his candy-making career shortly after the turn of the century — he invented the "Chuckles" candy in the mid '30s. He was an accomplished candy maker and became a consultant after he retired. Bill passed away in 1982 at the age of 98, but his old-fashioned candy formulas live on and are still being used in Galena today.

The Kandy Kitchen starts its candy making process by weighing the finest basic ingredients, including fresh cream and butter, in large copper kettles. The batch is cooked to a specified temperature and then hand processed to form individual pieces. Each piece is hand-dipped with a heavy coating of pure milk or semi-sweet chocolate.

We hope you enjoy our candy and want you to know that we are bound by the same caring tradition to continue the dream.

- Galena's Kandy Kitchen website

Current name: Galena Kandy Kitchen

Style: Two-part commercial block, Italianate. Chimneys

Architectural Description: This is a 3.5-story commercial building in the Italianate style built ca. 1860. The foundation is not visible. Exterior walls are brick; limestone. The building has a side-gable roof. Windows are original or historic wood 1/1 double- or single-hung; storefront; transoms; aluminum storms. Doors are original or historic wood; glass glazed; recessed entry with transom.

- Historic Architecture Survey Database

National Register Building Details
100 N. Main Street Hempstead Building C 1846 Two-Part Commercial Block/ltalianate

- National Register Application

Store Type: Bulk Candy

Specialty: hand dipped chocolates; bulk candy; taffy; fudge

Hours: Su-Th 10-5;F 10-6; Sa 10-9

Website: [Web Link]

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