Hammond’s Candies Since 1920 in Denver
If you are ever in the Denver area, and want a taste of history, make sure to stop at the Hammond’s Candies established in 1920. This family/friend owned business has been featured in many magazines and advertisements. Top ordering clients consist of Whole Foods, Dean & Deluca, Cracker Barrel, Nordstrom’s, and many more. Lollipops, candy canes and ribbon candy, oh my!
The interesting plot to this story of a well-established candy store is that the owner, Carl Hammond, came home from his first day at high school and told his mother that he did not need any more education and was done with school. This in turn, created a reaction from his mother, stating he must find a job if he was not going to finish his education. And work he did find! He became an apprentice for a candy shop and eventually Hammond opened his own candy store. From then on, it has been a crazy ride for the business but they have prospered where other candy businesses have failed.
Hammond’s has also been so successful to grace media including but not limited to Martha Stewart Living and Every Day with Rachel Ray. They are also shipped to other countries around the world. To just name a few: Canada, England, Spain, Italy, Dubai, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Israel among many others.
One thing that I thought was very cool was that they sell “Oops Candy”. This candy is pieces that are broken or don’t turn out right. Instead of wasting, they are putting that still use-able but not as pretty candy up for sale at a discounted price. Hey, it still tastes the same!
They offer factory tours as well as other events including birthday parties. For the factory tours, it is important to know that they do not need reservations for smaller groups pf fewer than ten. If you have ten or more, there is a phone number you can call to make reservations. The tours are stroller and wheelchair friendly. These tours can accommodate up to 50 people at once.
Monday through Friday tours are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays they are closed. There are many reviews also on the same link for the phone number above if you want to read about people’s experiences during their tours.
The location for Hammond’s Candies is 5735 N. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216. The store is closed for the following holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Photo Source: Flickr.com via Amy the Nurse June 16, 2011
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