IN 1921 RUTH THARPE HUNT BEGAN TO SELL THE CONFECTIONS THAT HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAD
ALWAYS LOVED. BECAUSE OF HER SUCCESS LOCALLY SHE OPENED A SMALL CANDY STORE IN HER HOME.
SOON HER BUSINESS OUTGREW THIS LOCATION AND IN 1930 WAS MOVED TO ITS OWN PERMANENT
MT.STERLING, KY LOCATION WHERE CUSTOMERS STILL TOUR THE FACTORY TODAY.
RUTH HUNT CONTINUALLY ADDED PRODUCTS TO HER LIST. TODAY THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 70 KINDS
OF CANDY, MOST OF WHICH ARE STILL MADE THROUGH STRICT ATTENTION TO EACH ORIGINAL RECIPE.
THESE CONFECTIONS ARE STEEPED WITH THE FLAVOR OF KENTUCKY AND THE TRADITION OF ABSOLUTE
QUALITY. EACH PRODUCT IS MADE WITH THE FINEST INGREDIENTS SUCH AS REAL WHIPPING CREAM,
DAIRY BUTTER AND FRESHLY ROASTED NUTS. THE RICH CHOCOLATE USED HAS NO ADDITIVES LIKE WAX.
UPON ENTERING THE CANDY FACTORY IT IS EVIDENT THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO OBSERVE A BIT OF
CONFECTIONERY HISTORY. FROM THE HUGE OLD MARBLE SLABS TO THE HAND-STIRRED, SPUN COPPER
KETTLES, THE ATMOSPHERE IS FLAVORED WITH SIGHTS AND SMELLS OF ``HOME MADE`` AND
``FRESHLY MADE`` CANDY. EVEN THE EMPLOYEES AT RUTH HUNT`S ARE A CUT ABOVE THE AVERAGE.
THEY EXHIBIT PRIDE AND SATISFACTION IN SEEING THAT EACH PIECE OF CANDY RECEIVES THEIR
PERSONAL APPROVAL. THEY PARTICULARLY ENJOY SHOWING THESE SKILLS TO THE GROWING NUMBER
OF VISITORS WHO DROP BY DAILY TO TOUR THE FACTORY. (THE BUILDING ITSELF HAS RECENTLY
BEEN DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL ``KENTUCKY LANDMARK`` BY THE GOVERNOR.)
AMONG THE MANY VARIETIES OF QUALITY CANDIES MADE AT RUTH HUNT`S ARE KENTUCKY PULLED
CREAM CANDY, BOURBON BALLS, CARAMELS, ASSORTED SOFT CREAMS, AND SUGAR FREE CHOCOLATES.
IT WAS HER BLUE MONDAY BAR, HOWEVER, THAT IS THE COMPANY`S MOST FAMOUS PRODUCT. RUTH
HUNT`S HAS BEEN PRODUCING BLUE MONDAY`S FOR WELL OVER 60 YEARS, EVER SINCE A TRAVELING
MINISTER REMARKED: ``EVERY MONDAY I HAVE TO HAVE A LITTLE SWEET TO HELP ME THROUGH MY
BLUE MONDAY``. ADULTS AND CHILDREN ALIKE SAVOR THE UNIQUE, DELICATE FLAVOR OF THIS
VERY SOPHISTICATED CANDY BAR: A KENTUCKY PULLED CREAM CANDY CENTER COVERED IN RICH,
BESIDES RETAIL SALES IN THE SMALL FACTORY STORE AND RUTH HUNT`S LEXINGTON, KY STORE,
MAIL ORDER SALES HAVE GROWN STEADILY THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND BEYOND. (ONE YEAR
LADY BYRD JOHNSON ORDERED 60 LB. OF CHOCOLATE COVERED CREAM CANDY FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS
AT THE WHITE HOUSE.) TODAY MANY OF RUTH HUNT`S PRODUCTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN OTHER
RETAIL OUTLETS AND GIFT SHOPS THROUGHOUT KENTUCKY.
IN 2001 WE MOVED INTO A MORE CONVENIENTLY LOCATED AND LARGER FACILITY. WE ARE NOW
COMFORTABLY SETTLED INTO OUR NEW FACTORY. BECAUSE WE ARE SO PROUD OF THIS NEW HOME
WE INVITE ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS TO VISIT US AND TOUR OUR SURROUNDINGS AT 550 N. MAYSVILLE
ROAD, MT. STERLING, KENTUCKY 40353. IN ADDITION TO THE BEST CANDIES YOU WILL NOW FIND
AN EXPANDED SELECTION OF KENTUCKY-MADE AND UNUSUAL EQUINE PRODUCTS and CRAFTS. WE`RE
LOCATED JUST 0.3 OF A MILE FROM I-64`S MAIN MT. STERLING EXIT. Take a look at our Mount Sterling holiday planner to schedule your visit to Ruth Hunt Candies and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Ruth Hunt Candies Reviews
I absolutely love Ruth Hunt! Great employees that are always willing to help you find what you are looking for and the candy is out of this world! more »
This was a spontaneous stop for me and husband, who was there for a company training. Their trademark candies are the bourbon balls, cream candy and Blue Monday. But their chocolate meltaways are... more »
Until I had a brief tour of the near magical process of how candy is made on the line, I had zero clue chocolate of the common variety is made with food-grade wax to prevent melting at usual temperatures - but this is not the case at Ruth Hunt as wax is not In the recipe. Lovely little gift shop too. Love the bourbon balls.
Ruth Hunt candies are the best, and the service is great! They will do whatever it takes to make sure you are satisfied, whether it’s helping you find a particular candy, or taking the time to answer your questions. They even give samples of some of the candy they make. If you have never tried the chocolate covered grapes they make for Valentines Day, try them, but make sure you don’t wait until the last minute, because people love them, and they run out quick! They have a excellent variety of candies, as well as other gift ideas. I wouldn’t thing twice of ever going anywhere else!
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