Old-fashioned candy, new facility

August 11, 2009 3:41:55 PM PDT
Kegg's Candies is a local candy maker who still does things the old-fashioned way; however, they're debuting a brand new facility in southwest Houston. At 11,000 square feet, it is five times the size of their previous one. They make by hand just about any kind of candy you can imagine; their factory has been open since 1946.

Their recipes, though, are classified. The pecan crisp is especially sought after as an alternative to regular brittle. They even get orders from as far away as Canada for the confection.

"It's delicious," candymaker Manny Bethancourt said. "Trust me."

They make 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of candy each year.

"There's only so much that equipment can do," manager Carl Bartuch said. "The majority of the process? is hands on."

Kegg's can also make chocolate molds of virtually any kind. They currently have over 500 different molds, including one that makes a 10 pound chocolate Santa.

One occupational hazard here, though, workers say, is eating the product. But, they try to think of it as more of a service to the customer.

"That's part of the job, too," candymaker Colleen Steele said. "We have to taste to make sure that everything is fresh, that the recipes are good."

For more information about Kegg's Candies, visit their website, www.keggcandy.com.

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