Friday, February 12, 2010

Back in Time at Schimpff's Confectionery

For the past two years my husband has indulged me with a trip across the river to Jeffersonville, Indiana. Here we take a trip back in time to visit Schimpff's Confectionery. I always like to go around Valentine's Day as it's my favorite day of the year.

You may not be able to read the date on the door, but it says "since 1891." Yes, it's been around 119 years. Check out the markings on the door that show the water level when the Ohio River flooded in years past.

This is what you see when you enter the front door and it takes my breath away, having a major sweet tooth. Yes, I turn into a "kid in a candy shop."

While there you can see a demonstration of candy making using crank style equipment and antique metal candy molds. As the cinnamon candy cools, it is broken apart and everyone gets samples that are still warm to the touch.

They also have a very impressive museum dedicated to the history of candy. There are vintage candy boxes, jars, containers and other forms of packaging.

Here are a few of the goodies I purchased! My favorites are the Oreos dipped in dark chocolate with candy hearts on top.

To learn more about this historic shop, check out the Schimpff's website. Be sure to click on HISTORY to see more photos and interesting info. If you are in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area, you should take the time to visit!


Pallas said...

What a wonderful candy store! I can smell all the fresh chocolate. And better yet, Jeffersonville, Indiana is only 50 miles from our Kentucky summer house. Hmmm, candy is good in the summer too I'm sure.

I love historic towns, and this one looks like fun to visit.

Pretty Things said...


And I'm dieting.

ChezChani said...

What a cool place. When I was young and living in Ste. Agathe we had a candy store called Black Cats. It was "downtown" which was just one street with all the stores. We'd go during school lunch and I'd get what seemed like tons of candy for 25cents! I particularly liked something we called Black Balls. I've never had them since.
Thanks for sharing this wonderous place!