Lindale Candy Company originally opened in 1946 but entered a new era when Jeremiah and Kaitlin Cagle became its proprietors in 2019. The Cagles added specialty chocolates and more space to the original factory and store. They are celebrating the company’s 75-year anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 16.
The celebration showcases LCC’s newly-expanded facilities, which house two separate kitchens with new viewing areas so they can make chocolate and peppermint candy simultaneously.
The Cagles still use much of the original equipment — a copper kettle, cooling tables, and confection machinery — and the traditional process for making peppermint candy that heats the kitchen to a smothering 110 degrees. Their factory is one of the few that still hand-pulls peppermint to form it into unique shapes.
“(The space will) allow people to watch from start to finish the hard candies, brittles, and other homemade goodies,” Jeremiah said. “(We are) one of just a handful of places left in the nation that still ‘hand-pull’ their hard candies, lollipops, peppermint bowls, and make candy dolls.”
The couple purchased LCC in 2019 after searching for a storefront for Kaitlin’s successful chocolate business. She made and sold her own specialty chocolates from the couple’s home for almost a decade but wanted to separate her home and work life.
Most items in the store are made on location. Peppermint candies are made from original recipes passed down from the Withrow family, the store’s original owners. Four different families have owned the factory and shop over its history.
Visiting LCC is a fun experience for everyone. Shoppers of all ages can enjoy watching the confections being made through the new windows. Highlights inside the store include a 6-foot-high gum ball machine, a chocolate football, and a 17-pound peppermint stick.
The store is open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit them on Facebook at Lindale Candy Company, LLC, or call (903) 730-1050 for information. The store is located at 113 W. Hubbard Street, Lindale, Texas, 75771.