Hello! How was your Halloween? You probably know we’re located right on Main Street, in downtown Anoka–which is also known as the Halloween Capital of the World. Needless to say, it gets pretty busy in October out on the streets–we’re slightly happy that it’s over now. 🙂 However, we ARE still thinking about candy, and chocolates, around here. (We didn’t trick-or-treat this year…we need to actually buy chocolate, to stay happy, this time around.) If you’re in the same boat, or if you’re ever just looking to round out your flower order a bit, with something a little extra, we always have amazing boxes of chocolates that you can add onto your order. (Or, just buy separately. 🙂 ) It’s easy to add a box of amazing, Abdallah, chocolates on when you order from our website–you’ll have the option right before placing your order. If you are looking for a specific type of chocolate, need sugar, or nut free, you can always call us. All of the chocolate we have for you is made by Abdallah–a MN chocolate maker that has been around longer than my grandma. ❤ Other than the fabulous products they make, here are a few other reasons we love them so…
-They’re a MN candy company that has been around since 1909. They’re still family owned–fourth generation!
-Their first shop opened at Lake and Hennepin. (Uptown!) They sold candy, cigars, flowers and fruit.
-In 1937, After the Great Depression, they reopened in a new location–closer to Lake Calhoun. They opened a one-of-a-kind, walk-away, ice cream window.
-Today, they’re still going strong. They are now located in Burnsville and they make over 200 of their chocolates and candies right on site! (You can even watch them make most of it!)
Here is a write up from their website, regarding the beginnings of the business…
In 1909, at the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis, young Albert would stand over a small copper kettle filled with the best ingredients attainable. Cooking his new confections over an open flame, Albert knew that every recipe had to be absolutely perfect or he would have to try again. He understood, as a newcomer to this country, he would have to create a product that was so high in quality, that its success would be guaranteed. The ambitious Lebanese native along with his new Swedish bride, fair and beautiful Helen Trovall, would soon tirelessly supply their growing demand for his fine confections. Again and again, a new recipe would be perfected. Together, the family has fought back through bankruptcy as a result of the great depression, rations during World War II and a devastating and fiery explosion that destroyed their business in 1965. Albert’s recipes, perseverance and optimism has inspired a lineage of family candy makers through the evolution of this great country that he had risked everything to be a part of. Using the same wholesome and pure ingredients, intricate small batch candy-making techniques and even some of the same copper kettles, we honor the courage and passion for excellence of family generations before us. We are proud to offer to you, these classic confections.
We love them, and their company, and are PROUD to carry many different varieties of their treats. We change many of their products in, and out, seasonally; so make sure to stop in often to see what we have! If you would like to check out their website yourself, click HERE. You can order from our website HERE.