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Updated: Monday, October 28 2013, 03:01 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- For more than one hundred years, a Cincinnati confectioner has been satisfying the city's sweet tooth. Minges Candy opened on Court Street in 1905 and Local 12's Rich Jaffe shows us how walking through doors is like a sweet step back in time.
Peter Minges began his wholesale/retail candy business to satisfy a sweet tooth need. "Cincinnati was a very, very large candy manufacturing town similar to Chicago,comparative to Chicago at the time, in the early 1900's. With all of the candy manufacturers he decided they needed a sales rep sort of person to run around and sell their wares."
Scratching the city's sweet itch remains a Minges family business. Peters great granddaughter Leslie still holds down the sugary fort. "Sold the business to grandpa for a dollar and all of us grandkids...there were 17 that worked in and out with grandma and grandpa through the years."
On these shelves you can find the candy of your childhood...sweet treats nobody else carries any more. You'll find more chewy things than you ever imagined...assorted large Swedish Fish...large red Swedish fish...small Swedish fish...it's a veritable zoo of gummy everythings...dinosaurs,bears, worms and even octopus. "They have these little quirky things that go on at the office and they're frustrated and they say I need chocolate...and as soon as you dish up their favorite chocolate their whole attitude changes. We're like candy bar tenders."
This time of year Minges is the perfect place for stuffing Easter eggs. These two ladies bought 32 pounds of egg stuffing treats."And when's the Easter egg hunt? The Saturday before Easter. And you're not going to touch any of the candy before that are you? I'm gonna try not to, I can't make any promises."
With all the hundreds of different types of candy here at Minges perhaps the most unusual is right here the balldozer. You have to wonder just what you do with a jawbreaker that is so big and so hard it could literally break your jaw. "Most people put it in a zip lock bag and hammer it with a hammer and eat chunks of it I guess."
So if you're looking for an old time treat or have a seasonal sweet tooth that has to be satisfied take a walk down this sugar laden memory lane and indulge yourself in a place that is So Cincinnati.
Leslie tells us her great-grandfather started his business delivering candy with a donkey and an old milk wagon.