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The Official Candy Makers of Churchill Downs® and the Kentucky Derby®

THE RUTH HUNT CANDY COMPANY

IN 1921 RUTH THARPE HUNT BEGAN TO SELL THE CONFECTIONS THAT HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAD ALWAYS LOVED. BECAUSE OF HER SUCCESS LOCALLY SHE OPENED A SMALL CANDY STORE IN HER HOME. SOON HER BUSINESS OUTGREW THIS LOCATION AND IN 1930 WAS MOVED TO ITS OWN PERMANENT MT.STERLING, KY LOCATION WHERE CUSTOMERS STILL TOUR THE FACTORY TODAY.

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RUTH HUNT CONTINUALLY ADDED PRODUCTS TO HER LIST. TODAY THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 70 KINDS OF CANDY, MOST OF WHICH ARE STILL MADE THROUGH STRICT ATTENTION TO EACH ORIGINAL RECIPE. THESE CONFECTIONS ARE STEEPED WITH THE FLAVOR OF KENTUCKY AND THE TRADITION OF ABSOLUTE QUALITY. EACH PRODUCT IS MADE WITH THE FINEST INGREDIENTS SUCH AS REAL WHIPPING CREAM, DAIRY BUTTER AND FRESHLY ROASTED NUTS. THE RICH CHOCOLATE USED HAS NO ADDITIVES LIKE WAX. UPON ENTERING THE CANDY FACTORY IT IS EVIDENT THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO OBSERVE A BIT OF CONFECTIONERY HISTORY. FROM THE HUGE OLD MARBLE SLABS TO THE HAND-STIRRED, SPUN COPPER KETTLES, THE ATMOSPHERE IS FLAVORED WITH SIGHTS AND SMELLS OF ``HOME MADE" AND ``FRESHLY MADE" CANDY. EVEN THE EMPLOYEES AT RUTH HUNT'S ARE A CUT ABOVE THE AVERAGE. THEY EXHIBIT PRIDE AND SATISFACTION IN SEEING THAT EACH PIECE OF CANDY RECEIVES THEIR PERSONAL APPROVAL. THEY PARTICULARLY ENJOY SHOWING THESE SKILLS TO THE GROWING NUMBER OF VISITORS WHO DROP BY DAILY TO TOUR THE FACTORY. (THE BUILDING ITSELF HAS RECENTLY BEEN DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL ``KENTUCKY LANDMARK" BY THE GOVERNOR.)

AMONG THE MANY VARIETIES OF QUALITY CANDIES MADE AT RUTH HUNT'S ARE KENTUCKY PULLED CREAM CANDY, BOURBON BALLS, CARAMELS, ASSORTED SOFT CREAMS, AND SUGAR FREE CHOCOLATES. IT WAS HER BLUE MONDAY BAR, HOWEVER, THAT IS THE COMPANY'S MOST FAMOUS PRODUCT. RUTH HUNT'S HAS BEEN PRODUCING BLUE MONDAY'S FOR WELL OVER 60 YEARS, EVER SINCE A TRAVELING MINISTER REMARKED: ``EVERY MONDAY I HAVE TO HAVE A LITTLE SWEET TO HELP ME THROUGH MY BLUE MONDAY". ADULTS AND CHILDREN ALIKE SAVOR THE UNIQUE, DELICATE FLAVOR OF THIS VERY SOPHISTICATED CANDY BAR: A KENTUCKY PULLED CREAM CANDY CENTER COVERED IN RICH, DARK CHOCOLATE!

BESIDES RETAIL SALES IN THE SMALL FACTORY STORE AND RUTH HUNT'S LEXINGTON, KY STORE, MAIL ORDER SALES HAVE GROWN STEADILY THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND BEYOND. (ONE YEAR LADY BYRD JOHNSON ORDERED 60 LB. OF CHOCOLATE COVERED CREAM CANDY FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE.) TODAY MANY OF RUTH HUNT'S PRODUCTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN OTHER RETAIL OUTLETS AND GIFT SHOPS THROUGHOUT KENTUCKY.

IN 1993 RUTH HUNT CANDIES BECAME THE ``OFFICIAL CANDY MAKERS OF CHURCHILL DOWNS AND THE KENTUCKY DERBY" A DISTINCTION OF WHICH THE OWNERS ARE MOST PROUD. THE BEAUTIFUL CHURCHILL DOWNS BOX, WHICH WAS DEVELOPED FOR THIS HONOR FEATURES A THOROUGHBRED RACING SCENE BENEATH THE HISTORIC TWIN SPIRES OF CHURCHILL DOWNS. IT HAS BECOME A SYMBOL OF KENTUCKY'S FINEST CONFECTIONS!

IN 2001 WE MOVED INTO A MORE CONVENIENTLY LOCATED AND LARGER FACILITY. WE ARE NOW COMFORTABLY SETTLED INTO OUR NEW FACTORY. BECAUSE WE ARE SO PROUD OF THIS NEW HOME WE INVITE ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS TO VISIT US AND TOUR OUR SURROUNDINGS AT 550 N. MAYSVILLE ROAD, MT. STERLING, KENTUCKY 40353. IN ADDITION TO THE BEST CANDIES YOU WILL NOW FIND AN EXPANDED SELECTION OF KENTUCKY-MADE AND UNUSUAL EQUINE PRODUCTS & CRAFTS. WE'RE LOCATED JUST 0.3OF A MILE FROM RT. 64'S MAIN MT. STERLING EXIT.

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We are located at 550 North Maysville Rd, Mt.Sterling, KY 40353.
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