Did you know Crown Candy Kitchen has been in business for more than a century? It was no surprise that this St. Louis institution was chosen for “Best Candy” in our “Deca’s Best of St. Louis” monthly contest. The business was founded in 1913 by two friends, Harry Karandzieff and Pete Jugaloff. “They brought their confectionary skills from Greece, along with a dream of providing a friendly family environment to enjoy their delicious creations.” The business is now in the hands of the third generation, with a little help from the fourth.

Today, the candy counter at Crown Candy Kitchen is still the first choice of many St. Louisans, to satisfy a chocolate craving. The business offers an assortment of chocolates, hand-dipped clusters and chocolate bars with various messages and designs, including the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Everything is made in house, the same way Harry and Pete made it in 1913.

The current business model hasn’t changed much from the original store. Yes, they still make their own candy. Crown Candy Kitchen is also known for their luncheon menu and their soda fountain. (When was the last time you had a chocolate phosphate?) Don’t be surprised if you drop by for lunch and the line is around the building. The line may be long, but those delicious, old-fashioned malts and other Crown Candy specialities are worth it.

Crown Candy Kitchen is also open for dinner “and” they deliver. In addition to their famous BLT, they offer a number of sandwiches and hot entrees. Check out their website for their complete menu.

If you haven’t visited Crown Candy Kitchen in awhile, or you’ve never been at all, the holidays are a great time. Crown Candy Kitchen is a great source for corporate gifts, teacher gifts and even stocking stuffers. And you might want to pick up a little something for yourself.