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Schimpff's Confectionery

347 Spring St.
Jeffersonville  Indiana  47130
United States
(812) 283-8367
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Lisa McClintick
Watch fourth-generation owner Warren Schimpff make the shop's famous red hots by hand, then visit the candy museum and soda fountain.

At Schimpff's Confectionery in Jeffersonville, fourth-generation owner Warren Schimpff often wears an apron and paper hat while making candy by hand and giving tours of his candy museum. In business for 119 years, this southern Indiana landmark is a sweet delight for customers, and it offers vintage candies and local specialties you won't find anywhere else. The highlight of a visit to Schimpff's is the demonstration kitchen, where candy makers still make their goodies by hand with antique equipment. The cooling table was manufactured in March 1891. Candy makers work in sight of the customers, and they happily answer questions about the process -- and hand out lots of yummy samples, too. When you're done there, explore the small candy museum, which specializes in vintage candy packaging and promotional materials, or order a chocolate soda at the 1950s soda fountain. At the candy counter, pick up a tin of the shop's famous cinnamon red hots, or choose harder-to-find flavors, such as anise drops and horehound drops. For a local specialty, try the fish-shape hard candies, which celebrate the area's Ohio River ties. They come in 18 flavors, such as butter rum and sweet birch. Or sample a Modjeska, a caramel-covered marshmallow developed locally in the 1880s. Whatever you choose, you're sure to develop a permanent craving. Fortunately, the shop has kept up with the times, and its most popular candies are now available for purchase online.

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