Schimpff's Confectionery, LLC
Schimpff's comes complete with a 50's soda fountain and original tin ceiling. Jars and cases of old-fashioned candy give the visitor a taste of the past. The museum displays thousands of artifacts concerning the American candy industry. Visitors can often see candy makers cooking up confections on turn-of-the-century equipment. A living museum! Schimpff's Confectionery, designated in 1994 by the State of Indiana as on of its "Hidden Treasures," has been producing fine, hand-made candies in Jeffersonville since 1891. Founded by Gustav A. Schimpff Sr., the firm has been in family ownership for four generations. In 2001, Schimpff's expanded into the building next door and added a candy demonstration area and candy museum. Here the public can view candy being made on turn-of-the-century equipment as well as look at the exhibits of thousands of pieces of American candy memorabilia spanning over one hundred years of U.S. candy-making history. The original building has a unique brick and tile storefront and the interior is graced with a period tin ceiling. Both buildings were erected just after the civil War and have survived three major floods. Markers on the front record the height of the flood waters. Schimpff's is famous for its Fish Candy, Horehound Drops, and original Cinnamon Red Hots. a traditional favorite is hand-dipped Modjeska, a caramel-covered marshmallow treat named for the famous Polish-born actress, Madame Helena Modjeska, who performed in Louisville in 1883. More recent favorites are the chocolate-covered caramel and pecans molded into the shape of a turtle. Schimpff's old-fashioned soda fountain serves traditional sundaes and sodas, as well as old-time favorites, such as cherry and chocolate cokes.
- A Sweet Visit to the Past