It was 1950 when Dave and Peggy Dych was traveling to California to pursue their future and seek fortune. They stopped at Gatlinburg and fell in love with the place. They accepted the potential of this destination and recognised it as a growing tourist stop over. They opened Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen and served tourists with homemade candies. They were on the main street, so people stopped by to pick up nutritious candies. Dave and Peggy made the candy in full view of the public. They used the old fashioned way of Copper Kettle Fudge. It is hand beaten in a copper kettle with a large paddle, and hand dipped.
After the business expanded, they hired people to help make the candies. They made taffy, a sweet similar to toffee, made from brown sugar or treacle. They are then boiled with butter and pulled until glossy. Candy makers dressed in white uniforms were at the store to greet you. Few of them at the back fed taffy into machines. This attracted large crowds all curious to see what they were making. Seats were laid out on the patio and the candy was displayed behind glass cases. They were sold in the quantity required, all fresh and delicious. As Gatlinburg thrived so did Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen.
Today it still serves tourists in the warm and welcoming manner as in the past. Check out their chocolates, Fudge, Taffy, and Stick Candies. Their all-time favourite is the Copper Kettle Fudge. It is their original recipe and still hand made in copper kettles. Choose assorted flavours, and they allow you to taste for free. Marble slab homemade fudge is new and ideal for parties and family get together. The hand dipped chocolate candies have nut clusters, caramels, pecan turtles and jellies. They have Sugar Free Candy with artificial sweeteners. They may contain substances which will cause a laxative effect if excess amount is consumed. Regular and sugar free candies are a big attraction. There is the Smoky bear claws, milk chocolate bear claws and white chocolate bear paws.
Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen Travel Tips
- Products manufactured in a plant that processes peanuts and other tree nuts.
- Products may contain milk products.
- Products may contain Red 3 & 40, Yellow 5 & 6, and Blue 1 & 2.
- Also hand dipped chocolates and Holiday gifts available.
- Shipping available in U.S.A.
- It's very family friendly and probably the original in a long line of candy shops in Gatlinburg.
- They do use potassium sorbitol and artificial dyes so it’s not organic health food.
- They are not vegan.
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8.64% of people who visit Gatlinburg include Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen in their plan
50% of people start their Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen visit around 12 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen Reviews & Ratings
This is place is by far the best tasting candy shop I have ever found. Been going to this place since the 80's on family vacation with my parents and now taking my daughter there. If I find out friends are going to Gatlinburg, I make them stop there and get my favorite candy.
Love this store, yes it's a tourist hotspot. Still many locals acquaint this spot. Candy is great, people are extremely friendly. Definitely recommend this place. I give them a 9/10.
This place is awesome. Been coming here since I was a kid. By far the best taffy and candy. They have friendly staff to help as well.
We visited this shop twice while we were here. The nice thing about this shop is you can pick your favorite flavors and build your own box. The first time we bought (2) one pound boxes. The second time we bought (1) 2 pound & (1) one pound. This is in my opinion the best saltwater taffy on the Parkway.
The demonstration was awesome. The service was difficult, noone to man the cash register as others were filling orders behind candy counter so those of us that choose items off the shelf kept getting pushed aside. I finally just left and made my Taffy purchase from another store a few doors down.