If your idea of a good time is watching candy being made in cooper kettles, sipping a malted at a 1950’s soda fountain and touring a museum dedicated to the history of candy making, you will not want to bypass Jeffersonville, Indiana.
The quintessential, small, Midwestern town of Jeffersonville has been home to the celebrated “Schimpff’s Confectionery” since the 1800’s.
The Germanic born Schimpff’s came to America from Bavaria in the 1800’s, first settling in Louisville, Kentucky and then later relocating to Jeffersonville, Indiana.
The family brought with them their culture’s traditional, candy making techniques that the company still faithfully employs today.
Today, thanks to that dedication, visitors to “Schmippf’s Confectionery” can enjoy a sweet and nostalgic walk back into candy making history when time-honored family traditions and pride of craftsmanship were the orders of the day.
The “Candy Museum” provides visitors with a cavalcade of confectionery memories through its’ astonishing large collection of candy making equipment and memorabilia that literally spans decades.
Nostalgic glass jars filled with assorted candies, advertising materials and copper kettles are just some of the item’s visitors can see on display at the “Candy Museum.”
Guided and Self-Guided Tours
The candy making tour at “Schmipff’s Confectionery” includes a guided tour of the candy museum and a live demonstration of the company’s signature “Red Hots” being made the old fashioned way, in copper kettles.
As of 2010 admission and guided tours of “Schmipff’s Confectionery” and the “Candy Museum” are free. Guided tours are available with advance reservations between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:30 pm weekdays as well as between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday.
Though the candy museum, candy demonstration area and chocolate dipping room are available for self-guided tours throughout the day, those that want to be assured of watching a live candy demonstration should make advance reservations for the guided tour.
Guided tour reservations can be made by calling Jill Schmipff at 812-283-8367.
1950’s Soda Fountain and Deli Lunch Room
“Schimpff’s Confectionery” also features a working 1950’s soda fountain complete with period décor.
Visitors can stop at the soda fountain after the tour and enjoy any number of classic, soda fountain treats as well as a light meal.
The deli and soda fountain area is open from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday and from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm on Saturday.
Additional information about “Schimpff’s Confectionery” and the “Candy Museum” can be found on the company’s website. There is also an online store for those that would like to purchase such classic confections as hard fish, modjeskas, and other assorted hard candies.
347 Spring Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130