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Meatloaf2006 Apr 11, 2007 11:53 AM

Looking for the name of a candy store in St. Louis. (I know--big town!)
Don't know if they even exist anymore. Years ago (back in the '60's) my Dad used to travel to St. Louis and bring candy back this heavenly candy. It was like chocolate covered honeycomb--kind of in small bricks or chuncks. I can't remember the name of the candy or the store. Would love to know if anyone knows what I'm talking about. And if they're still around. Would love to try to order some and relive the old days!!
Thanks!

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    zorazebra Sep 15, 2009 09:03 AM

    Was it Mavrakos Candy Company? They had the best candy in town.

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      mary_ladue Oct 25, 2009 04:06 PM

      I just found out Mavrakos is back in St. Louis! My neighbor just bought me a box of Heavenly Hash (they changed the name to marshmallow pecan bar) YUM! It brought me back many years. All the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company stores carry it

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      Chanceit Jun 22, 2009 07:32 PM

      I don't know if more than one store sold Molasses Puff candy, but I know one that did for sure! Mavrako's Candy on Grand. My grandmother (Elsie Koerber) managed the store from approx 1964-1975. One of my favorite childhood memories were the huge slabs of molasses puff candy that she would give us at Christmas and Easter. It was just called Molasses Puff as far as I know, and it had the crunchy molasses sponge center and was covered in milk chocolate.
      Mavrako's had several locations, including one at Northland Shopping Center. It was family owned and according to my Grandmother, Mr. Mavrako was a dear man and very good to his employees. The stores eventually were bought by See's Candy after Mr. Mavrako passed.
      Thanks for the sweet memory!

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        Christine Jun 23, 2009 08:24 AM

        Both Bissinger's and Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate in STL have/make Molasses Puff Candy. Both are yummy and delicious! Don't know whether they use the old Mavrakos recipe, but whatever it is, it's umm-umm-good!

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          zorazebra Sep 15, 2009 09:07 AM

          Mavrakos Candy used to come in carved wooden boxes, and I still have one that my father had for many years. It should be a collector's item by now. Although I haven't lived in STL for many, many years, I still miss Mavrakos candy.

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          KitKat2003 Dec 26, 2008 12:50 PM

          We buy them every Christmas at Kipp's on Bayless Ave. You can also get them at Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate. There are several locations in St. Louis and on-line.

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            anniemeadows33 Apr 21, 2008 06:44 PM

            i have had a box of the Molasses Puff from Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company in St. Louis. It is exactly like the same old Mavrakos candy, they have it in milk and dark chocolate

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              lrb36 Jan 25, 2008 01:02 AM

              It was Mavrakos that sold them they had a store in Jefferson city where I live...I used to get the Molasses puffs with the dark chocolate every year for my birthday...Mavarakos did make most their own candy but they didn't make the molasses puffs..I bought a box about 4 years ago at casino in Las Vegas..when your looking online look for spun molasses or honeycomb....I've found several other brands but never as good...I am going to try some of the suggestions listed in the replies

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                Irishbeer4me Jan 25, 2008 09:07 AM

                Yes they did make the Molasses puffs at the Mavrakos factory in St Louis, after they closed in the late 1970's they sold some of the recipes to Chocolate Clocolate Candy store, they still make them today there.

                http://www.chocolatechocolate.com

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                  jomontgomery Jul 1, 2009 10:40 AM

                  Mavrako's did make their own molasses puffs. My grandmother, when working in St. Louis during the 19-teen's and early 1920's, patronized the story downtown and became rather good friends of a few of the folks. She was given their recipe (lost in a flood, unfortunately) and would never make it for she wanted to be loyal to the Mavrakos family.

                2. Suzie Apr 12, 2007 05:15 AM

                  I think it was Fanny May( I could be wrong on the name) that carried what you arer describing. I use to get them down at the Galleria in Clayton (before it was the Galleria). We called them molasses chips. The were little rectangles of honeycomb dipped in chocolate. The closest match I have found is at http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/sh... Look in that site and see if thats what you are thinking of.

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                    zataar Apr 12, 2007 06:07 AM

                    We used to get honeycomb at a place called (I think!) Mavrocco's. The one I remember was close to downtown. That was a long, long time ago. I'm sure the spelling is not correct. They had good candy!

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                      alan Apr 12, 2007 08:16 AM

                      It's Mavrakos, and they closed many years ago as best I recall.

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                        zataar Apr 12, 2007 10:42 AM

                        That's it! We would get Easter candy from there when I was a little kid, in the '50s and 60s. I don't remember them being around after the '70s. Thanks for the correct spelling, I couldn't remember the spelling at all. They had some decent honeycomb. They may have called them molasses puffs.

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                          Meatloaf2006 Apr 13, 2007 02:49 PM

                          YES! That was it. Mavrakos! I knew I'd remember it when I saw it. Too bad they no longer exist.
                          Thanks everyone for the help.

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                      showlett Apr 11, 2007 02:22 PM

                      I think what you are talking about may bechocolate covered molassas puffs...many places have them. I believe you can buy the Merbs brand at Dierbergs. Good luck.

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                        Extreme Glow Apr 11, 2007 03:13 PM

                        I do believe it's molasses puffs from Merb's Candies. The 1960s location you mention is still open at 4000 S. Grand in the city.

                        Sorry, no website.

                        You can see a picture of them at Bissinger's, which may jog your memory.
                        http://www.bissingers.com/category/de...

                        Crown Candy has been around since 1913, Bissinger's since 1927, and Merb's, I don't know, but a long time.

                      2. bobzemuda Apr 11, 2007 01:53 PM

                        Bissinger's maybe? I guess Crown Candy Kitchen has been there that long also.

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                          Meatloaf2006 Apr 11, 2007 01:58 PM

                          No that's not it. I'll know it instantly when I hear it. (It was a long long time ago!)
                          But thanks anyway.

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                            rchammann Mar 17, 2010 08:50 AM

                            There are Mavrakos Candies, Merbs Candies, and Crown Candies Kitchens. Enjoy!

                            Listing Information
                            URL: www.mavrakos.com
                            e-mail: customersupport@mavrakos.com
                            Phone: 314-832-2639
                            Fax: 314-832-2299

                            Crown Candy Kitchen
                            http://crowncandykitchen.net/
                            1401 Saint Louis Ave
                            Saint Louis, MO 63106
                            314-621-9650

                            Merbs Candies
                            http://www.merbscandies.net/storefront/
                            4000 South Grand
                            Saint Louis, MO
                            (314) 832-7117

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