Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Crown Candy Kitchen marks 100 years of delighting St. Louisans
In a back room at Crown Candy Kitchen, Andy Karandzieff pours milk chocolate into Easter bunny molds. His mother, Bessie, works a few feet away, filling heart-shaped boxes with Crown’s homemade chocolates.
Andy’s wife, Sherri, pops in from her office, where she’s processing online orders. His brother, Tom, is in Crown’s minuscule kitchen, crisping bacon for the lunch rush. Their sister-in-law, Nancy, pores over spreadsheets that keep this family-run candy cartel organized.