Known for its handcrafted chocolates and inspiring the candy factory episode of "I Love Lucy," See's Candies opened its first Austin location April 4.
The store is located at 10710 Research Blvd., Ste. 144, next to H-E-B at Braker Lane. It sells more than 100 varieties of candy, including scotch mellow with marshmallow and caramel and California brittle.
In 1921, Charles See founded See's Candies and used his mother Mary's candy recipes, Brand Manager Natalie Brown said. The company, which has more than 200 stores nationwide, does not add any preservatives to its products. Brown said that during the World War II sugar rations, See's Candies opted to make less candy rather than cut the amount of sugar in its products as a commitment to quality.
See's Candies goes through about 12 million pounds of chocolate each year. The company also ages its chocolate to bring out the rich, smooth flavor, Brown said.
"We are one of the last candy makers who still do this," she said.
For the "I Love Lucy" episode, Brown said actresses Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance visited the See's Candies candy factory to research how the conveyor belt worked for their scenes in wrapping chocolates. The company still hand packs its boxes, Brown said.
For more information, call 512-372-1048 or visit www.sees.com.
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