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A Chocolate Lover's Paradise
20 S. Washington Avenue
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About this Exploration:
Iola has had a rich chocolate and candy making history since the early 1900s. The first candy company was located on the north side of the downtown square and was called Miller's Candy Company.
Miller's produced candy in large quantities, but later when Sam Sifers bought into the company, he enlarged the production. It was after a mistake in the cooking that the marshmallow wasn't cooled correctly, and the runny marshmallow center became a new original candy called Valomilk.
The candy company eventually moved to Kansas City, but the Allen County Historical Museum stocks the original Valomilk for the people who remember the tasty treats. (Valomilk candy is especially difficult to find now days!)
Incidentally, in later years, Earl Sifers owned the Iola Cubs Baseball team, which was a part of the old KOM (Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri) Ball League. You can find out more about the Chocolate Candy Co.'s Ball Team by visiting the Allen County Historical Society, or read an article written about the KOM League in the Iola Register.
Also, in Iola's rich history of candy making, Russell Stover's Candies came to town in the 1990s, and they make all sorts of chocolates that can be purchased at their outlet store at discounted prices.
In 2014 Lindt & Spruengli AG, the world’s largest producer of premium chocolate, agreed to acquire Russell Stover Candies Inc. to become the third-biggest chocolate producer in North America. Although Russell Stover's has a new owner now, Iola has been assured that the candy factory and outlet store shall remain the same.
Allen County Historical Museum hours:
May-September Tuesday-Saturday 12:30-4 p.m.; October-May Tuesday-Saturday 2-4 p.m.
Russell Stover's Candies Outlet Store hours:
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. Closed on major holidays. 620.364.5590.
208 W. Madison Ave
Iola, KS 66749