Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen was founded in 1950 by Dave and Peggy Dych. The couple was traveling to California to seek their fortune, and stopped for a visit in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The young couple immediately recognized the potential of Gatlinburg as a growing motor tourist destination. They envisioned a visually entertaining main street business, serving the tourists with wholesome homemade candies. The Candy was made in full view of the passing motor and walking public. Candy makers, dressed in white uniforms, stirred large copper kettles while feeding taffy into hypnotic machines. This drew a crowd on the patio outside the windows where seats were installed. The candy was displayed behind glass cases and sold in any quantity requested. Gatlinburg has flourished as a motor tourist destination and Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen is still serving the tourists wholesome homemade candy in the original way – one piece or a box full.
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Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

Our Story Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen was founded in 1950 by Dave and Peggy Dych. The couple was traveling to California to seek their fortune, and stopped for a visit in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The young couple immediately recognized the potential of Gatlinburg as a growing motor tourist destination. They envisioned a visually entertaining main street business, serving the tourists with wholesome homemade candies. The Candy was made in full view of the passing motor and walking public. Candy makers, dressed in white uniforms, stirred large copper kettles while feeding taffy into hypnotic machines. This drew a crowd on the patio outside the windows where seats were installed. The candy was displayed behind glass cases and sold in any quantity requested. Gatlinburg has flourished as a motor tourist destination and Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen is still serving the tourists wholesome homemade candy in the original way – one piece or a box full.

Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

The Sweetest Mountain Tradition… The taffy is wrapped on an old fashioned taffy wrapping machine built in 1940. These machines haven’t changed much from when they first came out at the turn of the century. The machine slices a piece of taffy, cuts a piece of wax-paper wrapper, wraps the candy, then twists the end closed. People sometimes stand and watch it for hours amazed at the way it works. About Us In 1973, Howard Reagan Sr. headed out to seek his fortune in the tourism industry. He put everything he had as collateral into his own candy making business. Smoky Mountain Candy Makers was born. As time went by, he taught his three children the business, Howard Jr., Mary, and Heath Reagan. Howard Jr., and Heath now operate the store for their Father, keeping up the tradition of candy making.
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Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

The taffy is wrapped on an old fashioned taffy wrapping machine built in 1940. These machines haven’t changed much from when they first came out at the turn of the century. The machine slices a piece of taffy, cuts a piece of wax-paper wrapper, wraps the candy, then twists the end closed. People sometimes stand and watch it for hours amazed at the way it works. About Us In 1973, Howard Reagan Sr. headed out to seek his fortune in the tourism industry. He put everything he had as collateral into his own candy making business. Smoky Mountain Candy Makers was born. As time went by, he taught his three children the business, Howard Jr., Mary, and Heath Reagan. Howard Jr., and Heath now operate the store for their Father, keeping up the tradition of candy making.
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Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

The Island in Pigeon Forge offers families affordable fun night and day. Showcased by The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel, and our multi-million dollar show fountain, The Island provides the area’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment options in the East Tennessee area.  
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Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

About us The Island in Pigeon Forge offers families affordable fun night and day. Showcased by The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel, and our multi-million dollar show fountain, The Island provides the area’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment options in the East Tennessee area.  
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Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

The taffy is wrapped on an old fashioned taffy wrapping machine built in 1940. These machines haven’t changed much from when they first came out at the turn of the century. The machine slices a piece of taffy, cuts a piece of wax-paper wrapper, wraps the candy, then twists the end closed. People sometimes stand and watch it for hours amazed at the way it works.
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Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

As time went by, he taught his three children the business, Howard Jr., Mary, and Heath Reagan. Howard Jr., and Heath now operate the store for their Father, keeping up the tradition of candy making.