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There is an old company truck out front along with a sign which has plenty of stickers on it.
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Hammond's Candy Factory

5735 N. Washington Street, Denver, Colorado 80216
Tours are offered each half hour Mon.-Fri. 9–3 & Sat. 10–3. Closed Sunday.
(888) 226-3999 1 Hour
September 2014 All year
$0-19 Denver Colorado
Website Tours Factory Tours
 
Hammond's Candies Factory Tour consists of an overview movie and a guided tour of the candy making process at the Hammond’s company. Visitors can get a view of the candy production areas but not access to them. Tour guides offer commentary on the production equipment and worker activities. This facility also has the only Hammond’s Candies store, and there are plenty of selections for those with a sweet tooth. More popular items include candy canes, lollipops and ribbons. There also are a variety of chocolates.

The company was founded by Carl Hammond in 1920 in an era when neighborhood candy makers were more commonplace. It was a one man shop for a number of years. Carl later acquired a marshmallow and caramel candy recipe which became a popular confection known as Mitchell Sweets. Carl's son and his wife joined the company after World War II and expanded operations. In 1983 the next family generation assumed control. A fundamental change came in 1999 with the sale of the company and a move to the current facility. Hammond's was sold again to the current ownership in 2007. The company today has multiple candy lines and has also branched out into other items like nuts, brittle and cocoa mix.

The facility is located in a warehouse and light industrial area. It's not the most glamorous part of Denver but was easily accessible, and there was plenty of parking. There is a strong but pleasing smell of candy when you walk inside, no mistaking what is produced here. The tours generally run every 30 minutes and take about 30 minutes as well. Following a brief orientation video that discussed the company's history and the candy making process, the tour guide led the small group of only three people to a viewing area. The workers were busy cooking batches of confection and corn syrup and then sorting, cutting, and shaping the material into candies. It was moderately interesting to see for a few minutes, mostly in regard to the worker's speed and efficiency. The tour guide was not especially informative though. Most of her comments were descriptive rather than explanatory. The next room was unremarkable. It was primarily a packaging and shipping area. At the end of the tour there is a free candy gift and then a return to the gift shop where a huge assortment of candy was available for purchase. This tour was about average overall. It could have benefited from more insights about the candy making process from a more insightful host. You won't really miss out if you just visit the store and skip the tour entirely. There is a tour video on the company website, so you can watch it and decide for yourself. Summer is a popular time to visit; there can be up to 600 guests on busier days.
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