Sweet Tooth

Oldham County, Ky., couple dips
into candy jar

Their Kandies of Kentucky LLC is gaining popularity

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (March 2014) – When Barry Sumner and his wife, Barbara, received an order for 1,150 pieces of homemade candy, they knew they had their work cut out for them. The largest order they’ve ever had came last year in September for the National Republican Women’s Convention.
“The convention is held only once every 40 years,” said Barry, so they knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to promote their candy business. The Fillies Inc. sponsored the event and “wanted a special item to welcome the delegates to Kentucky.”
“It was quite a large order for us,” said Barry.

Barry Barabara

Photo by Helen McKinney

Barbara and Barry Sumner
turned a 40-year-old bourbon
candy recipe into a business
in downtown La Grange, Ky.

Barbara said it was an awesome experience. “The people were so nice. How could you not be thrilled for two people from each state to try your candy?”
The convention was very successful for the couple. As a result, they received several out-of-town candy orders. “It was a very good event for us,” Barry said of the event that was held in Louisville at the Galt House.
After having made candy for years, the couple decided to combine Barbara’s skills and recipes with those of her mother’s to produce a candy confection like no other. Their bourbon and liqueur candy has become popular enough to keep them busy 10 months out of the year.
Two years ago, “we took a 40-year-old bourbon recipe and stretched it a little farther,” said Barry. The Sumner’s make three types of bourbon balls: one using mint julep, one containing pecans and another using traditional chips.
“We make 16 different candies,” he said. They also use different flavored liqueurs as well.


Photo by Helen McKinney

The Sumners’ bourbon and liqueur candy has become popular enough to keep them busy most of the year.

By spring of 2014 they hope to add a 17th flavor. Barbara said she would like it to be a coconut or pina colada flavored candy.
They make all of their own fillings. Everything begins with the one basic bourbon ball recipe. “We enjoy making candy,” she said.
The Sumners began Kandies of Kentucky LLC when they both retired. “We have fun doing it,” said Barry. Both are originally from the south end of Louisville and now live just outside of Crestwood, having moved to Oldham County 20 years ago.
For Barbara, the best part about the business is “seeing the look on someone’s face when they enjoy the candy. We love meeting new people and talking to people face-to-face.”
Barry believes the couple “makes candy here (in Oldham County) that no one else makes.” Their candies are not injected or infused with fillings; they are all confections with the legal amount of liqueur or bourbon that is permitted.
In addition to Farmer’s Markets, there are some indoor shows the couple participates in during the colder months of the year. On March 15, they will be at the Old Brownsboro Arts & Craft show, held at Louisville’s Ballard High School.
The couple also takes wedding orders. “We’ve done six now, from here to Arkansas,” said Barry.
Barbara said couples order their candy for rehearsal dinners and guests and “some give it as gift baskets for the wedding party.”
“We’re tickled the public likes our candy,” Barry said. “Everybody has a sweet tooth.”

• For more information, call the Sumners at (502) 594-3079 or (502) 641-0730 or email: kandiesofkentucky@hotmail.com.

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