Ruth Hunt Candies, Proud to be Kentucky Proud

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MT. STERLING, Ky (WTVQ) – Ruth Hunt Candies has deep roots in the Bluegrass. Established in Mt. Sterling in 1921, the Kentucky Proud producer sells chocolates, candies, baskets and gifts. With fine sweets made right here in Kentucky and a variety of other items, Ruth Hunt Candies is proud to be Kentucky Proud!

Lynn Issac, the factory manager for Ruth Hunt Candies, talked us through the origin of the store’s classic “Blue Monday.” She said that one evening in the 1930s a traveling minister that preached at Ruth Hunt’s church was having dinner with Ruth. The minister said that after preaching on Sunday, Monday was the “blue” day of the week, and he always needed a small sweet to cheer him up. She had just developed this specific candy bar, and she settled on the name “Blue Monday Sweet Bar” in honor of him.

Bourbon balls are a best seller at Ruth Hunt Candies. In 2017, the candy producer made approximately $3.5 million bourbon balls; they estimate closer to 4 million this year. The ingredients will make your mouth water: sugar, powdered sugar, cream, butter, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon and special pecans. Mhmm!

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Ruth Hunt Candies originated in Mt. Sterling, but they’ve expanded with a satellite store located here in Lexington. You can drop by the Lexington store Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. You can visit the Mt. Sterling store Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

To find more information about Ruth Hunt Candies visit their website ruthhuntcandy.com. To find the latest news in Central Kentucky follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For the latest from Good Day Kentucky click here and the latest Hometown Tour here.

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