Ruth Hunt Candies turns 100

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A beloved Kentucky candy company is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Ruth Hunt Candies, started in Mount Sterling, Kentucky in 1921, is 100 years old today.

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The festivities in Lexington today stayed true to its Kentucky roots with a Woodford Reserve bourbon tasting to pair with Ruth Hunt’s bourbon balls, and the store featured giveaways and distributed free candies, including the company’s famous “Blue Mondays.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held and a proclamation was given to Ruth Hunt Candies by Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton. Moving forward, the company hopes to continue what it’s already been doing for its first hundred years.

“Our greatest vision is to continue what we’re doing and spread it a little wider. We stick to traditional recipes and the best ingredients we can buy. We’re really careful about the way the candy is made–really we’ve used the same recipes for 100 years,” said Ruth Hunt co-owner Larry Kezele.

“You know, to see everybody here and to know that we’re celebrating one hundred years is just absolutely wonderful. You know, the fact that Ruth is a lady, and she started this company back in 1921 and for it to continue to be going on now is just great,” said Ruth Hunt Candies employee Gloria Walker.

As part of the festivities, Mount Sterling’s Judy Drive-In will be showing a documentary on Ruth Hunt Candies.