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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Eighty-five years ago, George Charles Phillips established the Condie's Candies Company in Salt Lake City. Since then, the successful business has generated many devoted and loyal customers, and today, the fourth generation of the family continues producing delectable candy confections for its many fans.

George arrived in Utah in 1906. Upon arrival, he found employment as a bookkeeper for ZCMI. He noticed that the store couldn't keep up with the demand for hard candy and roasted nuts, so he decided to make them himself and sell them to ZCMI. Business was brisk and soon George expanded to include hand-dipped chocolates and pecan rolls.

Today, George's grandson, George Condie, owns the company and continues making candy the only way he knows how — "just like Grandpa did." George Charles Phillips' great granddaughters, Karen Cunningham, Michelle Helm and Nannette Condie, take great pride in their heritage and relish the opportunity to continue the company's great legacy. It's interesting to note that history is repeating itself within the company: in its early days, the owner turned much of the management to his three daughters. Three generations later, the same thing has occurred.

I enjoyed visiting the factory. Nannette told me it is so interesting to discover when patrons are also grandchildren of original customers. The sisters insist on maintaining traditional candy selections established by their predecessors such as toffee, fudge, caramels and cream centers. However, they have enjoyed creating new flavors to keep up with the changing customer base. Selection now includes truffles with raspberry, orange ginger, hazelnut and even peanut butter and jam centers. My favorite are the pecan rolls. They are scrumptious, and demand for them grows every year.

An interesting and unusual aspect of the business is that Condie's Candies maintains a seasonal work schedule. They begin in September and work through winter until May.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

Condie's Candies 1479 S. Main St. Salt Lake City, UT 84115 801-673-5108

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