OTTAWA — Hunt Brother’s Candy in Ottawa has been satisfying the sweet tooth of its customers since 2014, with a storefront since 2018.
Brothers Jason and Dave Hunt and their wives, Dawn and Dora, opened a storefront Nov. 24, 2018, at 110 N. Walnut St. in downtown Ottawa.
“I’ve always had a vision of owning my own business, and being from Ottawa I always like to see new businesses coming to town,” Jason said.
The business was started in 2014 by Jason Hunt. Hunt Brother’s Candy had been located on Court Street, next to the Putnam County Courthouse, for its wholesale and fundraiser business. The business worked with local hospitals and schools for fundraising efforts.
Hunt Brother’s cases were from Paul’s, a five-and-dime store that was located in downtown Ottawa.
Hunt Brother’s sells its candies in the gift shop at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s and does fundraisers with Lima Memorial and St. Rita’s.
“It wasn’t something we envisioned of opening a storefront, but thorough feedback led to where we are now,” Jason Hunt said.
The business sells a number of assorted chocolates, including flavored clusters, hand-dipped chocolates, truffles, caramel apples and chocolate pretzels. Other options are white-and-chocolate-dipped Oreos, cookie dough bites, bridge mix, chocolate-covered almonds, chocolate-dipped graham crackers, meltaways, coffee beans and chocolate-covered marshmallows. Fudge options include chocolate, peanut butter and cherry.
Sugar-free items are available that include peanut clusters, sea-salted caramels, pecan caramel patties and pretzels.
Cookie lovers can enjoy lemon, sugar, chocolate chunk, double chocolate and lemon cookies.
“Our maple clusters are probably our most popular. We make our own fillings for our clusters, and we use our own maple syrup,” Jason Hunt said.
When asked how the business has filled a need in Putnam County, Jason Hunt said everyone likes candy, and the majority of people have a sweet tooth.
“This is a hobby that turned into a small business. We link this to the beer industry, where everyone has their own vision, and this is our take on chocolate,” Jason Hunt said.
The business has partnered with Takes The Cake, an Ottawa business, since Christmas that sells decorative sugar cookies and will soon sell cupcakes.
Customers can purchase quarter-pound or half-pound gift boxes filled with chocolates that celebrate each holiday.
“I am a people person, and I like working with the customers and learning about the ideas they have,” Jason Hunt said. He said candy is nostalgic and allows customers to enjoy their favorite candy from years past.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.