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Vletas candy in Abilene a tradition for nearly 100 years
By Charles G. Anderson Sr. Special To Reporter-News
Candies by Vletas have been available in Abilene since 1912, and the family’s commitment to fine chocolate fudge, brittles, pralines, and much more makes them a favorite for Christmas or for any time of the year.
The business was started by Greek immigrants Nick and George Vletas and has a reputation for fine candies through almost 100 years of business.
Pam McCombs started working at the candy store 21 years ago and learned to make the candy the way the Vletas family had always made it.
“When they retired, I was the only one that knew how to make it, so I bought the store from George and Martha Vletas,” McCombs said. “I make the candy just the way they did.”
She said George Vletas was the son of one of the original owners who started the business in Abilene.
All candy is made at the store, and it is shipped throughout the United States.
“We make hand-dipped chocolates that are fresh and contain no preservatives,” McCombs said. “We dip fresh cranberries in white chocolate and we make fresh cranberry, cranberry pecan, pumpkin and pumpkin pecan fudges for the holiday season.”
She said they also make peanut patties and peppermint crush.
“We have sugar-free candy too,” McCombs said.
The candy is cooked in their kitchen and they have a ‘cold room’ where the chocolate is hand-dipped and packaged.
“We have not changed a single recipe,” McCombs said, but the said gift items have been added to the store.
The store takes custom orders that need to be placed as soon as possible.
“Our gift baskets range from $18 up to as much as you want to spend,” McCombs said. “We also have gift bags of chocolates starting at $6.”
McCombs said there is one simple reason for buying candy from Vletas for Christmas gifts.
“Our candy makes great gifts because what we do is local, unique, and it is very good,” she said.
Candies by Vletas
1201 N. 1st St.
Published in Abilene Reporter-News
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