Hammond's Candies' history dates back to 1920, when Carl Hammond Sr., armed with the experience of apprenticing at a candy factory during high school, founded Hammond's Candy Company. He helped to develop the company's signature item, a caramel-wrapped marshmallow called the Mitchell Sweet. Today, after generations of expansion, the company stays old school by crafting candies by hand in small batches, just like old-school storks do with artisanal newborns. Hammond's populates celebrations of all kinds with a rainbow of handmade sweets such as lollipops, chocolate bars, candy canes, taffy, caramel corn, and hard and ribbon candy.
The Hammond's Candies factory opens its doors to the public for 30-minute tours that fill mouths with the free candy of the day and brains with sugarcoated science. Guests outfitted in retro-inspired factory hats stroll past steaming vats of caramel and great belts conveying candy canes in the making, catching glimpses of the action through big windows or taking a seat for more focused demonstrations. The factory also hosts parties and special events, complete with decorations, pizza, ice cream, and goody bags.
Just as the name implies, Tipsy Cupcakes rolls out cupcakes with a kick. These decadent treats blend bar and kitchen favorites, combining gourmet cake flavors such as blue velvet and yellow lemon with premium alcohols and liqueurs such as Crown Royal, Kahlua, and Bacardi. Selections include the Red Carpet, a red velvet cupcake infused with vodka. Other offerings include Tipsy Cupcakes’ twists on beloved cocktails such as the margarita, daiquiri, and mojito. They are also rolling out infused bite-sized cake truffles through their new dessert line Crufflicious. Tipsy Cupcakes has gluten-free options available by request, and the staff can make virgin versions of each cupcake. Otherwise, customers must be 21 or older or have really convincing mustaches and British accents to partake in the tasty treats.
For 30 years, Cakes by Karen has graced gatherings with handmade cupcakes, tortes, and cakes culled from a tasty arsenal of flavors, fillings, and icings. The colorful, creative desserts pair with a variety of occasions, from multitiered wedding cakes decked out with elegant floral designs and smooth icing to fondant-capped tortes in the shape of powdered wigs for Presidents' Day. In addition to baking eye-catching treats, Cakes by Karen furnishes partiers and newlyweds with limousine packages replete with champagne, deluxe stereo systems, and luxurious stretch-limo transportation.
Charlie's Ice Cream Social hearkens back to a bygone era, when entire families would gather around the radio with their frozen treats and when the Rocky Mountains were still freshly planted pebbles. The aesthetic of 1940s America pervades the throwback parlor: inside, black-and-white portraits hang above red stools and countertops, and outside, a chalkboard colorfully broadcasts daily specials and staff picks. Visitors seeking sweet reprieve step up to a sprawling white menu, where they'll devise their own glacial creations with many flavors of syrups and ice cream that serve as the landing pad for more than 40 different toppings. Custom Twister shakes swirl together ice cream, candies, and cookies into pucker-inducing potions.