Magazine article Sunset

Best of the West

Magazine article Sunset

Best of the West

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Sweet craft

A Denver tradition continues

* One thing leads to another. You think up a little recipe for Honey KoKos, and before you know it, 375,000 pounds of ribbons and canes and whorls are being formed in your candy factory every year. In the process, you've embodied the old-fashioned American dream of passing your homegrown business to the next generation, and the next. You've purveyed sweet moments through the hard times of the Great Depression and World War II. And, as the largest producer of entirely handmade hard candy in the country, you've proved that a high-quality, handcrafted product can still be a good business proposition.

Carl T. Hammond Sr., the KoKos man, founded Hammond's Candies in Denver in 1920. He made the candy, sold it, and kept the books. His son, Carl T. (Tom) Hammond Jr., carried on. In the third generation, Tom's son-in-law Emery Dorsey IV stepped in as master candy maker.

The company has new owners now, and the factory a new location (its third). But a pair of hands still tints blocks of the warm confections, lays out the color patterns, and wraps them around plain white cores to create 50-pound "snakes. …

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