Crown Candy Kitchen

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WHO:

Ashley & Michelle

WHERE:

Downtown

WHEN:

Lunch

 THE EXPERIENCE:

For our one year blog anniversary, we wanted to patronize somewhere quintessential St. Louis. So, why not here?  Step back in time, old soda  fountain style.  The original decor keeps the old-fashioned charm alive from the table side juke boxes (maybe for looks only?) and old timey pictures to the original candy counter and wall menu. Seating is very limited and the demand is extremely high, so we had to strategically plan our time to visit.  Saturdays and Sundays, the line is wrapped around the building so bring something to do and be prepared to indulge!

How old timey!

 WHAT YOU GET:

For almost 100 years, Crown Candy Kitchen has been serving up the finest chocolates, candies, milk shakes, malts, and BLT’s this side of the Mississippi. So true.  Overall, a rather small menu, but full of good options.   Service is speedy and to the point in order to keep the flow going.  If you are too impatient to wait, carry-out is for you.

So milk and shakey!

Milk Shakes (Eggnog and Chocolate)

Are you crazy enough to try THE “5 milkshakes in 30 minutes” (120 oz) challenge? By our calculations and humble research, it’s more like 15 regular milk shakes. Adam Richman of Man vs. Food could barely complete it, so we weren’t even going to try. It took 3 of us to finish 2.

Ashley’s Rating:

Fabulous – A true old-fashioned shake. One in which you can taste the frosty homemade flavor. I would’ve preferred it to be more egg-noggy. The other….chocolate perfection!

Michelle’s Rating:

Amazing! Chocolatey, creamy goodness. The eggnog version tasted like it had more vanilla than eggnog.  A sweet shake is a great compliment to the salt of lunch food.

Mound 'o Chili

Chili Dog

Ashley’s Rating:

Fabulous – Granted, this is an ugly pile of stuff, but man it was fantastic! The chili itself is perfectly spiced. The onions and the cheese took it to another level. Thank Jesus it wasn’t provel.

Michelle’s Rating:

I am giving this half ambrosial for the chili and half alright for the actual dog.  I don’t know what they put in this chili, but it has perfect consistency and you get a little kick at the end. The dog itself could have more substance….very generic.

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Beef and Cheddar Melt

Ashley’s Rating:

Forgetful – Unfortunately, this poor little guy was overshadowed by the BLT. But in its own right, it’s a very pretty sandwich, but the meat was a little tough for my taste.

Michelle’s Rating:

Alright – I was excited about this sandwich to see what else Crown Candy could dish up, but maybe the beef was having an off day.  It had potential, but just not tender enough.

A pound of bacon!

Heart Stopping BLT (that’s its actual name)

Our Rating:

Flawless and Ambrosial – We can honestly say our ever so humble opinion, that this is Crown Candy’s crowning glory!  What is really the essence of a BLT….the B!  An entire pound is fried in a candy cooker so that every square inch is perfectly crisp. This mile high sandwich competed on The Best Sandwich in America (Adam Richman has a thing for Crown Candy apparently). It didn’t win, cause, honestly it’s simply a perfected version of  a basic sandwich.  And for those of you who have an aversion to Miracle Whip, they do have real mayo. No worries.

THE CANDY:

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Heavenly Hash (jumbo marshmallows topped with pecans and covered in milk or dark chocolate)

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(Clockwise from top) Peanut butter cup, caramel pecan clusters, pecan brittle, coconut chocolate nuggets (these may or may not be correct names, so caution when ordering)

Michelle’s Rating:

Ambrosial – Something about this chocolate is just divine!  Maybe it’s the original candy creating equipment or the recipes from Greece brought back by the founding fathers. The chocolate itself is so creamy, smooth, fresh, and not too sweet. The additions (nuts, etc) are the perfect ratio as well.

Ashley’s Rating:

Flawless – I wanna say what she said, but I guess I have to use my own words. Here goes…the peanut butter cups are the best I’ve ever had in my whole entire life. No contest when compared to America’s favorite processed cup (rhymes with pieces). A week later, I sent J.J. in by himself to get chocolate gifts for the fam (big mistake since it was his virgin visit) and he literally got some of everything. He was the happiest boy on the block, or should I say he was like the proverbial “kid in a candy store.”  

Candy Counter

Meal Quotes:

“I just keep eating because I want the taste in my mouth”

“Sweet Jesus! Taste my chili dog!”

“That BLT deserves an applause”

 COME HUNGRY….LEAVE WITH POUNDS OF CANDY

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4 responses »

  1. Nice post – just wanted to point out that Old North St. Louis, where Crown Candy Kitchen is located, has been undergoing a renaissance, with 2 blocks of renovated buildings along North 14th St. just to the south of Crown and many new residents and businesses in the area.

    • Norah – we noticed that! It’s very exciting to see and makes us happy. We love to see a new heartbeat in a neighborhood that may have been fading away. I (Ashley) personally feel that there are so many wonderful buildings around this city that have great potential. I would love to see more urban REdevelopment – reduce, reuse and recycle the history and architecture we have.

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