Behind the Scenes at One of America's Oldest Chocolate Makers
In the latest installment of 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck', we met the family that's been making candy since the 1800s.
Nick Loucas, the owner and chocolatier of Lucas Candies, is creating some of the most delicious chocolate that has been in the family since 1896 when the New York business opened.
He said the famous chocolate has been made the same way, with the same techniques and recipes, which have been passed down from generation to generation.
"It's hand crafted and made with a lot of pride," Nick explained. "No other company does it, because it's very labor intensive."
When the business first opened in Haverstraw, NY, the town was booming, because it was the brick-making capital of the world. None of those brick-making businesses remain, but Lucas Candies is still there, in the same building.
"I have a lot of great memories growing up down here," he said. "My father and I would spend hours decorating [Easter] bunnies."
Nick is now passing down the family tradition to his 15-year-old son, with the hopes of having him take over the small business one day.
Hear more about Nick’s story in the clip above.
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