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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Thursday, March 1, 2012 12:54 PM

Mootz Candies had been in business in the Pennsylvania coal country town of Pottsville for 91 years when they shut their doors in July of 2010.  They claim (as do other nearby businesses) that construction work on the nearby Union Station caused damage to their building, forcing them to close.

On January 11 of this year, the family that owns Mootz filed a $2.75 million lawsuit against three contractors who worked on the Union Station project.  The lawyer representing the family indicates that they may reopen Mootz Candies if the suit is successful.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to see the return of Mootz coal candy and peanut rolls?


I remember having them when I was a kid ...
Posted by Keystonematt on Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 3:18 PM

What does coal candy taste like? I've never had it before. Is it like rock candy (= large sugar crystals)?
Posted by ayersian on Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 6:23 PM

It's rough-hewn chunks of hard candy. The flavor varies with the maker: we've had licorice, cinnamon, and cherry.
Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 6:38 PM

That's interesting. I thought it was all licorice.
Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, Mar 2, 2012 12:04 PM

Mootz's was licorice. I know Hammond makes it in cinnamon. The first one I ever tasted was cherry but I don't remember who made it. I think Sue picked it up during a PA coal mine tour.
Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Friday, Mar 2, 2012 12:20 PM

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