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Made In Chicago: Kay’s Candies

Mike and Kay Giglio. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Mike and Kay Giglio. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Kay Giglio began making candy over 50 years ago.

“I’ll be 86 December 12th.”

As a young mother, Kay Giglio began working in her kitchen.

“My husband worked nights so I had nothing to do. I had three kids – all babies – so I used to bake every night. From the baking, I thought, ‘Gee, I’d love to learn how to make candy.’ So I got a few cookbooks but, nothing worked.”

So she went to cooking school to learn how to make chocolates. The result: Kay’s Candies,now in Rosemont. Her children and grandchildren now work in the business as well. Kay’s Candies are sold through their website, kayscandies.com, through Lou Malnati’s and at kiosks at O’Hare and Midway airports. Son Mike Giglio says the candy is still his mother’s original recipe.

“No preservatives, no additives, every piece of candy is made by hand. There’s no machinery. Everything is – it’s all hand-dipped. We roast the nuts and we dip them that day and that locks in the freshness.”

At almost 86, Kay Giglio says she has no plans to retire.

“What would I do? You’d sit in a chair. I mean, really, what would you do? At least, I have this to come to, this to look forward to.”

Kay’s Candies, with 85-year-old Kay Giglio still in the kitchen. For more information on Kay’s Candies, visit kayscandies.com.