About Kegg’s

Kegg’s Candies began humbly with the young Kegg’s brothers experimenting with chocolate candy recipes in the kitchen of their mom’s home in the spring of 1946. The boys took a serious interest in perfecting the finest tasting confections using nothing but the best ingredients available. Their goal was to create recipes that would not only stand out but stand the test of time.  Robert Kegg realized very quickly that he was destined to be a master candy maker. Having perfected the recipes to his satisfaction, Mr. Kegg set up his first candy kitchen and shop in the Rice Village later that year and a legendary Houston institution was born.

Finest Premium Handmade Confections

Kegg’s Candies quickly gained a reputation for making the finest premium handmade confectionery treats in Houston. Using fresh Texas pecans, the Kegg’s family recipe for its “signature” Pecan Crisp was soon introduced for many future generations of Houstonians to enjoy. The recipe creates a Pecan Crisp that’s not brittle-with less crunch and less sugar because of the pecan’s natural sweetness. The Kegg’s also became known for their nut melt-aways, hand cooked creams, pecan treats as well as pecan and almond nut clusters and barks. Before long, the business carried a full line of milk and dark chocolate boxed assortments, fudges, divinity, hundreds of molded chocolate shapes and the largest selection of traditional chocolates and confections in the market place.kegg's storefront

The business grew to include several Houston locations over the next few decades including the original location in the Rice Village. Needing a larger facility and with Houston’s expansion moving westward from the downtown area, Kegg’s setup a larger candy kitchen and retail store in the Meyerland  shopping center on Beechnut Street just west of the 610 Loop South. Eventually, the Rice village store was closed and the Beechnut Street location became the main and only location for Kegg’s Candies.

In the mid 1980’s Mr. Kegg retired and turned the business over to the next generation who continued the family tradition at the Beechnut location. The business was eventually sold to John Toomey, a local business man in 1994. The business continued to flourish and was purchased by Houston entrepreneur Carl A. Bartuch Jr., its current owner, in 2004.

In 2009, the business was expanded significantly. The Beechnut Street retail store location was moved into a new retail space in the existing Meyer Park shopping center location and doubled in size. The new re-designed store layout and colorful retro red and white theme allows loyal customers the convenience of shopping at their long time location in a much larger store with a wider selection of Kegg’s products.

Also in 2009, Kegg’s Candies moved into a new 11,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art customer friendly chocolate factory production facility, which also includes a colorful red and white retro themed 2,000 sq. ft. retail store. The new factory was designed and built to host factory tours with a separate tour entrance and a 90 foot long glass wall exposing a clear view of the entire chocolate making process. Additionally, the facility contains two large activities rooms for hosting birthday parties, kids chocolate camps, and adult chocolate making classes. The new facility is located on Westpark Drive between Hillcroft and Dunvale streets.

Frozen Custard and Italian Ice

In 2010, after years of research and months of recipe testing, Kegg’s introduced its newest product lines-Frozen Custard and Italian Ice at its Westpark Drive store location. These products are handmade with nothing but premium ingredients and proprietary recipes in the Kegg’s tradition and are perfect as a warm weather or all year round cold treat.  

Delighting a Whole New Generation of Houstonian’s

Today, Kegg’s Candies remains Houston’s only local “true” full-line chocolate manufacturing business making product on a daily basis for all to see using only premium ingredients, hands on production techniques and time tested proprietary traditional recipes the way Mr. Kegg himself started doing so many years ago. Kegg’s Candies is now delighting a whole new generation of Houstonian’s as their premier and exclusive source for confectionery delights for personal consumption, premium confectionery gift solutions for all of life’s memorable special occasions and unique high impact corporate and business holiday gift programs. Kegg’s retail partners in the region benefit from carrying Kegg’s products in their stores. Kegg’s mobile operations allow our customers to have their favorite Kegg’s products on site at their location for special events as any of our chocolate, confectionery or frozen custard product lines can be mobilized and made available for sale on-site at private and community events throughout the Houston area.

The future looks “sweet” for Kegg’s Candies as it continues to grow yet still embody the heritage started in the Kegg’s family kitchen back in 1946 of being “Tradition’s Finest”.