Cero's Candies

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Before there was Hershey’s chocolate, there was Cero’s Candies. The candy shop is celebrating 130 years on Friday of being a sweet tradition in Wichita.

In 1885, “Candy Pete” Cero began making his popular handmade candies in Wichita, and four generations of the Cero family carried on his tradition. Five years ago, new owners took over, sharing their candy-making skills with Cero's traditional recipes.

"Caramel. Without a doubt, caramel --anything that has caramel in it," co-owner Pam Bishop says. "We got about six different things that we do with caramel in it."

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Cero's Candies has moved to a new location at 3429 E. Douglas.

Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony began with a proclamation read by Mayor Carl Brewer that explained the history of Cero's Candies and its ties to Wichita. He then declared August 2013 Cero's Candies Month and encouraged the dozens of people in attendance to support local businesses like Cero's.

After a few words, everybody rushed inside to get a new look at the place.

"I didn't expect this many people to show up," said Pam Bishop, co-owner.