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Redman’s Candy Factory and World’s Largest Gift Shop

330 W. Pine St

Phillipsburg, MO 65632

Redmon’s Candy Factory

Candy Factory Picture from Redmon’s Website

On our last road trip, we discovered this little gem located off Interstate 44 in Missouri boasting the world’s largest gift shop and candy factory. It looked like a great place to stop and stretch for a bit so we decided to check it out.

When you walk into the Candy Factory, the first thing you see are aisles and barrels of candy. Candy is mostly sold by the ½ pound, which can get a little pricy if you aren’t careful. (My son found the taffy display and the next thing I knew, we had a ton of taffy that actually lasted us for the entire two weeks.) In the back, by the registers, is where the fudge was sold. You can buy it by the ½ pound or higher. In the same area, popcorn, taffy and other assorted sweets were also being sold by the ½ pound, in bags and individually. T-shirts and other merchandise for sale featuring the classic Route 66 Americana brand are located all around the perimeter of the store.

If you navigated all the way to the back of the store, there is a glassed-in area where candy makers are rolling out giant slabs of fudge. While I was waiting for the kids to get finished gathering candy, I took in the sights of the many people enjoying themselves shopping and looking at all the varieties of candy.

After spending about 35 minutes in the candy store, we realized we needed to get back on the road, so unfortunately we didn’t make into the gift shop. That is an experience that we are saving for the next time we head that way.

Their website is linked above. It doesn’t have a lot of information on there but it does tell how they opened the candy factory and the gift shop. If you find yourself traveling down Interstate 44 in Missouri, just follow the billboards. It’s a great stop and we highly recommend it.

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World’s Largest Ketchup (Catsup) bottle found in Collinsville, Illinois USA

World's Largest Ketchup Bottle, Collinsville, Illinois, USA
World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle

So…  Ever found yourself wondering where you could find the World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle??  Well, look no farther than Collinsville, Illinois USA.

This water tower was built in 1949 and stands 170 feet tall.  It’s an amazing example of the Roadside Americana era of the 20th Century.  History of this awesome structure can be found  on their website here.  In August of 2002, it was named to the Historic Places Register.

We decided to drive by and experience it on our recent road trip.  It was pretty neat, however I was disappointed that there wasn’t more to do.  I was hoping for a little museum or something that you could go in and buy souvenirs or even a nice picnic spot.  Unfortunately, we were able to just drive by it and take pictures.   It also may have been the time of the year that we went. If we had waited and went in July when they hold a birthday party for the bottle, that’s when the activities come out with ketchup tasting, eating contests and much more.   It was definitely worth the trip off the interstate ( about 5 miles) just to view it and it gave us some excellent conversation after the trip with our kids.

 

 

Brooks’ Ketchup is still around today.  To try some of it, Amazon has it for purchase here.  You can also buy it from the World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle site as well.