As a child, my father would take me to Mortimer Candies to get a bag of fresh roasted peanuts and a snow cone. It was always a treat to look at the brightly coloured candies on display. Many years later, I took my son and his friend for a visit to the oldest candy store in The Bahamas and it was delightful to see the same reaction on their faces that I had when I was a child.
Since 1928, the Mortimer family has been making custom hard candies of various flavours, colours and themes, along with snow cones, popcorn, roasted peanuts, coconut creme, fudge and peanut brittle .
Founded by Husband and wife Ulric and Winifred Mortimer some 86 years ago — and sometimes referred to locally as “Mortimers Candy Kitchen” — four generations later this Bahamian icon is still going strong. Today Mortimer Candies is run by Cayle Mortimer, the great-grandson of the founders.
Every candy is still made in the original candy shop located on the top of a hill, on East Street in Nassau, which opened in the 1940’s. The family-run shop offer candies in 30 different flavours and colours including pineapple, strawberry and mint.
Mortimer Candies is an institution. The small storefront is always busy with patrons coming from all over the island to pick up a treat. For many, they have the same memories that I have, visiting with their parents or grandparents. And now they bring their children to create similar memories that will continue for generations to come.