It’s not every day that the head of the nation’s most well-known producer of bourbon walks in and asks the owners to consider using his spirits in making confections. But that’s what happened in 1967 to Pam and Don Hurt, proprietors of Old Kentucky Candies, when the Jim Beam paid an unexpected visit to their Lexington, Ky., bakery.
Don Hurt had just begun perfecting his bourbon confection when Jim Beam, “a Kentucky gentleman,” proposed using his brand exclusively in candies.
Recognizing the broad appeal of Jim Beam bourbon, Don didn’t hesitate. One certainly didn’t need a shotgun to make this marriage work. The union quickly produced results, a beautiful bourbon confection. Made with 100-proof Jim Beam bourbon that’s blended in a fondant center with chopped pecans, these liquor-laced, semi-sweet chocolates have made a name for themselves in the state populated with connoisseurs of distilled mash.