When Lammes Candies started operating in Austin 130 years ago, the Texas State Capitol wasn’t even built.
When the founder of the company, William Wirt Lamme was born, Stephen F. Austin – the so-called father of Texas – was still alive.
Generations later, Lamme’s great-great-grandson Bryan Teich co-owns the candy company, along with his sisters.
“We are going to show you a little secret,” he tells me on a tour of the factory.
Make that three little secrets. First: Teich says to use as much chocolate on your products as possible. Chances are, your company could make it to 130 years too.
“The melter here has 1,200 pounds of chocolate. You got the caramel at the bottom so now it’s going through a curtain of chocolate and this little rod spinning around takes off the excess chocolate – if that wasn’t spinning you would have a long tail coming off each piece,” Teich says.