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Couple prepares to continue Uncle Tom's Candy tradition

The same bark and brittles you have loved for years will be now be prepared and served by new owners.


Ryan Mueller and Rebecca Whipple bought the business from Heather and Jim Laughlin earlier this month.  The couple moved to Ellison Bay from Milwaukee late last year after becoming interested in purchasing the business despite having full-time jobs outside of the food industry. They are not strangers to Door County with Mueller’s family having roots in the area since the 1920s and Whipple having spent time waiting tables at area restaurants. Under Laughlin’s guidance, Mueller and Whipple learned the recipes that have been produced under the Uncle Tom’s moniker since Uncle Tom himself opened the candy store decades ago. Mueller says he is excited to help continue the legacy of Uncle Tom’s Candy Store for years to come.

Your favorite items will still be around, but Mueller says some new products will also be mixed in as Uncle Tom’s Candy shows that “Gratitude is Attitude” year-round while being very active in the community.


Picture courtesy of Uncle Tom's Candy and Heather Laughlin

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