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Crown Candy Kitchen

1401 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO - (314) 621-9650
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/29/2009 9:09:00 PM
The Crown Candy Kitchen makes its own ice cream and sauce, and still practices the venerable art of confectionery. Every holiday is cause for chocolate figurines, including Santas, turkeys, Valentine's Day hearts, and Easter bunnies.

It is possible to have lunch here – all kinds of sandwiches, including some mighty zesty chili dogs. But the reason to seek out this place is not the sandwich menu. It is the soda fountain.

Punch up a tune on the jukebox in your booth, order a mile-high "Lover's Delight" or a strawberry-pineapple-marshmallow-sauced French sundae studded with toasted cashews and chocolate sprinkles. The Crown Candy Kitchen's turtle sundae is exemplary. Silken vanilla ice cream is shrouded with hot fudge, the fudge covered with caramel sauce, and the caramel sauce mounded with buttered and toasted pecans. Everything is served in its proper soda fountain serving glass, accompanied by long-handled spoons.

The specialty of the house is the malted milk shake. They make malteds here the old-fashioned way, using malt powder, ice cold milk, their own ice cream (not too rich, not too sweet), and the full repertoire of soda fountain syrups, including cherry, pineapple, marshmallow, strawberry, and, of course, vanilla and chocolate. The malts arrive in tall silver beakers, filled nearly to the top. Drink five in thirty minutes (that's approximately one gallon) and you get them free!

The most unusual of the malted flavors is banana, for which a fresh banana is pulverized along with the ice cream and milk, dusted with nutmeg. If you want to gild this lily, ask for chocolate syrup, too. The combination of banana, chocolate, vanilla ice cream, and malt powder is like a supercharged banana split in a glass.

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The silver beaker contains at least three glasses full of a powerful chocolate malt.
"The silver beaker contains at least three glasses full of a powerful chocolate malt."
Cliff Strutz





The best part of this hot fudge sundae?  The yummy toasted pecans.
"The best part of this hot fudge sundae? The yummy toasted pecans."
Cliff Strutz


For those without a sweet tooth, Crown Candy Kitchen offers a fine roster of sandwiches, including this egg salad on toast.
"For those without a sweet tooth, Crown Candy Kitchen offers a fine roster of sandwiches, including this egg salad on toast."
Cliff Strutz


The signature sandwich here is known on the menu as the Heartstopping BLT.  Bet you can guess why!
"The signature sandwich here is known on the menu as the Heartstopping BLT. Bet you can guess why!"
Cliff Strutz


As the name suggests, lots of candy is for sale here, too.
"As the name suggests, lots of candy is for sale here, too."
Cliff Strutz


These were the ice cream flavors available 2/03/08.  From what I've seen on my visits, the flavors don't change very much.
"These were the ice cream flavors available 2/03/08. From what I've seen on my visits, the flavors don't change very much."
Cliff Strutz


Looking for an ice cream headache?  Try drinking five malts in 30 minutes.  If you pull it off, the malts are free.
"Looking for an ice cream headache? Try drinking five malts in 30 minutes. If you pull it off, the malts are free."
Cliff Strutz


In the old Montgomery-Hyde Park neighborhood, Crown Candy Kitchen is a throwback to Victorian ice cream parlors.
"In the old Montgomery-Hyde Park neighborhood, Crown Candy Kitchen is a throwback to Victorian ice cream parlors."
Michael Stern


Stepping through the front door at Crown Candy Kitchen is like going back in time.
"Stepping through the front door at Crown Candy Kitchen is like going back in time."
Cliff Strutz


Crown Candy Kitchen has been a St.Louis tradition since 1913.
"Crown Candy Kitchen has been a St.Louis tradition since 1913."
Cliff Strutz



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