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Found In the Archives: Baur’s Candy Recipes

Candymaking at Baur's, ca. 1942
Night view of 1512 Curtis Street, between 1910-1920
Candymaking at Baur's, ca. 1942
Recipe for Egg Lemonade (*consume at your own risk!)

Classic Recipes From What Was Once A Denver Institution

One of the more unconventional items in the Western History & Genealogy Department’s archives is the recipe notebook of Sol H. Burke (1907-1974), a candymaker who was employed at Baur’s Candy Company in Denver. Included in the notebook are recipes for favorites like taffy, caramel corn, and peanut brittle as well as unusual treats including chocolate-dipped apricot, almond, and orange candies (called “Alcots”) and a drink concoction known as “Egg Lemonade.” As the notebook dates from 1942, some recipes are noted as being “war batches.” Sugar rationing during World War II not only affected household kitchens, but also limited the amount of sugar confectionaries could purchase. Recipes were tweaked with substitutions to make sugar go further.

The O. P. Baur Confectionary Company was founded by German immigrant Otto P. Baur in the early 1870s. Initially a confectionary and ice cream parlor located on Curtis Street, the company expanded into the restaurant business during the 1940s and 1950s. By the late 1960s, the company fell into financial trouble, and the original store at 1512 Curtis Street shut its doors in January 1970. Although you can no longer pop down to Baur’s for a bag of Rum Crystal Cuts (hard candies, that is), these classic recipes live on at WHG in the Baur's recipe collection (-M2076).

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Candy Boxes

Could someone at the Library

Could someone at the Library WHG photocopy that recipe manuscript and print out copies for sale to the general DPL readers? That would be wonderful.
Thank you.

Thanks for your great

Thanks for your great suggestion! This is something we will consider. In the meantime, a photocopy of the manuscript can be requested and purchased by contacting me directly at krudolph@denverlibrary.org. Manuscript materials can copied by library staff at $1.00 per page.

Another option (that's free!): the Western History & Genealogy department allows researchers to use their own cameras to photograph unrestricted documents (*please note that photographs cannot be photographed).

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