“Little girl, you’d better learn how to make this candy. It may help you make a living someday.” This prophetic advice was given to Annora Coleman Boden when she worked in a candy factory in Wales. Widowed early in life, Annora made candy in Brigham city to sustain herself and her 11 children during the early days of Utah pioneer settlements.
Now, the nostaglic candy stick is made by her great-great grandson (5th generation) in Hyrum, Utah and still sold in Brigham City. Classic flavors like peppermint, clover, licorice, wintergreen or lemon promise to transport the taster to a time of Utah’s simplest beginnings.
Can Be Found Here:
- Call Gary for Direct Orders
- Idle Isle Candy: 41 S Main St, Brigham City
- Hyrum, Utah 84319
Gary Dunn is the great-great grandson of Annora Coleman, who learned the candy trade in the 1800s.
Annora Coleman Boden emmigrated with her husband from Wales to Utah in 1868 as part of the regilious migration with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Tragically her husband James Boden died the day after they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley.
In efforts to sustain herself, Annora opened a boarding house in Brigham City, made and sold her candy, as well as served as the resident nurse of the neighborhood. She passed away in 1899 – and her candy duties were passed on to her daughters, grandaughters and eventually to the current candy maker, Gary.