Ruth Hunt makes the finest assorted chocolates and officially licensed Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls. In 1921 Ruth Tharpe Hunt began to sell the confections that her friends and family had always loved. The demand for her candy led to the opening of a small store in her home. Soon her business outgrew her home store and in 1930 she built a small factory on Main Street in Mt. Sterling, KY. <br /br> <br /br>Ruth Hunt ran the business with her daughter Emily Peck until the 1960’s, then Emily Peck ran the business until 1988 when the Kezele family and Tobby Moore took over. In 2001 Ruth Hunt Candies expanded into a new comprehensive factory complex in Mt. Sterling. <br /br> <br /br>Each confection is made with the finest ingredients such as real whipping cream and dairy butter. The rich chocolate never includes additives like wax. A hundred years of confectionary history is evident throughout the factory. From huge old marble slabs to hand-stirred spun copper kettles, the atmosphere is flavored with sights and smells of “homemade” candy. <br /br> <br /br>In 1996, the company began producing Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Balls, just as the love of Kentucky Bourbon exploded in the market place. The combination of award winning Bourbon from the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky and Ruth Hunt’s confectionery magic has created the finest Kentucky Bourbon Balls.