The Original Velati’s sugary caramels (more like fudge) along with chewy caramels are still being hand-crafted in Maidens, VA!
Those who remember the candy from shopping trips in downtown Washington in the 50′s and 60′s will enjoy visiting Maidens to “taste a piece of the past.” Visitors interested in travel and history will enjoy tasting this unique European style candy.
If you miss the turn onto Maiden’s Loop (as we did), you will soon come upon the Cafe at Maidens. The friendly folks there welcomed us and told us how to get to the candy factory. While you are there, you might want to sample their excellent sandwiches or box lunches.
The caramel company started in Richmond, Virginia, prior to the Civil War. later the company moved to 690 9th Street, N.W., in Washington, DC. The store was located there for over 116 years and became a Washington tradition.