Cafés in Hanover (Part 5: Red Kite Candy)
In the ongoing exploration of Hanover's diverse café scene, I stumbled upon a hidden gem that defies the conventional definition of a café—Red Kite Candy Store. Despite not serving coffee, Red Kite has carved its place in my "Exploring Cafés in Hanover" series for its unique charm and inviting atmosphere.
Situated on 5 South St., Red Kite is discreet, unlike the cafes that usually catch your eye along Main Street. It was Professor A'Ness, my Gender Studies course instructor during freshman fall, who first recommended this candy haven, and for that, I am grateful.
Red Kite is a candy lover's dream world. The unmistakable candy cane aesthetic, with red and white stripes adorning the interior architecture, sets the stage for a delightful experience. As you step inside, you are greeted by baskets overflowing with chocolates and candies. Three tables, each with four seats, invite patrons to sit down and savor the sweet ambiance. The owner informed me that during the summer, additional seating is available outside—an invitation I'm eager to accept, ready to romanticize over my sophomore summer.
Now, let's talk about the heart and soul of Red Kite—the owner. In my recent visit to capture images for this blog (and to indulge in their irresistible ice cream because, why not?), I found myself engrossed in an hour and a half of genuine conversation with the owner. We delved into topics ranging from life to candy and the fascinating journey of how this local business evolved.
Red Kite's origin story is as sweet as their treats. It started in a kitchen near their home and gradually expanded into the charming store in Hanover, with a dedicated kitchen in Vermont. The owner generously offered to show me around the Vermont kitchen when I'm back in Hanover, a promise that has me eagerly anticipating my next visit.
Already a fan of Red Kite's fluffernutter chocolate bar—a delightful concoction of peanut butter, marshmallow, pecan, and Belgian chocolate—I decided to explore more. Their vanilla chocolate, a familiar favorite available at Dining Services locations for our late-night cravings, lived up to expectations. However, the real surprise came in the form of their maple ice cream with caramel and pecan—a delightful fusion that exceeded my taste buds' wildest dreams.
In conclusion, Red Kite Candy Store has become my go-to place for unwinding and taking a delightful break from my studies. It may not fit the traditional café mold, but its inviting atmosphere, delectable treats, and the owner's warmth make it a must-visit. In my "Exploring Cafés in Hanover" series, Red Kite Candy Store stands out as a unique and sweet addition. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking a delightful escape in the heart of Hanover.