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F.A.Q.

At Cousin's Candy Shop we've taken the time to listen and jot down some of your most common questions. Please look over these questions and our answers for reference. For specific information do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Old Town San Diego

Q : 

What days are you open and what are your hours?

A :

We are closed only two days per year. Christmas and Thanksgiving. Our hours during the winter months are 10am – 6pm, Mon. through Thurs and 10am – 7pm, Fri. through Sun. Summer hours are 9am – 9pm every day.
 

Q : 

What is Huckleberry?

A :

A delicious berry grown in the NorthWestern parts of the United States and Canada…and very abundant in Montana. Tastes a bit like a cross between a blueberry and raspberry. Check out our Huckleberry page for more details.
 

Q : 

Where is the best Mexican restaurant?

A :

We have a special affinity for The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant, Barra Barra Old Town Saloon & Casa de Reyes. Old Town is famous for its Mexican food and you'd be hard pressed to find anything more delicious and authentic. As you stroll through Old Town, you'll be able to smell the delicious, irresistible aroma of fresh, made by hand, tortillas.
 

Q : 

How long has the shop been here?

A :

We began our first 10 year contract with the State of CA in 1999.
 

Virginia City

Q : 

What months are you open?

A :

The Shop opens in May, traditionally Mother's Day weekend and closes mid-September, usually determined by the weather and the number of tourists.

Q : 

How long has the Shop been here?

A :

It was opened in 1970 by the original owners, Rod and Jean Marshall. The plan was for their daughter and her cousin to run it, making money to put themselves through college….hence the name, Cousin's. Judy, the owner now, purchased it from the Marshall's in 1987.
 

Q : 

What do you do with all this candy at the end of the season?

A :

Actually, through the years we've become pretty adept at gauging just how much to order and make. Of course, inevitably there is some left and we happily donate to various local places, such as for the children in Virginia City for their annual Christmas event, local nursing homes & fund raisers for the schools. Our employees usually load up a bag or two on their departure as well….
 

Q : 

What did this building used to be and is the ceiling original?

A :

The building and it's original shelving held men's apparel at one time. It was also a grocery store, and in fact, we still have the original meat hook hanging from our ceiling…but now holding a basket of candy. And, yes, the beautiful tin ceiling is the original one.
 

Q : 

How many people live here year-round?

A :

Approximately 190 people year-round. An exciting, fun, busy place in the summer and a quiet, small, friendly community during the off-season.
 

Candy F.A.Q.

Q : 

Where do we get our candy?

A :

We have approximately 25 suppliers from all over. Through the years, we've discovered where to get the best selections of chocolate, licorices, yesteryear candies…just to name a few.
 

Q : 

What candies are made here?

A :

We make our Fudge and our Salt Water Taffy. We're just now starting to make our very own chocolate covered strawberries.
 

Q : 

Is there actually salt water in the Taffy?

A :

No. The name came about because taffy was first discovered on the Eastern Seaboard….hence, the salt water name. It originally was made as a very hard candy. The retailers quickly discovered that people were not buying enough because this hard candy would last forever. They decided a softer version would increase their sales. As a result, today we have the soft, melt in your mouth variety that we make here at Cousin's every day.

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