How This Black-Owned Key West Candy Company Is Honoring The Past

The Key West, Florida that we see and hear about today, is one filled with wealthy people who move to the island after retirement. 

You may not know Key West, Florida once had a thriving Black community called Bahama Village. It was made up of Bahamian as well as Afro-Cuban descendants.

Lynne Casamayor, a native of the area, is now honoring the legacy of Black candy makers through her company, Candy Girls Key West, while also giving back to local youth.

The program provides scholarships for youth in grades 7-10. A part of Casamyor’s role includes actively seeking out students, specifically girls, from the area that look like her.

While it initially took some trial and error to find something that interested the girls, Casamayor soon learned that traditional candy making was a keeper.

Casamayor also recalls the delicious fudge her great-grandmother, Ma Vera, who was known for her delicious walnut fudge. 

To keep the tradition alive and to allow more people to experience a taste of homemade pulled peppermint, glass candy, and Ma Vera’s fudge, Casamayor officially launched Candy Girls Key West.

What makes Candy Girls Key West so significant, is that the girls from the program are right there with her making the candy. 

Casamayor also launched a scholarship program to help the girls out even more, as they move on to college.

The goal is to one day have a storefront, but for now, the candies can be shipped nationwide. Best sellers include the pulled peppermint, strawberry glass candy, and walnut fudge.

If you happen to be in Key West and want to purchase, Candy Girls Key West can typically turn your order around the same day.

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