Last week, I was invited to a media event for the grand opening of See's Candies here in Austin. Not only did I jump at the chance to go, but I knew the perfect "plus one" to take with me...my friend Julie, who's a See's fanatic to the core.
The evening consisted of some history of See's (super interesting by the way), a Lucy and Ethel style box packing race (in fact, they got the idea for that I Love Lucy episode from See's), and LOTS of chocolate eating. They sent us home with enough chocolate to last at least until Easter!
Some cool things I learned about See's...
-See's Candies uses no added preservatives. Thumbs up!
-The company is owned by Berkshire Hathaway...which basically means Warren Buffet. Clearly, it's a stellar company.
-Once a mom and pop shop in California, See's has become a hugely national brand, and they're currently taking it eastward...hello Austin!
-Employees truly love working for See's and their retention rate is amazing...employees have been at Sees for decades! You can really see their pride in how they speak about See's!
For you locals, the new Austin Sees is located at 10710 Research Blvd. I highly recommend checking them out...and when you do, make sure to get the Scotchmallows (heaven), the Bordeaux (party in your mouth), and the Jellybird Eggs (you've never had anything like this, I promise). Sees has an enormous selection of specialty candy just for Easter...it's quite a cultural phenomenon in California, and I foresee it becoming the same for Austinites, as Sees will be a traditional go-to for holidays!