Our History

I come from a long line of chocolatiers. My grandfather, Andy Kanelos, was one of America’s original chocolate candy makers, starting Andes Candies ®  in 1921 with $1800 he received for serving in the U.S. Army during WWI. He made hand-dipped chocolates and confections and eventually opened over 160 Andes Candies ®  stores in greater Chicagoland.

I grew up with a lot of chocolate in the house. On weekends, trips to the Andes ®  ‘Kitchen’ as the family called it (where the candies are made), were regular events through three generations. The smells of chocolate – sweet vanilla, milk, and cacao - greeted us the moment the doors opened. Often, I left with a fine film of cocoa butter dusted across my cheeks.

In the 1970s, my Dad focused the company on one product line: the famous Andes Mint, eventually taking it to chocolate lovers around the world.

Despite being surrounded by luscious hand-dipped chocolates and melt in your mouth chocolate mints, the chocolatey treat closest to my heart has always been hot fudge sauce. But I could never find the exact taste I wanted... I even tried giving up on eating fudge sauce! Can you imagine?

Finally, I just couldn’t stand not to have the hot fudge sauce I dreamed of.  So, after more than a year of cooking up fudge recipes, I arrived at a handful of flavors that I absolutely love.  I’m certain you’ll love them as well!

I’m honored to continue the chocolate maker history of my family and I welcome you to join me in my love of all things chocolate and Snow Owl Confectioners’ journey.

Questions People Sometimes Ask

Q. Why did you name it Snow Owl? 
A. Snowy Owls are pure and natural and, when we’re lucky enough to see them, part of the Colorado landscape.  Plus, they remind me of sumptuous chocolatey hot fudge sauce drizzled over ice cream.

Q. Why four flavors?
A. Four!?! That was back when we started in 2017.  We've grown so much since then. We now have six - yep, count 'em - six amazing flavors.  Check them out on our SHOP page.

Q. I love your blue-eyed Snowy Owl, tell me about him.
A.  His name is Ulysses and he’s on a mission to find hot fudge lovers around the world. I’m grateful to wonderful nature photographer Judy Bingman for the amazing photo, and yes, he is the only Snowy Owl with blue eyes in history.

Q. How do you make it taste so amazing?
A. That’s what we do. So, try all our amazing hot fudge sauces and get a special jolt of happiness in every bite. Come on, I know you’re smiling.