Dolles Candyland: A Rehoboth Legacy

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    It only takes one Google Search of “Rehoboth Beach” images, to begin seeing a reoccurring theme. You will most likely see photos of sparkling water and the beloved boardwalk; and then sitting right beside the familiar sights, you will see a shop that seems just as popular as the beach itself. You can not more appropriately associate any other shop with the east coast seaside as you can with Dolles Candyland. Large orange letters sitting on top of the building announce a landmark amongst the locals. This yummy pit-stop for beachgoers has been a steady fixture in the beach’s landscape since 1926.
    The physical location of where Dolles now sits, was purchased in 1927 after a year of operating in Rehoboth Beach. The joint owners of the store, Thomas Pachides and Rudolph Dolle, actually purchased an old YMCA building for $30,000 and converted it into their delicious depot. You can easily guess where the name “Dolles” originated from, now knowing the names of its founding fathers.
    Like any tried and true establishment, Dolles withstood many obstacles and challenges to be the candy shop it is today. Two of those difficulties were those of the Great Depression and World War 2. During these struggles, the owners worked hard to stay afloat, even purchasing sugar off of the black market during the Great Depression. Just like many American pioneers and entrepreneurs, with a whole lot of determination and hard work, they survived. Soon after this victory, Mr. Pachides ended up sole owner of Dolles, purchasing Mr. Dolle’s share.
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    Dolles remained open through much adversity, only to be completely demolished during the Great Storm of 1962. It was said that one of the only pieces remaining after the natural disaster, was a 3,500 pound long taffy machine. It is still in use to this day. Upon being rebuilt, Dolles then created its iconic orange and white candy shop sign that sits atop its building even now.
    What could have ensured such success and resilience through the years? It can be nothing else but a quality product. Since its very beginning, Dolles has used recipes created and sustained within the family business. This family run company is now operated by founding owner’s grandson, Thomas Ibach. In 1984 the elder Mr. Pachides passed away and Mr. Ibach took over, adding chocolate to the shop as well. Thomas Ibach still operates with the old fashioned recipes of his grandfather’s in making homemade fudge, salt water taffy, caramel and brittle. The ingredients never have and still do not include any preservatives.
    Today, Dolles has merged names with Ibach’s Candy by the Sea, and continues use of the original recipes of its past. The only change is that Dolles can now produce much larger quantities with a greater speed, thanks to modern technology and equipment. Handmade and hand coated chocolates now sit next to fresh taffy and more for customers to enjoy. The shop will not even ship orders in the summertime due to the heat which would damage the candies made of natural ingredients and lacking preservatives. What a fine product, indeed!
    You owe it to yourself, your friends and family, to make a trip to this rich and historical shop. Share some of the stories of Dolles with the visitors you take to this establishment and let them enjoy the tasty treats even more! Locals can certainly be proud of this Rehoboth legacy!
    If you would like to live in an area that is full of wonderful history such as Dolles Candyland, then Rehoboth is the place for you. Whether you are just looking for a second home, retirement pad or to relocate, Don Williams Realty Group can assist you in all of your needs. Give us a call today at 302.545.6859 to get started!

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