It’s not particularly unusual to hear children express their delight for candy. What youngster wouldn’t want a sweet? But to have sleepless nights about seeing candy processing equipment? Well, it takes a candy maker’s son — actually, a candy maker’s great-grandson — to match that profile.
“I remember coming to the plant with my grandfather (Glen Oletzke) and learning how to make candy,” recalls Steve Hegedus, president and ceo of Apple Valley, Minn.-based Abdallah Candies. “He’d teach me how to make candy canes and marshmallow. That’s when you can say I fell in love with candy.”