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Abdallah 2.0

Venerable Minneapolis candy company is on a growth curve in Apple Valley

By Laurel Streed
Thu, 2017-01-19 13:45

Back in 1909, on the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, Albert Abdallah knew he had the perfect recipe. A Lebanese native and newcomer to the country, he knew he would have to create a product with the highest quality to guarantee success. Abdallah Candies preserves Albert’s ideals today by using the same wholesome ingredients, techniques, quality and hard work.

During Prohibition, Abdallah’s was a popular stop for sundaes, malts and sodas as an alternative to barrooms. Since then, the Minnesota candy company has turned over its ownership to the fourth generation. Steve Hegedus, CEO, and his wife, Karen, have taken over the family business. “I’m 51, and I’ve been doing this since I could see over candy tables. I’ve just had a passion for it,” says Steve. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

Currently with 140 employees, their company is growing quickly. “We picked up and moved our entire manufacturing facility from Burnsville to Apple Valley,” says Steve. “We joke around the office that it’s going to be Abdallah 2.0.”

Abdallah manufactures high-end confectionary products including toffees, caramels, truffles, clusters, cream nougats and even sugar-free candies. “I love our toffee, alligators [similar to turtles] and I love our truffles,” says Steve. “It’s a good old-fashioned truffle made with whipping cream, dark chocolate and butter. Nowadays people call anything a truffle, but this is the real thing.”

Steve and his company continue to live up to the original Abdallah name and quality. “We’re committed to keeping the customers that got us to where we are now.” From working with his grandpa and father, to now owning the company, Steve proves that with hard work and passion the traditional American dream is still possible.