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Bruttles Gourmet Confections: Home of the famous soft peanut butter brittle

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Bruttles.com - "Aunt Sophia began her candy making career in 1914 at the age of 17 at the Tru Blu Biscuit and Chocolate Factory in Spokane Washington.

She and three of her sisters, including my grandmother, became chocolate dippers and packagers. She moved up the ranks and became a line leader. In 1923 she married Dick Gerkensmeyer.

She worked there until 1929 when she was the first one hired at the Davenport Hotel as a chocolate dipper.

Her hourly rate was 22¢ per hour until she became the "forelady"- a title she changed from foreman.

She continued at the hotel until the chocolate shop closed in 1940 because of the war. She worked at Matthews Candies, Riley's Candies and Cook's Candies until 1965.

She just couldn't keep her hands out of chocolate so each year made the family her famous Brandied Cherries, dipped fruit and nut clusters.

In 1951 while employed as a candy maker, a regular customer came in the shop to get her Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Brittle. She loved the flavor of Aunt Sophia's candy but said she wished it could be made soft so it wouldn't be so hard on her dentures.

Aunt Sophia went home that evening trying to figure out a way to make the brittle "soft."

After talking with her brother-in-law who was in charge of purchasing all the food used at the Davenport, he told her of the first big remodel and that there was a lobby full of marble that was brought up from the basement. He told her if she got down there right away she might be able to get a piece. She knew she needed to use marble for her chocolates and brittle so took the bus downtown and talked a workman out of a large piece of marble for $20. It weighed nearly 60#. The bus driver helped her get it off the bus and carried it into her home.

Later that week Uncle Dick took her to a mortuary where they trimmed, honed and polished her slab for candy making. After two weeks of trying different methods, she came up with her own version of "Soft" Peanut Butter Peanut Brittle. She only made this for family and friends and her church bazaar. Every Christmas my mom and I would go to Aunt Sophia's for a day or two of candy making.

We helped her make her chocolates and about 30 pounds of Soft Peanut Butter Brittle in a day. We now make 35# an hour. She asked me to promise her that I would always make her candy for family and friends that were used to receiving it at Christmas time.

She last made candy in 1996 at the age of 99. When I decided to become a candy maker myself she helped me "tweak" her recipe to almost double the size and come up with a way to cook two pots at a time. We still make each batch as she did, hand pulling the candy on the original marble slab she purchased from the Davenport Hotel."

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