My favorite Christmas candy is the mighty, magnificent, mouth watering Modjeska. Preferably those made by Muth's Candy at 630 East Market St. The Modjeska is a simple candy, a fluffy white marshmallow wrapped in tender, buttery caramel and folded up into wax paper. It doesn't sound like much; but you can keep your sugared pecan divinity, your toffee-crunch popcorn peanut brittle, and your praline bacon truffles (actually, send all those to me!) but I promise, this little bite of soft, sensual candy is the best you could have this Christmas season. I am for the Modjeska!
The Modjeska is named after Helena Modjeska, a Polish actress who so impressed Anton Busath, a French candy maker who immigrated to Louisville, that he named the confection after in her honor. After Busath's store was destroyed by a fire in 1947, his son gave the recipe for the candy to Muth's. Muth's has been in operation in Louisville since 1921, and after tasting their candies I can see why they have lasted for so long. There is nothing like home made, small batch candy made without the slurry of chemicals I am sure goes into every vat of commercially made candy. Good, simple, locally made candy like the Modjeska!
If you're too busy to get to Muth's before Christmas you can always get your Modjeska fix at their website. Now if you'll excuse me, I bought my inlaws about a pound of them for Christmas and I'm going to go tear into the bag and eat a few of them. They'll never notice.
Photo Courtesy of Muth's Website