Juanita’s Candy Kitchen in Arkadelphia


Photo by Z. Clift

Well, brittle fans have probably heard the news that Andrews Candy Company, a staple of Arkadelphia since 1955, is heading to Colorado. However, the good news is you can still order from them online.

 Also, Juanita’s Candy Kitchen is still in town.

Owner Gary Gaither. Photo by Z. Clift

 “My mother (Juanita) started business in 1974,” said owner Gary Gaither. “We used to be over on corner of 12th and Walnut

Street.  And then the tornado came through in 1997.  And mother owned
property over here and everything over there was pretty much destroyed. So she
decided to rebuild over here. So we’ve been here [at 47 Stephenwood Drive]
since then.”

Juanita’s is known for their peanut, pecan, and cashew brittle.

The peanut brittle (Gaither’s favorite) is the best seller of the trio but all of them have a fan base.

“We ship all over,” said Gaither. “A lot of people send to their relatives in the military. We send a lot over to Afghanistan and we  used to send a lot to Iraq.”

Juanita’s Candy Kitchen. Photo by Z. Clift

People can order the brittle or pick up a bucket from the company’s headquarters and showroom. News of the candy has spread via word of mouth and Gaither said they’ve had visitors from all over the world swing by including one time when  three
women from South Africa and a couple from Australia came by in the same week.

From the beginning, Juanita’s has always tried to make their candy really thin. “It’s probably thinner than any candy you’ll find as far as brittle goes,” he said.  “We are conscience about how the candy is made and want everything to be consistent. If someone doesn’t buy a bucket of candy but every 5 years, we want them to go ‘Yeah this is exactly how I remember it’.”

More details about Juanita’s Candy Kitchen can be found by calling 870-246-8542 or by checking out juanitascandykitchen.com. The showroom is open M-Saturday from 8:30-5.


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5 comments on “Juanita’s Candy Kitchen in Arkadelphia

    Gary, Hope y’all are doing great. Got to thinking about peanut brittle and googled y’all and here I am. Give me a call sometime. Rick

  2. maury wall says:

    did you use to come to Bell Buckle, a few years back for an arts and craft show?

  3. I lived in Arkadelphia from 1979 – 1981 and was thinking there was a Glover’s Peanut Brittle as well along with a Glover’s Catfish. Anyway…what is the story regarding all of the different Peanut Brittle companies that have come out of Arkadelphia?


  4. junelle dawson says:

    We are very interested in knowing if you ever make sugar free peanut brittle or any s/f candy. We love the brittle.

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