News and Updates

6/14/2015: George Nopoulos, former longtime owner of the Wilton Candy Kitchen with his wife Thelma Nopoulos, passed away at the age of 95. George was famous for his homemade ice cream and his charm. He worked at the family soda fountain with his father from the age of six onward. Obituary can be read here.

May 2012: The Wilton Candy Kitchen recieved first billing in a article written by Kiri Tannenbaum named Sweet Spots: America’s Favorite Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Shops. The article listed 13 soda fountains still in operation. The article appeared on and can be read here: Article

October, 2011: Yoga Stars Sadie Nardini and Ava Taylor Visit Taking a break from the 2011 Iowa City Yoga Festival, yoga stars Sadie Nardini and Ava Taylor took a road trip to visit the Wilton countryside and stop at the Wilton Candy Kitchen. Photos

7/30/11: RAGBRAI 2011 For several hours on the morning of July 30th, hundreds of bicycle riders from all over the state of Iowa, the United States, and around the world participating in RAGBRAI 2011 lined up outside the Wilton Candy Kitchen to tour the historic location and try some of George's famous homemade ice cream during their ride through Wilton. Riders could purchase shirts and got to take home a free keychain and a complimentary copy of the local newspaper. A Ribbon-Cutting ceremony was held and riders were also greeted with open arms by many other vendors and forms of entertainment throughout the whole downtown of Wilton before leaving to head towards Durant and to the finish line in the Quad Cities. Photos courtesy of Lynn Ochiltree.

7/16/11: RAGBRAI Sign Presented. Several upcoming RAGBRAI Riders from the Quad Cities Bicycle Club cruised through Wilton again on the 16th to present George and Thelma Nopoulos with signed RAGBRAI sign to match the existing one hanging in the Candy Kitchen from the annual bike ride's last trip through Wilton in 1982. The sign was signed by RAGRAI officials, and photos can be seen here.

7/9/11: Reverse RAGBAI Riders Cruise Through Wilton - In the midmorning hours of Saturday, July 9th, around 300 participants in the Scheel's sponsored Reverse RAGBRAI practice run from Davenport, Iowa, to Coralville, Iowa, cruised through the streets of Wilton, packing the Candy Kitchen as they stopped for a treat at the soda fountain. Photos.

7/9/11: Big River Riders Drive Down for Drink - Five members of the Big River Riders motorcycle group from the Quad Cities drove down on their motorcyces on Saturday, July 9th to visit the Candy Kitchen. Parking their rides out front, they created an interesting contrast with the Reverse RAGBRAI riders also visiting. Photos.

6/10/11: Iowa US Route 6 Classic Car Tour Stops By - Classic car enthuiasts galore packed the Wilton Candy Kitchen on June 10th as part of a classic car tour across the state of Iowa along historic Route 6 as part of a film. Photos.

6/8/11: Governor Terry Branstad Visits - The Wilton Candy Kitchen in Wilton, Iowa, was graced with the presence of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for an hour on Wednesday, June 8th as he stopped to hold one of his public meetings along his 43-city "Working Together for a Better Future" tour. After speaking to the crowd and taking questions, he was presented with an elephant statue by Thelma Nopoulos and stayed to enjoy an ice cream sunday. He also posed in a soda jerk apron and hat with Thelma Nopoulos to recreate a photograph taken of a visit that took place during his last term in office, and later signed the original photo. Photos can be found on Facebook by visiting here: Photos.

July 2011: RAGBRAI 2011 Coming To Wilton, Iowa - RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, will be coming through Wilton beginning at 7 am on Saturday, July 30th. Entertainment and food will be availiable, and as always, you're welcome to stop in at the Candy Kitchen. This is the second time RAGBRAI has stopped in Wilton. The last time Wilton was on the route was back in 1982. You can learn more about RAGBRAI by visiting it's website here.

2010: Candy Kitchen Celebrates 150 Years in Business - In 2010, the Wilton Candy Kitchen celebrated 150 years in business from 1860-2010, and 100 years in the Nopoulos family since 1910. Throughout the year, a celebration was held and the city council presented a plaque to the building. Several local newspapers also ran stories on the Candy Kitchen's 150 year run, including: