The Ochiltree Family

Our Story

Welcome to the Candy Kitchen where we’ve been serving up sweet treats and creating lasting memories for generations. Walking through our doors, you step back in time to a place where old-fashioned charm of a bygone era is simply who we are!

Established in 1860, as a confectionary by Wilton Pioneer, Robert A. McIntyre and later upgraded to include a restaurant, soda fountain, and Ice Cream Parlor sometime before the turn of the century. The Candy Kitchen is a must see when traveling through the area.

Patrons will enjoy the nostalgia of a turn of the century soda fountain and may also tour our museum where admission is free. (Donations Welcome) In the Candy Kitchen’s Museum, you will find historical artifacts and materials related to the long and rich history of the Candy Kitchen, the town of Wilton, Muscatine County, and the Railroad. Also located at the Candy Kitchen is a gift store stocked with a sampling of unique gifts, antiques and hand-made soy candles from LorLen Candles, Gifts and Antiques another uniquely Wilton business.

We are honored to carry on the legacy and tradition of the Candy Kitchen as we invite you to explore and experience our sweet haven and savor the flavors of the past that continue to define us. We look forward to making your time with us memorable.

Your Hosts,
Lynn and Brenda Ochiltree

Ochiltree Family

Our Team

Lori (Maurer) Brown

Lori (Maurer) Brown

Lori has worked as Wilton’s City Clerk for 40 years, retiring in 2021. Her family has been in Wilton for seven generations and so brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Wilton. We enjoy having her as part of our team.

Calli Langley

Calli Langley

Calli works part-time at the Candy Kitchen while attending high school in Wilton.

Jacqeline Grotzky

Jacqueline Grotzky

Jacqueline works part-time at the Candy Kitchen while attending high school in Wilton.

Candy Kitchen

Amber Oien

Team Member

Natalie Hartman

Team Member

Christian Ochiltree

Team Member

Josh Fratske

Team Member