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Five Generations Keep Paramus Candy Store Thriving

Linda Manzo of Rochelle Park at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy, a family business since 1929.
Linda Manzo of Rochelle Park at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy, a family business since 1929. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
The artistry of Donna Kattowski of Paramus as she works on Halloween treat at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy.
The artistry of Donna Kattowski of Paramus as she works on Halloween treat at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
A finishing touch.
A finishing touch. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Dark chocolate Halloween cats in the making at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy.
Dark chocolate Halloween cats in the making at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Linda Manzo of Rochelle Park hand dipping Graham crackers in homemade dark chocolate.
Linda Manzo of Rochelle Park hand dipping Graham crackers in homemade dark chocolate. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
An assortment of scrumptious chocolates at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy in Paramus.
An assortment of scrumptious chocolates at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy in Paramus. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Nuttoppers at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy.
Nuttoppers at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Donna Kattowski, left, wraps a chocolate assortment with a bow for a customer.
Donna Kattowski, left, wraps a chocolate assortment with a bow for a customer. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Amid the vast assortment of chocolates at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy in Paramus are some new innovations, including the Carmellow, a mix of carmel and marshmallow.
Amid the vast assortment of chocolates at Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy in Paramus are some new innovations, including the Carmellow, a mix of carmel and marshmallow. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy, made to look like a gingerbread house, is iconic in Bergen County.
Hanna Krause's Homemade Candy, made to look like a gingerbread house, is iconic in Bergen County. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash

PARAMUS, N.J. — Linda Manzo of Rochelle Park figured she’d just take a part-time job doing the books for her mother’s business – Hanna Krause’s Homemade Candy in Paramus.

That was 38 years ago.

Today, she runs the place with her sister.

They’re as busy as when Alfred and Hanna Krause, Manzo’s grandparents, opened the store in 1929.

“We’re still here because of word of mouth,” Manzo said. “It goes from generation to generation.

“People come in,” she added, “and tell us their grandma just died and she always came here and they have to get our chocolate because that’s what the family is used to.”

Hanna Krause’s always stays true to the recipes that Alfred devised all those years ago.

Back in the day, he and Hanna, who enjoyed making candy, owned a gas station in Wyandanch, New York. Anyone who bought more than five gallons got a free large homemade lollipop.

When gas was rationed, the couple closed the station but kept making the candy.

“My grandfather would go to the New York Public Library to research chocolate making while he had his gas station,” Manzo said. “All our recipes are original from him.”

Today, Hanna Krause’s features some 200 kinds of candy.

According to Manzo, every last bit of Hanna Krause candy — including carmel and creams, marzipan and peanut butter — is made from scratch. Every ingredient is natural.

Candies are still hand dipped, too. Not machine dipped.

The store’s iconic gingerbread building on Route 17 South, just south of the Garden State Plaza, also hasn’t changed. Manzo said that was her mother, Ingrid’s, idea.

Today, the only changes the family makes are the ones they need to make to comply with new rules and regulations, including labeling laws.

In the past five years, Manzo and her team have dropped a couple of flavors, such as nougat and molasses coconut, that don’t seem to appeal to people anymore.

On the other hand, they’ve also innovated new chocolates, among them carmel with sea salt; key lime cream; lemon cream; carmellow (carmel and marshallow); and peanut butter explosion, or PBX (chocolate-covered carmel, peanut butter and pretzel).

New in the world of vanilla is vanilla crisp, a chocolate-covered sugar wafer, and Krause’s own transformation of the vanilla wafer.

“We made it into a black-and-white cookie,” Manzo said.

Add a constant stream of special orders for corporate gifts, wedding favors, and birthday treats, and Manzo is working far more than full time these days.

A special joy, she said, is to have had her children - and now her granddaughter –working part time to make candies that Alfred Krause created a century ago.

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