In Conversation with Florence Rilett

GUELPH, ON, February 11, 2015: Florence Rilett will share memories of her parent’s beloved candy store, Goody Sweets, at the Guelph Civic Museum Sunday, February 15 at 2 pm. The store is the subject of a new Guelph Museums exhibition, How Sweet It Was: Goody Sweets Candy Store, 1934 to 1968.

The exhibition explores the colourful history of the store, and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how they made some of their most popular confections. It features artifacts from the original store, including the moulds they used to make their chocolate bunnies.

Rilett has many vivid recollections of the store. I loved working Saturdays when we made caramel crisp popcorn,” Rilett recalls. “My father would cool the popcorn on a big aluminum tray by the window. When people on the street got a whiff of the popcorn, they’d come streaming into the store. When it cooled enough, we sold five and ten cent bags.” 

At Easter, their chocolate bunnies often caused a frenzy. Customers formed huge line-ups before the store opened, eager get their hands on one before they sold out.

Rilett will give a guided tour of the exhibition starting at 2 pm and her talk will follow. Tea and refreshments will be served. The event is free with the admission.

Guelph Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk Street.


Robin Morden

Community Relations Coordinator

Guelph Museums


[email protected]

Posted by Dawn Owen on February 11, 2015