Deila Lowery or "Aunt Dee" as she was called learned the art of hand dipped candy making in the 1920's. She and her husband Garret Lowery, known to the family as "Uncle Beanie" opened their own candy shop in their home in Muncie, IN to begin our family tradition in the 1940's.
In 1964, when Aunt Dee and Uncle Beanie sold their candy business, they sold their famous recipes to Uncle Beanie's sister, Pauline (Lowery) Good and her husband John. At this time, John and Pauline's daughter Nelda (Good) Coon also learned the fine art of hand dipping chocolates from Aunt Dee. John or 'Grandfather John' raised turkeys on their farm North of Kennard, IN, and during the fall of 1965, in a converted garage, he and Pauline began selling peanut brittle and the Original Good's Candies was born.
After Pauline's death in 1971, Nelda and her husband Gerald Coon continued the business and moved it to Kennard. There they purchased and remodeled the 'Walters Furniture' building that the store still operates from today. In 1981, after Nelda's passing, their daughter, Terry Vickery maintained the family tradition by continuing the same hand dipping technique that Aunt Dee had done.
Terry and her Father continued to operate the business together for the next thirteen years until his death in 1994. Gerald was the cook, making all the delicious centers from scratch, while Terry and her crew hand dipped every piece. Gerald, a retired truck driver also enjoyed making runs to pick up supplies and thereby saving on freight expenses. He would frequently travel to Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN, and Marion, IN to pick up chocolate, various nuts, candy boxes and whatever materials were necessary. Terry used her background in banking to perfect her skills in managing the administrative side of business ownership, overseeing all elements of accounting, payroll, order processing, and inventory monitoring.
Terry's dedication to the business took it to another level. Due to her perseverance Good's Candies was no longer a hobby as it had been with her Grandparents, or a part-time job as it was with her Mother. It was her full time career and her passion in life. At the time of her death in 2007, she had been running the business for twenty-six years, and involved with it for nearly forty.
Today, Terry's son, Kevin Vickery is still honoring that same time tradition of quality, hand dipped candy making. Proud to be a fourth generation confectioner, chocolatier, and shop owner, Kevin does all of the cooking, preparing each batch of flavorful centers for dipping, just as he was taught by his Grandfather.
His wife, Kathy, is a classically trained Le Cordon Bleu Chef, and has the distinction of being the last person trained in hand dipping by her Mother-In-Law, Terry Vickery. She along with their employees, many of which have been employed at Good's for 3-4 decades, still hand dip each and every piece of Good's Candy, creating fine chocolates, the same way Aunt Dee did, eighty years ago.
Virtually every member of our family has helped keep the Good’s tradition intact. Kevin, as well as several of his cousins marks the fourth generation of involvement. Now, these fifth generation candy tasters are the Great, Great Grandchildren of John & Pauline Good. Alice and Delia are the daughters of Kevin and Kathy and are both named after family candy makers before them. The business is, as it has always been, focused on preserving our family tradition and delivering the highest quality product possible.