Owner of Wilton Candy Kitchen dies at 95

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George Nopoulos passed away Sunday in a retirement home in Wilton, Iowa. — photo by Jason Alan Fries

George Nopoulos, long-time owner of the historic Wilton Candy Kitchen in Wilton, Iowa, died of natural causes Sunday at 95.

A fixture in Wilton (located just 30 miles east of Iowa City), Nopoulos served up old fashioned phosphate sodas, elegant ice cream dishes and rare confections for decades, having taken over the ice cream parlor for his father in the 1940s.

His shop, Wilton’s Candy Kitchen, was recently featured in LV‘s Bread & Butter dining guide as one of the top desert locations in eastern Iowa. Originally constructed in 1856, the candy shop is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nopoulos operated the sweet shop along with his wife, Thelma, until November of last year, when the two closed the location due to concerns over ice. However, the Muscatine Journal reports that the shop will reopen next month in time for RAGBRAI.


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