Iconic Wigan-based candy brand Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls have struck a deal to supply London’s luxury Claridge’s Hotel.
The boiled sweets, first made in the kitchen of a Victorian terraced house in Wigan in 1898, are still made to the same original recipe and are known the world over.
From now on, the sweets will be packaged in an exclusive Claridge’s box and offered to guests as a parting gift.
At the center of Mayfair in London since 1856, Claridge’s epitomizes grand English style, timeless glamor and impeccable, intuitive and highly personalized service. It is London’s art deco gem and is home to elegant rooms and suites.
During the 1920s it became an English institution; an art deco landmark, beloved by movie stars and statesmen, fashion designers and world dignitaries.
Uncle Joe’s mint balls are made by Wigan-based William Santus and Co, a privately owned traditional confectionery company.
Ownership has been passed down from generation to generation and co-managers John and Antony Winnard are great-great-grandnephews of the company’s founder.
The couple said: “We are honored and delighted to have our sweets stored in such a world famous hotel and hope this is just the start of a relationship that will see Claridge customers around the world enjoy the opportunity to enjoy Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls.”