Unique Candy Machine Restored at Golden Valley Historical Society
Volunteer Ken Huber found an old candy machine at a flea market and restored it with a Willy Wonka theme. He says the “golden ticket” theme fits Golden Valley. You can see the machine at the Golden Valley Historical Society.
A sweet taste of history
“There were many people asking what is that?” said volunteer Ken Huber, the brains behind the confectionery curiosity. “I realized that we could have some fun with this in our new museum.”
A classic movie and the city name make for a golden combination.
“Golden ticket, Golden Valley. Get it?” said Huber. “Golden Valley, Golden Valley Historical Society, and when you think of candy and candy bars, you think of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
Huber was excited when he stumbled upon the old candy machine in a flea market. It was in horrible condition and Huber spent evenings and weekends restoring the 1940s vintage coin-operated candy machine. He also added colorful LED bulbs and “golden yellow” paint.
“Of course it had to be golden, golden yellow,” said Huber.
Characters from the Willy Wonka movie are prominently displayed– Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee, Violet Beauregarde, Charlie, Willie and Grandpa Joe.
Besides a delicious treat, customers get a sweet taste of history when they pull the lever. A question about Minnesota history is part of the candy packet.
However, do not worry. You don’t have to know the answer. Unlike the movie, your odds of getting a golden ticket are pretty darn good.
“At this stage of the game, I think we just want everybody to feel happy and special,” said Huber. “Everybody is going to get a golden ticket.”
The history buff is sharing his passion one pull at a time.