When Austrian Julius Boehm fled from the Nazis and moved to the U.S. in the early 1940s, the Vienna native saw the green landscape and mountains of the Northwest and was reminded of the country he’d left behind. To bring even more of his homeland to the area, he opened Boehm’s Candies in the Issaquah foothills (about 30 minutes east of Seattle) in 1956, which is housed in the authentic Edelweiss Chalet among greenery, fountains, and a chapel. The amazing Boehm was a runner in the 1924 Olympics and climbed to the top of Mount Rainier at age 80, but what might be even more amazing are the 150-plus chocolate confections that come from his namesake business.
Girls behind the counter wear dirndls and serve up American favorites like caramels, English toffee, and peanut brittle alongside European specialties like Mozartkugeln, marzipan, and brandied cordial cherries. To see the candymakers in action, visit on a weekday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and peek in the viewing window; you can also take a chocolate-making class yourself at this picturesque facility, pretty enough for a postcard.
255 NE Gilman Blvd.
Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.