Our History and Timeline

1947 – Don and Katy Kilwin open their bakery and candy shop in Petoskey, MI

1971 – Don & Katy sell their Bakery and focus on their love of chocolates and confections

1978 – Don and Katy sell their business to Wayne and Lorene Rose, who start expanding into new stores

1979 – Don and Robin McCarty enter the business

1982 – Kilwins begins to franchise stores

1985 - Kilwins introduces their proprietary "Original Recipe" Ice Cream

1995 – Don & Robin McCarty purchase Kilwins from the Rose’s and continue Kilwins long tradition of high quality products and serving our customers

2005 – Kilwins establishes a 2nd distribution center in Florida to support our Southern stores

2010 - Kilwins opens new manufacturing and flagship retail store in Petoskey, MI

2016 - Kilwins opens 100th store!

2017 – Kilwins celebrates its 70th anniversary!

October 1, 2017 - Kilwins opens its most recent store in New Orleans, LA

Today Kilwins high quality premium hand-crafted Chocolates, Confections, and our Original Recipe Ice Cream are enjoyed by many and served by caring franchisees passionate about the Kilwins Brand


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