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