Historic Dinstuhl's Fine Candies


Dinstuhl's on North Main

Dinstuhl's has been satisfying chocolate cravings since 1902, when Charles M. Dinstuhl opened his store on North Main in Memphis.  Today, the Dinstuhl family has been making quality candies for five generations, and every piece of chocolate is still made by hand.

When Charles Martin Dinstuhl opened his first candy store in 1902, he also opened The Theatorium, next door.  It was the first Nickelodeon in Memphis and opened with a classic silent film, "The Great Train Robbery".  Now that original candy store and The Theatorium are gone, but Dinstuhl's Candies remains.


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Vintage Dinstuhl Fine Candies

Charles M. Dinstuhl, Sr.

Charles M. Dinstuhl, Jr.

Dinstuhl Fine Chocolates


 1900 Ad

This ad appeared in a 1910 Orpheum Theatre Program

Vintage Card

Rare Dinstuhl souvenir silver spoon ... Collection David French

-From the Dinstuhl website <dinstuhl.com>

"The Dinstuhl Family has been making quality candies in Memphis for five generations starting with Charles Martin, Sr. in 1902.  His son, charles Martin, Jr. joined his father in the early 1920's.  They worked together to provide Memphians with the Finest Candies until the late 1920's when Charles Martin, Sr. retired.  Edward Eugene, in his early teens, joined his father to help during WWII.  Several years later Gene received personal instruction from two prominent New York candy makers.  It was at this time he added new and exciting recipes to his grandfather's collection. 

In 1970 the fourth generation Gary Eugene, joined his father and grandfather in the business.  In the late 1970's Charles Martin, Jr. retired leaving Edward Eugene and Gary to lead the company into a tremendous time of growth".

1938 Location




Dinstuhl's Candies              

Rebecca Dinstuhl Special Event Chocolates

Rose Makes the "swirl"




"In 1983, leaving a 900 square foot facility in the Laurelwood Shopping Center, the 11,000 square foot "Candy Kitchen" on Pleasant View began operation.  With the new facility Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company has been able to increase production of candy while still maintaining the highest quality.  In the past 10 years Gene's grandson Andrew Dinstuhl has become involved in the legendary candy company to learn the fine art of candy making.  The fifth generation candymaker is currently in charge of the daily candy production". 


Rebecca Dinstuhl

Wedding Candies


Dinstuhl Gift Baskets


"In 2003 Larry and Judy Moss bought this historic company to assure that the quality and traditions will be continued for many generations to come.  Their daughter Marissa Moss joined the company and is actively involved with today's daily operations.  Rebecca Dinstuhl is at the the helm and focused on not only maintaining the quality that has made them viable for over 100 years, but also to expand the market beyond Memphis with selected items on regional and national levels".


Dinstuhl's Fine Candy            


Nuts - Chewies - Crunchies

All Creams

Dinstuhl Locations 5280 Pleasant Road   .   436 S. Grove Park   .   7730 Poplar Avenue


Since 1902, five generations of the Dinstuhl Family has been making high quality candies in Memphis.  It has also been a French Family tradition for well over 85 years.  My Dad remembers many times going to Dinstuhl’s Candy Shop for a treat following lunch at Gerber’s Department Store.  As he says it, “I was still wearing short pants”, so that had to be around 1924 when Model T Fords were still coming off the assembly line.  He told me he and his brother would approach the candy counter with a nickel in hand, choose 3 pieces of candy, and walk away with a little white sack.  When my Father began dating my Mother in 1940, another tradition began when she was given boxes of chocolates for Birthday’s, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, etc.  In fact when my older sister was born in 1949, my Dad gave my Mother 6 lbs. 1 oz. of chocolates, my sister’s birth weight.  So my Mom remembers receiving a 5 pound white satin box, a 1 pound red heart shaped box and a “little white sack.”  My Dad sends Dinstuhl’s Candy to many family members every Christmas.  We each receive a customized, hand packed, 2 to 4 pound box of selected, milk chocolate covered nuts.   Wow, that was a tasty mouthful.  So even today, when you visit their “Candy Kitchen”, it is still possible to find one of the Dinstuhl's, “Cookin up a batch!”

- Dave French (and Charles French)



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