Laura's Candies has been a favorite sweet treat spot in Estes Park since 1970 when Erwin Little opened it and named it after his wife. In 1982, the Holcomb family purchased the shop and in 2015, three generations of the Holcomb family expanded once again.
Earlier this spring, Ben Holcomb came to 4th Grade Teacher, Lauren Stepaniak, wanting to collaborate with the fourth grade students and his shop. The project proposed was to have the students create and name a new ice cream flavor. All fourth grade classes (four total) participated in the experiment, and they started brainstorming about flavor combinations that were delicious and unique.
The students each wrote a letter to Ben Holcomb proposing their ice cream flavor, and after reviewing them all, he chose two flavors from each class to bring to life for a taste test.
The shop made the 8 new flavors and hosted a tasting where the classes invited the school and community to come and sample them and vote for their favorite. The winner of the taste test was "Campfire S'mores" by Georgie Baker.
Ben and Laura's Fine Candies donated about 50% of the proceeds made from that night, back to the 4th grade/Elementary School. In addition, the winning ice cream flavor will be featured all summer long for guests and community members to enjoy.