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Some of us had lemonade stands as children. Katherine Duncan had a caramel-making business. Established when she was just ten, Katherine’s Karamels were made of rich cream culled from the cows on her family’s Wisconsin farm and sold at her dad’s office during the holidays.

These days, the grown-up Duncan owns Katherine Anne Confections, which has been churning out a sweet supply of all-natural caramels, truffles and marshmallows since she began selling sweets at Whole Foods, City Provisions, farmers’ markets and select shops around town in 2006. Demand still peaks during the holidays, and last year loyal customers began showing up unannounced at her unmarked storefront kitchen in Logan Square hoping to stock up--but there wasn’t a shop.

Finally, fans can get their fix: Katherine Anne Confections just opened an official retail shop, and the quaint sweets parlor seats a handful of customers on antique furniture with a clear view--and incredible smells--of the kitchen. French-press coffee from Ipsento is on offer, as well as SenTEAmental Moods tea, and in addition to 20 varieties of truffles ($2.50 each), caramels (75 cents) and marshmallows (50 cents), Katherine Anne offers eight flavors of hot chocolate ($7).

Some are so rich that Duncan says you can savor them for an entire hour--perfect for toasting our autumnal weather.

Katherine Anne Confections, 2745 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-245-1630 or

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