In 1904, George Clinton Swint of Milner, Georgia, married his sweetheart, Ida Mae Woodall. In 1920's, the construction of the Dixie Highway (later designated US 41) brought new traffic through the center of the Woodall and Swint Properties.This became the main route for traveling by car from Chicago to Miami and brought lots of tourist traffic. Tragedy struck in the mid 1920's when the family's entire cotton crop was destroyed by boll weevil beetles. Luck had it that the family also grew pecans. In order to save the family from financial ruin, Ida Mae began selling grocery bags full of pecans off their front porch to tourists driving by on US 41. Tourists loved it, This began the legacy of Swint's Pecans and Candies. Although the business has grown, the recipes and southern charm have stayed the same.
Swint's Pecans & Candies is famous for the finest quality fudge, pralines, divinity, milk chocolate, white chocolate, orange coconut, pecan rolls with nougat, "Sweet Dreams" (french-fried pecans dipped in white chocolate), plain pecan halves, french-fried pecans, cinnamon sugar and spice pecans, and much more!
The business has new owners, but has been in existence since 1925. Swints has been featured on CNN, Atlanta Magazine, Macon Magazine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Griffin Daily News, Barnesville Herald-Gazette, and many others.
History of Swint's Pecans & Candies
Previously owned by three generations, Swint’s is sheltered beneath the pecan trees in a bend in the road. Shadows of the past hint at its former life as a filling station, but the pumps are now gone. Only the oil stains in the concrete remain of the days when flashy automobiles with Northern license plates regularly lined up to fill their tanks with gasoline and satisfy their cravings for the smooth confections from Swint’s.
While time has changed the landscape and the traffic, it hasn’t changed the nation’s affection for the confections concocted in the back room of Swint’s.
Ida Mae Woodall Swint founded the business out of necessity over 75 years ago. Why not, she reasoned, use the pecans (that were readily available) to make mouth -watering pralines to tempt tired drivers on their long trek south.
The result has taken legendary proportions that spanned generations of the Swint family including W.K. “Ink” and Marie “Doodle” Swint to grandson Ken Grant. Swints now has a new family in the kitchen who will carry on the legacy, original recipes and southern charm that has delighted thousands of loyal consumers with their unique creations.
Portions of this history is derived from an article written by Jennifer Allen in the Griffin Daily News