Review

Barbara Blazek
Barbara Blazek
Vivid Memories!

I searched the web for Merrie Mints, the childhood favorite of a friend, and was directed to The Parrot. You have made her memories even more vivid!

Gretchen Olheiser
Gretchen Olheiser
A Poem for The Parrot

I was born in Helena, just like my Father. My mother was the "foreigner" who was born in Townsend, but both my parents have fond memories of The Parrot. When I was eight years old I was allowed to walk Downtown by myself. I must have been a pest to The Parrot. I was permitted to watch Emma dip chocolates. She explained the meaning of the curlicues with which she adorned each piece of candy. Her arms were covered with chocolate up past her wrists. I admitted I wanted to be a chocolate dipper just like her, but she cautioned me that after spending her days in chocolate she no longer liked to eat it. I could not image such a fate and chose to be a partaker, rather then a chocolate artist. >>> For my eleventh birthday in 1947 Postie gave me a knick-knack of a wooden man with a pipe leading a wooden horse. I have it and treasure it still. The Parrot anchored my high school years because that was were friends met after school each afternoon. Sadly, we slowly grew up though and got jobs and even moved away. I wrote the following poem after hearing the news of the sale of The Parrot. "Meet me at the Parrot!" These words echo up and down Last Chance Gulch; drift on memory's wings colored by nostalgia. Nine decades of greeting, the tradition of friends, the connection of generations. Juke box music, shifts with time- The Charleston, Mel torme, Como and Cole, The Rolling Stones. Listeners chat and sip sodas, cherry cokes, Mexican limes. Ice cream sundaes and hand-dipped chocolates tempt even the strongest resolve. "Meet me at the Parrot!" The sweet heart of Helena.

Linda Treadwell
Linda Treadwell
Strange Love

I am 64 and I remember going to The Parrot with my family. What sticks in my mind is being about six years old, or younger, and methodically picking off the Black Jack gum from UNDER the table. I know, it kind of makes you sick to think about it, but that is the truth. I told my kids that story and every time they see a pack of Black Jack gum (which you do not see very often) they send it to me. However, nothing tastes as wonderful as the red mints!!! My family knows I love them and have sent them to me in Guam, Hawaii, Bermuda, Washington, and Idaho. Do not change the red mints!!!!!

Bea Steen
Bea Steen
Traveling Candy

I moved to Helena in 1981 and found the Parrot to become my one stop gift store. The awesome selection of Parrot candy has been taken in the car, on the plane, and even on the Amtrak. I take it with me when I visit, or send to friends and relatives as far away as North Carolina, Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and even Canada. However, my Uncle Wesser and my Godmother Auntie Lou in Minnesota have received more than most. They so look forward to getting that familiar shaped mailing box. They know what the treat is going to be, from the Assorted and General Assortment to the Nuts and Chews -- wow, and the Old Fashioned Fudge (brown sugar and chocolate) they are all so delectable, scrumptious and all the other delicious adjectives one could possible use to describe the Parrot Confectionery, who "talks for itself." As for me, besides the candy and nuts it is the wonderful chili, and my favorite, the pineapple ice cream soda that takes me back to the soda fountain in the drug store near my high school in Alexandria, Minnesota. When my family and guests come to town, it's the trip down to the Parrot that they remember the most fondly.

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Family Tradition

I do not have a personal story to relate other than my fondness for the Parrot candies, particularly in boxes opened at our reception area as I walk into the office during the holiday season. However, my children are always anxious to make a trip in for lunch when they are home from college; as are my parents when they visit from Philadelphia.

Robert Shultz
Robert Shultz
Cleaning the Parrot

I've been enjoying the Parrot confectionery store since 1990. I used to clean the store at night for Servicemaster contract services. I still frequently stop in for candy and one pound boxes of candy to send to my relatives down South, in winter of course. We all love the taste of Parrot candy -as all probably do!

Judy Reynoso
Judy Reynoso
From the 50's to today

I am 67 and my mother used to tell me she hung out at the Parrot when she was young. Grew up in Helena and the Parrot was the teen hang-out in the 50's. On Saturdays you could hardly get in the place! The candy was unbelievable. What I loved the most were the Mexican Lime Drinks. I've been all over (for years) the U.S. and Helena's Parrot was the only place that served Mexican Limes, and no place else had ever heard of it. At Christmas my Relatives still send me a box of Parrot candy, and it brings back so many memories of my youth. Hope you folks will continue the tradition of a Helena landmark! And for heaven's sake please don't upgrade the interior! Good luck and best wishes.

Bea Steen
Bea Steen
Traveling Candy

I moved to Helena in 1981 and found the Parrot to become my one stop gift store. The awesome selection of Parrot candy has been taken in the car, on the plane, and even on the Amtrak. I take it with me when I visit, or send to friends and relatives as far away as North Carolina, Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and even Canada. However, my Uncle Wesser and my Godmother Auntie Lou in Minnesota have received more than most. They so look forward to getting that familiar shaped mailing box. They know what the treat is going to be, from the Assorted and General Assortment to the Nuts and Chews -- wow, and the Old Fashioned Fudge (brown sugar and chocolate) they are all so delectable, scrumptious and all the other delicious adjectives one could possible use to describe the Parrot Confectionery, who "talks for itself." As for me, besides the candy and nuts it is the wonderful chili, and my favorite, the pineapple ice cream soda that takes me back to the soda fountain in the drug store near my high school in Alexandria, Minnesota. When my family and guests come to town, it's the trip down to the Parrot that they remember the most fondly.

Gerry Wilson
Gerry Wilson
A Trip Down Memory Lane

The Parrot was a very important part of growing up in Helena. First my mother would take us for a lunch of Chili and Mexican Limes; when we were junior high age we could walk down and spend our allowances. In High School it became the "hang-out place." With my children - who are now 40 and 50 years of age - I continued the tradition of lunches of Chili and Mexican Limes and treats of candy. Now whenever we visit Helena we always revisit The Parrot, and sometimes on special occasions we will send candy to each other. Thanks for allowing me this trip down memory lane!

Kay Seeman
Kay Seeman
I Love Your Store!

I love your store! My brother Brad Calver took me to the Parrot on my first visit. I so enjoyed it. We now stop in every time we are in Helena. Your candy is wonderful, the smells are fantastic, and the staff is so friendly and helpful. Brad and I were able to watch Easter candy being made. We are going to be customers for life!

Ron Weiss
Ron Weiss
A Bit Envious

I have been going to the Parrot since the late 40's. It was the place we got great Christmas candy from grandparents or friends. Then in high school beginning in 1952 I worked at Thistlewait shoe store directly across the street from the Parrot. I was a bit envious of other high school friends who went there after school for music and Cherry Coke, Green Rivers, and the like. Mr. Thistlewait would send me over on occasion for a soda or coffee for the clerks and myself. The music was going and friends were talking or even dancing a little. The big past time was blowing the straw coverings at the ceiling. They stuck if they had been dipped into a milk shake first! I moved to Spokane in 2002. Every time we come home we have to stop in for candy, and on occasion for chili. I hope the chili recipe never changes as it has been the same for what? Eighty years or so. Plus the vinegar seasoning!

Bonnie Jenkins
Bonnie Jenkins
Montana Native

I was born in Helena, but moved to California when I was young. I do not often get to Helena, but when I do I ALWAYS visit the Parrot. I hope the memories and traditions are kept alive!

Edith Miller
Edith Miller
Pleasant Memories

My sisters and my friends would walk to the Parrot for lunch occasionally, and to listen to music. It was a bit of a walk - from Helena High School (where the Middle School is located now). We did not spend much time at the Parrot as we had to take the bus home and help with the chores. >>>> The Parrot has changed very little - same look with the elephants, birds and pictures, booths, AND the candy counter. I am 75 years old now and still like to go down a couple times a year for some chili and a hot caramel sundae. A little before every holiday, my husband would go down and buy his 'girls' a box of candy. Very pleasant memories, and I hope the 'pleasant memories' will continue for the next few generations!

Mark Burnham
Mark Burnham
A Bit of Love

Love the service! Love the chocolate! Love being able to share a little bit of Helena with out family and friends!

Maryah Furlong
Maryah Furlong
A Burnt Friend

I am twelve and a half. The candy is FANTASTIC! I absolutely love it. I was at the Parrot with my friend Bridget, and I burnt someone while we were there. Now she is my best friend at school!

Ralph Badger
Ralph Badger
A Greeting to Relatives All Over

The Parrot has been a part of our life since we moved to Helena in 1982. We have chosen the Parrot as our greeting to family and friends throughout the country. They all return thanks for the wonderful chocolate! The highlight of our experience with the Parrot though, is bringing my grandchildren to the Parrot when they come to visit. Getting a shake or sundae is a highlight of their visit.

Laura Orr
Laura Orr
Same as I Remember

I grew up in Helena and never remember not going by the Parrot. After school all the kids congregated at the Parrot for cokes, Mexican limes, or a sundae in the late 1940's. Later, chili and tamales were great lunch items when I worked at the bank. I had not been in Helena in sixteen years, but this summer I took my granddaughter there to the Parrot. We bought candy and it was great as always so I ordered it for Christmas!

Marvin Gibbons
Marvin Gibbons
Marvin Gibbons

My family came to Helena in 1975 from Ohio because of my job transfer. We have been a devoted customer at the Parrot since that time, and will continue to be. We wish the new owners the best, and will miss the Duensings.

Plummer – Nelson
Plummer – Nelson
Some Things Never Change

Oh the good old days in Helena! I lived in Helena from fourth grade through high school. I went to both Cathedral High and Helena High, graduating in 1967. We used to come to the Parrot for a cup of chili, cherry Coke and visit with our friends. We liked the middle booths so we could talk to people on both sides. I have been away from Helena since the summer of '67. Have been back twice before now - 20 years ago and again about 10 or 12 years ago. Went in for a cup of chili and cherry Coke 20 years ago. Looked the same then, and still looks the same! It is such a thrill to be sitting in here today eating chili and drinking a cherry Coke while remembering the fun in here as an eighthgrader through high schooler. Such fond memories!! Thanks for making my trip so special!

Bill Kearns
Bill Kearns
For Over 60 Years

I have been coming to the Parrot for over sixty years. The atmosphere, the candy display, and food is the best. Keep up the good work.

Jo Glass
Jo Glass
Five Pounds of Birthday Chocolate

I am 70 years old and have had access to the parrot since I was 6 years of age. My Daddy, until his death, always gave me a five pound box of Parrot candies for my birthday. Best gift I could have got. He gave me one on the two occasionsI had a baby born as well. Myself, I have used the Parrot since 12 years of age. Both in personal use of your marvelous chili, as well as given the chocolate to friends. Since Gina, my daughters first child, was born I have given her, her husband and both my grandsons the chocolate Easter eggs with their names on them each Easter from the Easter bunny. I always gave my own children the same each Easter. An old time employee, Aggie, used to always make my special drink which was a chocolate root beer orange. When I come home I still come to the Parrot for that drink and the awesome chili!

Molly Galusha
Molly Galusha
Right of Passage

My Grandmother, Buttercup Shumate first took me to register for candy when I was six years old. It was a right of passage. We updated it every few years as tastes changed. For 30 years the last card we had filled out was from my junior high years. The penmanship was a dead give away. Dusty's wife indulged me and I reclaimed my sisters cards and filled out a new one for me.R egistering for candy is the lifetime luxury. So very civilized. Thanks for creating this website.

Minnie Francis
Minnie Francis
A Box of Parrot Candy

I found that the Parrot was a favorite place to have lunch and buy the candy you make. This goes back into the fifties when the Western Life Insurance people would walk up to have lunch and the person who won the poker numbers on their pay check had to buy a box of Parrot Candy for the other employees. Years later my youngest son went to school in Illinois, and he now lives in Chicago, his favorite thing from Montana is a box of Parrot Candy for his birthday. Please keep the Parrot as it is and hopefully your chili is still as good as it was.

C.M. Smith
C.M. Smith
Keeping Tradition Alive!!

I have so many fond memories of time spent at the parrot going way back to grade school and high school days; we would often congregate there after school and on weekends. Many initials still remain on the tables. I never return to Montana without going to the parrot. The caramel syrup is my favorite, along with the cherry cokes and chili. My family in Montana gave me a print of the parrot for my 60th birthday, it hangs in my kitchen.

Elizbeth Scholz
Elizbeth Scholz
Continuing Tradition

Besides the obvious- the incredible candy that brings memories of pride and care and joy for the good things. I always say if you are going to get fat eating candy, eat the best and you will not regret it, you will enjoy it!!!! Every year at Christmas time I send a 2 pound box of chocolates to my workroom in Missoula-its a tradition that after 15 years I'm not about to break!

M Perkowski
M Perkowski
Twenty Five Years of Tradition

For almost 25 years I have traveled to Helena for business and never failed to visit the Parrot. For years I would send a box of their chocolates to my children for Halloween or when they were in college for a surprise treat. Every year for the last nine I have sent a three pound box to the people who work in the office as a way to say thanks for their help during the year. Anyone I have given a parrot treat to has thought it was the best chocolates they'd ever had!

Delores VanGerpen
Delores VanGerpen
Traditions from 1970

Our Family 'discovered' the parrot shortly after moving here in 1970. Our favorite chocolates are the parrots and the caramels. Our oldest son took his new wife and introduced her to his favorite-caramel sundae with cashews. Five years later our granddaughter got the Parrot experience. They live out of state, when they visit they always go to the Parrot! Our second son found the 'Irish Potatoes" on his own in middle school- when he left for Boston for college he 'reminded' us march always means Irish Potatoes. We have sent him some for 26 years never missed a year- he still lives out of state!! please keep the parrot going and as much as you can keep it the same Thanks!!

Pamela Emard
Pamela Emard
Sweet Traditions

We moved to Montana from California in 2005. My husband is retired but I was unable to find gainful employment in our town of Great Falls, so Iadvertised and found work in Helena. What a warm and welcome surprise to find the Parrot, everyone all over Montana was speaking so highly of it. I wandered in to the candy shop and found the marzipan and "St Patrick's Day" potatoes and I knew Montan had become my home. It was the Parrot that finally spoke to me! I am so pleased you folks are keeping the store alive! I mailed those spuds to my elderly parents in northern California and The Parrot has been a tradition ever since.

Jean Chapman
Jean Chapman
For Years and Years to Come

It was many years ago that I tasted your candy for the first time. Our family moved out to Spokane in the early 80's due to a job transfer for my husband. He had a large territory to cover and one of the places he frequented was Helena. Each time he arrived home he had a box of almond butter toffee. We thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband is now deceased. Last year I made a gift to my three children of your candy. They were absolutely thrilled. I hope to order from you again in the very near future.

Ellen Swift
Ellen Swift
Love of Chocolates

My family of five children and several grandchildren all dearly love your chocolates and roasted nuts. I have been enjoying your treats since 1978 when my daughter moved to Helena to marry and to work. I usually send your treats to my family every Christmas. This year I also sent out your treats in June for a mid summer treat. Your chocolates and all your nuts are absolutely perfect and delicious!!

Gary Darlow
Gary Darlow
A Family's Love of Chocolate

I grew up in Helena, and I remember cleaning the snow off the sidewalk at the Parrot once or twice. As a kid, I was amazed at the variety of candies. I started buying the chocolate for my mom for the holidays. She grew up in Helena also, and said her and her friends would stop in at the Parrot after school for a soda. Occasionally I will buy these candies for my customers and have always had positive responses to it. It is a very nice place to visit, and my girls will always visit when they are in town.

Kally Porrini
Kally Porrini
Family Inspired

Stories of the Parrot began with my dad, John Fay. He often told us of a neighbor (and a friend of the owners) who would gather the neighborhood kids, escort them to the Parrot and serve them all ice cream from behind the counter. My mom, Ann Fay, told stories of meeting high school friends at the Parrot for sodas and socializing. I remember sitting in a booth with my grandmother, Gertrude Fay, trying not to slurp too loudly as I finished my milkshake. >> Growing up, there was no treat as special as candy from the Parrot. My brother, sisters and I had the shapes and wrapping style of candy boxes memorized from a young age. Without opening them, we knew what delicacies they held. My teenage friends and I would often walk to the Parrot after school to enjoy a Mexican lime soda and a bowl of chili. >>Now I use gifts of Parrot candy to stir these memories among my family or to impress friends with high quality--and delicious--candy. No wedding in our family is complete without the Parrot's colorful mints to grace the tables at the reception.

Charlotte Orr
Charlotte Orr
Anticipated Visits to the Parrot

My Aunt Charlotte Quiglye, my Dad, Charles and their little sister, Dorthoy lived in the big house on the corner of Hauser and Madison in Helena. Only my Aunt Charlotte remains (she turned 103 last September). She lives in Seattle but still has fond memories of going to the Parrot with her mother for lunch and Turkish paste. They spent their summers ranching near Ringling so they really looked forward to their trips to town and the Parrot. Aunt Charlotte was disappointed at the closing of the street and the minimal decor. She felt the early builders of Helena wanted to give it more of the Eastern or "civilized look." Although she hasn't been back in 15 years, I'm sure she'd be happy to know you are still there and making Turkish Paste. >>I grew up in Lewiston, Colorado, and California. On our occasional trips to Helena there was always a stop at the Parrot.

Harry Downs
Harry Downs
My Own Concoction

Though absent from God's country for too long, we enjoyed your goodies on visits to our first home. We now can wheel down to city center from the east side to appease our appetite with a tamale, chili, or "Tumor". This last is a concoction I take credit for while at the Parrot, during my days at the Cathedral. It is chocolate ice cream with cherry syrup on top -I've gone to heaven.

Robert Shultz
Robert Shultz
Cleaning the Parrot

I've been enjoying the Parrot confectionery store since 1990. I used to clean the store at night for Servicemaster contract services. I still frequently stop in for candy and one pound boxes of candy to send to my relatives down South, in winter of course. We all love the taste of Parrot candy -as all probably do!

Homet Hauke
Homet Hauke
Candy from Cousins

I learned about the Parrot from a cousin who lives in the Helena area. She sent me candy from the Parrot twice. I liked the candy so much that I have been purchasing candy from the Parrot every since.

Bea Steen
Bea Steen
Traveling Candy

I moved to Helena in 1981 and found the Parrot to become my one stop gift store. The awesome selection of Parrot candy has been taken in the car, on the plane, and even on the Amtrak. I take it with me when I visit, or send to friends and relatives as far away as North Carolina, Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and even Canada. However, my Uncle Wesser and my Godmother Auntie Lou in Minnesota have received more than most. They so look forward to getting that familiar shaped mailing box. They know what the treat is going to be, from the Assorted and General Assortment to the Nuts and Chews -- wow, and the Old Fashioned Fudge (brown sugar and chocolate) they are all so delectable, scrumptious and all the other delicious adjectives one could possible use to describe the Parrot Confectionery, who "talks for itself." As for me, besides the candy and nuts it is the wonderful chili, and my favorite, the pineapple ice cream soda that takes me back to the soda fountain in the drug store near my high school in Alexandria, Minnesota. When my family and guests come to town, it's the trip down to the Parrot that they remember the most fondly.

Sharmin Carlson
Sharmin Carlson
The Parrot!

As a child in 1955 I left Good 'Ol Montana for Oregon. My Grandparents were the Ehlers, who owned Ehlers Corner Store 5 miles out in the Valley. The store is gone now, but many memories linger. I have great memories of the Parrot also. We went there for special treats -I always chose a cherry coke. The aroma of the Parrot is still in my mind. When I do get to Helena I always stop in the Parrot's door just to see. It still feels the same. The Parrot IS Helena.

Nell Johnson
Nell Johnson
Holiday Candy

Every year at Christmas my sister remembers us with a gift of candy from the Parrot. My husband's aunt, while living, sent us candy on Valentine's Day. She also sent candy to her own family on holidays. A nephew living in Germany was sent candy. Imagine that! Candy sent from Montana to someone living in Germany, which is noted for their fine candy. Going to the Parrot is like going to an old fashioned neighborhood store. We are greeted like old friends. We always take our out of town friends and relatives there when they come for a visit.

John Boettcher
John Boettcher
Back Door Tasting

I first bought candy from the Parrot in 1971 and have always bought candy for Christmas and Easter. I have also purchased candy for birthdays. I used to come in the back door and was always asked to test what ever kind of candy they were making. Now, whenever I travel to see my son's family in Connecticut the kids will ask me what kind of parrot candy I brought, almost before I get a hug or kiss. (Their favorite is lemon drops).

Jeremiah Prescott
Jeremiah Prescott
The Next Generation

My family has been in Helena and other parts of Montana since the 1880's. Even though I grew up in another state I always heard about the Parrot and how long our family has gotten chocolate there. I make a point of having chocolates shipped to me every year. I am passing the tradition on to my kids, the next generation.

Cami Clevenger
Cami Clevenger
Earliest Memories

I can remember the Parrot candy and ice cream from my earliest memories! When I was in first grade or so my Dad rented an office in the arcade building and every day after school he would give my brother and I a dollar to go down to the Parrot and get whatever we wanted! Since then we always have Parrot chocolates at Christmas and whenever I want to treat myself or children, or anyone else, I head to the Parrot for the most amazing chocolates, candies, and sundaes in the world! I always get that special feeling I got as a kid whenever I walk through that door and see the candies, chocolates, elephants, and the wonderful workers who welcome me in. The smell intoxicates you and then you hear the jukebox playing "Duke of Earl" and you know it is a great day no matter how your day went prior!

Rick Schuyler
Rick Schuyler
Not Negotiable

I grew up in Helena and loved the chili and Mexican limes at the Parrot. As an adult whenever my family and I visit Helena we always stop by the Parrot, that is not negotiable!

Ruth Elkins
Ruth Elkins
When I Come to Town

Dear Kelly andBrian, Thanks you for your pre-Christmas letter. I enjoy Parrot candies when I come to visit my daughter's family. I always take some home with me. My favorite? Your dark chocolates - especially the ginger. See you again soon!

Judi Nelson
Judi Nelson
From Delivery to a Wedding

My son was working as a terminal manger in Great Falls. He also opened a terminal in Helena. On his deliveries he would become acquainted with people of his route. The Parrot was one of his stops. I went to visit Great Falls, and there was a box of wedding candies, which I loved. While living in Austin Minn, these same mints were made for the Greeks - I hadn't seen them or heard of them for years. So now, while it's cold I occasionally have you send me some. I savor each and every one.

Ty Plummer – Nelson
Ty Plummer – Nelson
Some Things Never Change

Oh the good old days in Helena! I lived in Helena from fourth grade through high school. I went to both Cathedral High and Helena High, graduating in 1967. We used to come to the Parrot for a cup of chili, cherry Coke and visit with our friends. We liked the middle booths so we could talk to people on both sides. I have been away from Helena since the summer of '67. Have been back twice before now - 20 years ago and again about 10 or 12 years ago. Went in for a cup of chili and cherry Coke 20 years ago. Looked the same then, and still looks the same! It is such a thrill to be sitting in here today eating chili and drinking a cherry Coke while remembering the fun in here as an eighthgrader through high schooler. Such fond memories!! Thanks for making my trip so special!

Elaine Livers
Elaine Livers
A Custom from New Orleans

My parents began sending Parrot candy at Christmas to me and my siblings. My family was living in New Orleans and my siblings elsewhere in the country. This was in the 1960's. As our children married we started sending Christmas candy to them. When my mom was no longer able to do this, we had candy sent to her until she died. One daughter has started this custom with her children as they left home.

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Family Tradition

I do not have a personal story to relate other than my fondness for the Parrot candies, particularly in boxes opened at our reception area as I walk into the office during the holiday season. However, my children are always anxious to make a trip in for lunch when they are home from college; as are my parents when they visit from Philadelphia.

Judy Reynoso
Judy Reynoso
From the 50's to today

I am 67 and my mother used to tell me she hung out at the Parrot when she was young. Grew up in Helena and the Parrot was the teen hang-out in the 50's. On Saturdays you could hardly get in the place! The candy was unbelievable. What I loved the most were the Mexican Lime Drinks. I've been all over (for years) the U.S. and Helena's Parrot was the only place that served Mexican Limes, and no place else had ever heard of it. At Christmas my Relatives still send me a box of Parrot candy, and it brings back so many memories of my youth. Hope you folks will continue the tradition of a Helena landmark! And for heaven's sake please don't upgrade the interior! Good luck and best wishes.

Robert Shultz
Robert Shultz
Cleaning the Parrot

I've been enjoying the Parrot confectionery store since 1990. I used to clean the store at night for Servicemaster contract services. I still frequently stop in for candy and one pound boxes of candy to send to my relatives down South, in winter of course. We all love the taste of Parrot candy -as all probably do!

Plummer – Nelson
Plummer – Nelson
Some Things Never Change

Oh the good old days in Helena! I lived in Helena from fourth grade through high school. I went to both Cathedral High and Helena High, graduating in 1967. We used to come to the Parrot for a cup of chili, cherry Coke and visit with our friends. We liked the middle booths so we could talk to people on both sides. I have been away from Helena since the summer of '67. Have been back twice before now - 20 years ago and again about 10 or 12 years ago. Went in for a cup of chili and cherry Coke 20 years ago. Looked the same then, and still looks the same! It is such a thrill to be sitting in here today eating chili and drinking a cherry Coke while remembering the fun in here as an eighthgrader through high schooler. Such fond memories!! Thanks for making my trip so special!

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Family Tradition

I do not have a personal story to relate other than my fondness for the Parrot candies, particularly in boxes opened at our reception area as I walk into the office during the holiday season. However, my children are always anxious to make a trip in for lunch when they are home from college; as are my parents when they visit from Philadelphia.

Elaine Livers
Elaine Livers
A Custom from New Orleans

My parents began sending Parrot candy at Christmas to me and my siblings. My family was living in New Orleans and my siblings elsewhere in the country. This was in the 1960's. As our children married we started sending Christmas candy to them. When my mom was no longer able to do this, we had candy sent to her until she died. One daughter has started this custom with her children as they left home.

Judy Reynoso
Judy Reynoso
From the 50's to today

I am 67 and my mother used to tell me she hung out at the Parrot when she was young. Grew up in Helena and the Parrot was the teen hang-out in the 50's. On Saturdays you could hardly get in the place! The candy was unbelievable. What I loved the most were the Mexican Lime Drinks. I've been all over (for years) the U.S. and Helena's Parrot was the only place that served Mexican Limes, and no place else had ever heard of it. At Christmas my Relatives still send me a box of Parrot candy, and it brings back so many memories of my youth. Hope you folks will continue the tradition of a Helena landmark! And for heaven's sake please don't upgrade the interior! Good luck and best wishes.

Joyce MacDuffie
Joyce MacDuffie
Never Disappointed

I have been buying Parrot candy for myself and others for over sixty-five years and have never been disappointed. I hope it stays the same. I lived in Helena for years and now I find that the Parrot is just about the only thing in Helena that has not changed.

Grayce Loble
Grayce Loble
A Part of my Life

I was born in 1920, so the trips to the Parrot have been a big part of my life. The special treat was having a "Parrot parfait," their special was served in a fluted glass with a plastic parrot perched on the rim. Having my candy custom filled assured me I would get just the right selection. In the years gone by my tow sons, and their children and grand children share many of these same memories. Thanks for letting me share some of my great memories!

Judi Flegel
Judi Flegel
Going into Helena

Like many others who grew up near Helena going to the Parrot for chocolate sodas, hot fudge sundaes, or bags of candy was the highlight of "going into Helena." Now I love to share the treat by giving boxes of candy to family and friends in Wisconsin and telling them about the Parrot. I also get quite a few comments when wearing my Parrot cap on vacations in Florida and the Caribbean.

Giles Walter
Giles Walter
Favorite Gift

Success and good luck. It is good to know the Parrot is always there! It is our favorite gift.

Brooke Eagle
Brooke Eagle
A Usual Order

I am very sad to not be doing my usual order this year. I had always ordered for my mother's December 22 birthday/Christmas; sadly she passed this year. I also always stop in when in Helena.

Lillian Dykstra
Lillian Dykstra
Leaving a Mark

The Parrot was always the place to go after a movie at the Marlow or the Antlers. If I look closely I am sure I would find my initials on a booth table (LGN) or that of my husband Dan. We both lived here all our lives as school kids and graduated from Helena High School, after having classes in the railroad coaches. I might have also have put gum under your tables!! It is wonderful memories each time I come in.

Bruce Ensley
Bruce Ensley
Annual Commute

Annual commutes to Montana/Great Falls always left time to visit my Aunt and cousins in Helena. The Parrot is still a destination of choice. I am hoping to introduce the Parrot to a third generation in coming years. I was delighted to read that The Parrot's tradition is being carried on. I am placing on order via Internet today! Merry Christmas, and have a prosperous year!

Verne Essinger
Verne Essinger
The Perfect Conclusion

I was born and raised in Malta Montana and moved to Helena when I was fifteen. As a college student in the summer I worked at the Union Bank which was close to The Parrot. After work, sundaes and milk shakes were a wonderful occasional treat. Christmas always included a box of Parrot candy. >>> I am now 84 and living in the state of Washington. When my daughter was planning the engagement party for our youngest granddaughter she wanted something very special to top off the luncheon - I said 'Parrot candy bonbons, dark and light chocolate, and all the wonderful pastel mints!' So I called The Parrot and they sent several boxes to Yakima Washington. The candy was the perfect conclusion to our wonderful luncheon. Guests listened to violin and cello music, sipped wine, and ate delicious Parrot chocolate!

Verne Essinger
Verne Essinger
The Perfect Conclusion

I was born and raised in Malta Montana and moved to Helena when I was fifteen. As a college student in the summer I worked at the Union Bank which was close to The Parrot. After work, sundaes and milk shakes were a wonderful occasional treat. Christmas always included a box of Parrot candy. >>> I am now 84 and living in the state of Washington. When my daughter was planning the engagement party for our youngest granddaughter she wanted something very special to top off the luncheon - I said 'Parrot candy bonbons, dark and light chocolate, and all the wonderful pastel mints!' So I called The Parrot and they sent several boxes to Yakima Washington. The candy was the perfect conclusion to our wonderful luncheon. Guests listened to violin and cello music, sipped wine, and ate delicious Parrot chocolate!

Hazel Johnson
Hazel Johnson
Landmark of Helena

My husband and I lived in Montana for about thirty years. The last six were spent in Helena Montana. We had three sons. Our eldest met Postie first, then the rest of the family met her. She had us over for Christmas the one year. She was such a neat person. After we moved to Salt Lake we always stopped at The Parrot whenever we came back to Helena. We have spent the last three summers in Helena, and of course we made our trips to The Parrot. We are glad to hear you will be keeping it original as much as you can. It is the landmark of Helena, after the Gold Rush.

Lori Micken
Lori Micken
An Unforgettable Experience

I was introduced to The Parrot in about 1954, going into Helena from Girl Scout Camp at Camp Thunderbird. I was a counselor there that summer and in 1956. From the Scout Camp favorite to the ambrosia of a chocolate shake at The Parrot it was a totally unforgettable experience. I think we bought a few pieces of candy, at the time I was not a confirmed dark chocoholic, but Parrot candy helped make me one. For years I have been stopping there going to and from my cabin North of Seeley Lake. >>> When stumped for a gift the part is always the answer! Also, your chili is the only "commercial" kind I can eat as my stomach is now sensitive to spices. Unfortunately, I am too old to look forward to decades of The Parrot, but thank goodness for phone orders!

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Family Tradition

I do not have a personal story to relate other than my fondness for the Parrot candies, particularly in boxes opened at our reception area as I walk into the office during the holiday season. However, my children are always anxious to make a trip in for lunch when they are home from college; as are my parents when they visit from Philadelphia.

Bea Steen
Bea Steen
Traveling Candy

I moved to Helena in 1981 and found the Parrot to become my one stop gift store. The awesome selection of Parrot candy has been taken in the car, on the plane, and even on the Amtrak. I take it with me when I visit, or send to friends and relatives as far away as North Carolina, Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and even Canada. However, my Uncle Wesser and my Godmother Auntie Lou in Minnesota have received more than most. They so look forward to getting that familiar shaped mailing box. They know what the treat is going to be, from the Assorted and General Assortment to the Nuts and Chews -- wow, and the Old Fashioned Fudge (brown sugar and chocolate) they are all so delectable, scrumptious and all the other delicious adjectives one could possible use to describe the Parrot Confectionery, who "talks for itself." As for me, besides the candy and nuts it is the wonderful chili, and my favorite, the pineapple ice cream soda that takes me back to the soda fountain in the drug store near my high school in Alexandria, Minnesota. When my family and guests come to town, it's the trip down to the Parrot that they remember the most fondly.

Judy Reynoso
Judy Reynoso
From the 50's to today

I am 67 and my mother used to tell me she hung out at the Parrot when she was young. Grew up in Helena and the Parrot was the teen hang-out in the 50's. On Saturdays you could hardly get in the place! The candy was unbelievable. What I loved the most were the Mexican Lime Drinks. I've been all over (for years) the U.S. and Helena's Parrot was the only place that served Mexican Limes, and no place else had ever heard of it. At Christmas my Relatives still send me a box of Parrot candy, and it brings back so many memories of my youth. Hope you folks will continue the tradition of a Helena landmark! And for heaven's sake please don't upgrade the interior! Good luck and best wishes.

Ty Plummer – Nelson
Ty Plummer – Nelson
Some Things Never Change

Oh the good old days in Helena! I lived in Helena from fourth grade through high school. I went to both Cathedral High and Helena High, graduating in 1967. We used to come to the Parrot for a cup of chili, cherry Coke and visit with our friends. We liked the middle booths so we could talk to people on both sides. I have been away from Helena since the summer of '67. Have been back twice before now - 20 years ago and again about 10 or 12 years ago. Went in for a cup of chili and cherry Coke 20 years ago. Looked the same then, and still looks the same! It is such a thrill to be sitting in here today eating chili and drinking a cherry Coke while remembering the fun in here as an eighthgrader through high schooler. Such fond memories!! Thanks for making my trip so special!

Elaine Livers
Elaine Livers
A Custom from New Orleans

My parents began sending Parrot candy at Christmas to me and my siblings. My family was living in New Orleans and my siblings elsewhere in the country. This was in the 1960's. As our children married we started sending Christmas candy to them. When my mom was no longer able to do this, we had candy sent to her until she died. One daughter has started this custom with her children as they left home.

Connie Sauer
Connie Sauer
The Most Special Gift

The Parrot has been sending candy to my mother for me for many years now. This candy has been the most special gift she ever receives from anyone. Over the years her tolerance for flavors has continually decreased, but The Parrot has always been able to find a candy she says she can eat. If there is one store in Helena I truly enjoy doing business with it is The Parrot! They always have been, and still are simply wonderful to do business with. Not only that, but they will send me a bill rather than make me pay by credit card!!!

Janet Lowry
Janet Lowry
A Box of Parrots

Congratulations on owning on of the most fun places I have had the privilege of visiting! I have family living in Helena, and while visiting there a few times in "many years past" we made sure to visit The Parrot. My sister-in-law sent us boxes of "parrots" for years until that part of the family moved. My family has ordered "parrots" as gifts for Christmas. Love those "parrots" as well as other goodies that I remember.

Ellen Stubblefield
Ellen Stubblefield
In and Out of The Parrot

As a kid growing up in Helena I have been in and out of The Parrot since 1929. Even when I lived in Arizona I would get candy to take back to Arizona while visiting in Helena. My Mother-in-law introduced my nieces from Washington to white chocolate at The Parrot. They still talk about going there with their grandma.

Arlene Eickmeyer
Arlene Eickmeyer
Long Time Friend

Nancy Duensing was a long time friend and neighbor. It is a real tribute to her that her boys have carried on with the traditional Parrot and that another family operation is in place with the same quality and caring from long ago!

Ron Bennett
Ron Bennett
Candy Love in Hawaii

Our introduction to The Parrot started over thirty years ago, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ron, being a lover of dark chocolate came upon Ed and Don's candy shop at the Ala Mauna Mall, while we were stationed at Hickam AFB. He discovered the black walnut nougat and was hooked! When our turn came to leave Hawaii we choose Montana. Through the years our attachment to Montana has been strong, our two youngest children were born in Montana and four of our five children graduated from CMR High School in Great Falls. We credit our daughter-in-law for steering Ron to The Parrot for his quest to find the ultimate dark chocolate walnut nougat. The Helena family has moved in recent years, but Ron has his ways of getting his candy. No one comes through Helena to see use unless they bring nougat. He also calls to have them shipped.

Kristine Larson
Kristine Larson
A Mother's Fondness for The Parrot

My Helena roots begin with my mother. She was very fond of the Parrot all through her life, no matter where she lived. She was so excited whenever she received a box of Parrot chocolates. She hung out at The Parrot after school many times with her best friends, called the "dirty dozen." Her favorite treat when there in person was a sundae with warm chocolate sauce or else a box of nuts and chews when away from Helena. We are so grateful that The Parrot tradition is being carried on and we wish many blessings!

Catherine Ortwein
Catherine Ortwein
Our Family Loves The Parrot!

Our family loves The Parrot! Especially the "parrots." I mailed a box of them to my daughter in San Antonio for her early April birthday. Although the package was labeled "fragile," the postman left them on her doorstep for the day. When she discovered the melted mess, my daughter called Wendy at The Parrot. Wendy sympathized with her and sent me an apology along with the price of the parrots plus postage! Wendy warned me not to mail to Texas in April, even if Montana is still wintry. Of course I will not mail them again unless it is really winter, but Wendy's gesture went beyond kindness. I hope this kindness gets continued!

Nancy Corrigall
Nancy Corrigall
Always Special

I have ordered your creme mints to use at special anniversary events for my garden club here in South Carolina. They are so special because I can choose the colors and flavors. I moved away from Helena in 1977, but The Parrot will always be special.

Margaret Guschausky
Margaret Guschausky
Everyone Loved It!

Thank you very very much. My son, Steve Smith, loved the bon bons. My granddaughter loved the box of chocolates. My daughter-in-law enjoyed the nuts. I appreciate your efforts for us.

Jack French
Jack French
Last Stop

When my daughters come to visit, they always make their last stop at The Parrot to buy chocolates to take home. We are very glad that The Parrot will be around for years to come.

Judy Reynoso
Judy Reynoso
From the 50's to today

I am 67 and my mother used to tell me she hung out at the Parrot when she was young. Grew up in Helena and the Parrot was the teen hang-out in the 50's. On Saturdays you could hardly get in the place! The candy was unbelievable. What I loved the most were the Mexican Lime Drinks. I've been all over (for years) the U.S. and Helena's Parrot was the only place that served Mexican Limes, and no place else had ever heard of it. At Christmas my Relatives still send me a box of Parrot candy, and it brings back so many memories of my youth. Hope you folks will continue the tradition of a Helena landmark! And for heaven's sake please don't upgrade the interior! Good luck and best wishes.

Robert Shultz
Robert Shultz
Cleaning the Parrot

I've been enjoying the Parrot confectionery store since 1990. I used to clean the store at night for Servicemaster contract services. I still frequently stop in for candy and one pound boxes of candy to send to my relatives down South, in winter of course. We all love the taste of Parrot candy -as all probably do!

Plummer – Nelson
Plummer – Nelson
Some Things Never Change

Oh the good old days in Helena! I lived in Helena from fourth grade through high school. I went to both Cathedral High and Helena High, graduating in 1967. We used to come to the Parrot for a cup of chili, cherry Coke and visit with our friends. We liked the middle booths so we could talk to people on both sides. I have been away from Helena since the summer of '67. Have been back twice before now - 20 years ago and again about 10 or 12 years ago. Went in for a cup of chili and cherry Coke 20 years ago. Looked the same then, and still looks the same! It is such a thrill to be sitting in here today eating chili and drinking a cherry Coke while remembering the fun in here as an eighthgrader through high schooler. Such fond memories!! Thanks for making my trip so special!

Bea Steen
Bea Steen
Traveling Candy

I moved to Helena in 1981 and found the Parrot to become my one stop gift store. The awesome selection of Parrot candy has been taken in the car, on the plane, and even on the Amtrak. I take it with me when I visit, or send to friends and relatives as far away as North Carolina, Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and even Canada. However, my Uncle Wesser and my Godmother Auntie Lou in Minnesota have received more than most. They so look forward to getting that familiar shaped mailing box. They know what the treat is going to be, from the Assorted and General Assortment to the Nuts and Chews -- wow, and the Old Fashioned Fudge (brown sugar and chocolate) they are all so delectable, scrumptious and all the other delicious adjectives one could possible use to describe the Parrot Confectionery, who "talks for itself." As for me, besides the candy and nuts it is the wonderful chili, and my favorite, the pineapple ice cream soda that takes me back to the soda fountain in the drug store near my high school in Alexandria, Minnesota. When my family and guests come to town, it's the trip down to the Parrot that they remember the most fondly.

Elaine Livers
Elaine Livers
A Custom from New Orleans

My parents began sending Parrot candy at Christmas to me and my siblings. My family was living in New Orleans and my siblings elsewhere in the country. This was in the 1960's. As our children married we started sending Christmas candy to them. When my mom was no longer able to do this, we had candy sent to her until she died. One daughter has started this custom with her children as they left home.

Sue Orr
Sue Orr
Parrot Kid

I have to admit, I was very nervous when I heard someone was buying The Parrot, but I can tell she is in good hands after I received your letter. I am a 60's/70's Parrot kid. I hung out with my friends - filled the jukebox with good music and enjoyed tamales and Mexican limes. Love the caramels, fudge, and white chocolate wedges. We send my husband's one hundred year old aunt Turkish paste every Christmas. Now, I bring our kids every time I am in Helena, and they have their favorites. My 12 year old daughter loves honey comb, my husband loves the dark chocolate covered ginger, and our 14 year old loves the chocolate chunks. When I married my husband I gave all my family and attendants The Parrot poster you had in 1991. Please do not change anything! Helena has changed so much, I think it is nice that The Parrot never does!

J.R. Feucht
J.R. Feucht
Hard Earned Chocolate

Even though I am an old codger now - I remember shovelling sidewalks in my pre-teens and teens to get money to meet my friends (and whatever girls currently had our interest) for cherry cokes, chili, and caramel sundaes-and of course candy at The Parrot! >>> I now send candy to my daughter in Portland and all of her roommates are now big fans of Parrot candy! Keep up the traditions and hard work!

Carol Stahly
Carol Stahly
Love Everything About The Parrot

Special memories purchasing large decorative paper mache Easter egg containers for my children's baskets... they still have them! Ordering a box of Parrot chocolates to send at Christmas is always a gift my family and friends love - and I love that you do the mailing! The Parrot mints are another favorite; they have been used at most of our family wedding and I give them for birthdays. We love everything about this store. The fifties decor is so fun to show to our tourists and treat them to an old-fashioned ice cream up at the counter. Another unique memory I have is the first time I ordered chili-and learned to put in some vinegar!

Joyce Banzet
Joyce Banzet
Choosing my Own Candy

We were raised in Avon, MT and when we would make a trip over McDonald pass to Helena, our hope was that we could visit The Parrot. We usually did, because in the 40's that was "downtown!" We especially liked the idea of being able to choose from the glass case two or three candies of our very own. I remember two ladies, in particular, that would wait on us because they had violet hair! I went back years later and they were still there! Sadly, now they are gone, but everyone knows The Parrot candy is still my favorite. I occasionally receive a box. I am now 70, but when in Helena I always visit The Parrot.

Dennis Sanders
Dennis Sanders
One for You, One for Me

Every Christmas I love getting Parrot candy for one of my friends and also for myself. I was just in Helena for our fiftieth class reunion, and I stopped in to the Parrot.

Sonja Box
Sonja Box
A Very Special Treat

I order Holiday candy for my Dad and Marie in Wyoming as they love it, and The Parrot has everything they need. A very special treat that they enjoy, and only have once a year. They got their package this year right before Thanksgiving, but did not mind. My Dad just thought I was jumping the gun. The new owner is sending them a box at Christmas to make up for the mix-up. They will love it, and Thank You!

Helen Shortridge
Helen Shortridge
Hotel Guests

My Aunt, Rose Foster, owned the Helena Hotel and as a small child I visited with my Mom and Dad and stayed at her hotel which was about one block from The Parrot, which had the best candy ever!

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