'The best candy in the world' Parrot Confectionery celebrates a sweet 100 years

Phil Drake

A Helena institution is celebrating its 100th birthday on Thursday in a very tasty fashion.

The Parrot Confectionery is located on the Walking Mall at 42 N. Last Chance Gulch.

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The Parrot Confectionery is ringing in its first century with free handmade soda fountain drinks, kicking off a celebration that will run through the summer, its owner, Jonny Plichta, said.

Owner Jonny Plichta stands by the soda fountain at The Parrot Confectionary in Helena.

Phil Drake, Independent Record

“We are turning 100. It says a lot for something to be around this long and make through the Depression and the economy’s ups and downs,” he said. “It shows people appreciate the business.”

The shop, known for its handmade chocolates, sodas and chili, is a staple along the Walking Mall at 42 N. Last Chance Gulch.

It opened as a candy store in downtown Helena in 1922. According to Helenahistory.org, the Parrot Confectionery began as

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