CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina is home to the world's largest handmade cookie facility. This week I took a trip to Clemmons, North Carolina to meet the woman behind the taste. Mrs. Hanes' Moravian cookies have been flying off the shelves for more than fifty years, but the tradition started long before that.
"I grew up helping my mother make cookies. My earliest memories, childhood memories are sliding down under the wood stove while she made cookies and sucking my bottle, " Hanes recalls.
Those memories turned into a 34,000 square foot factory, which now employs more than fifty people.
"I can remember smelling the cookies and tasting the cookies and as I grew up I learned to help," she said.
The aromas haunt you the moment you walk through the door. This week I took a tour of the facility to see the magic behind the taste. Travis Hanes showed me around.
"Everything is done by hand. It's put on the cookie sheet. It's put on the pan... put in the oven by hand. We take it out and pack it by hand and that's what makes it unique," he said.
You can tour the bakery for just two dollars. The Hanes' will also give you the opportunity to taste before you purchase. They are confident you will fall in love with their product. Mrs. Hanes knows her mother would be proud.
"She couldn't believe it, she wouldn't believe it, because she worked so hard all her life. She just did it to supplement the farm income, and she would have no idea that this would happen."
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START: Charlotte, NC 28208 US
1. Start out going NORTH on ASHLEY RD toward LIGGETT ST. (go 0.8 miles)
2. Turn LEFT onto FREEDOM DR/NC-27. (go 0.1 miles)
3. Merge onto I-85 N toward CONCORD. (go 52.3 miles)
4. Merge onto GEORGE S COBLE MEMORIAL HWY/US-52 N via EXIT 87 toward LEXINGTON/WINSTON-SALEM. (go 5.4 miles)
5. Take the US-64 exit, EXIT 89, toward LEXINGTON/MOCKSVILLE. (go 0.3 miles)
6. Turn LEFT onto US-64 W/MOCKSVILLE RD. Continue to follow US-64 W. (go 2.9 miles)
7. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto ramp. (go 0.2 miles)
8. Turn LEFT onto NC-150. (go 9.0 miles)
9. Turn LEFT onto SUNSET RD. (go 1.3 miles)
10. Turn RIGHT onto FRYE BRIDGE RD. (go 0.6 miles)
11. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto FRIEDBURG CHURCH RD. (go 0.1 miles)
12. 4643 FRIEDBERG CHURCH RD. (go 0.0 miles)
END: Mrs Hanes Moravian Cookie Bkry, 4643 Friedberg Church Rd, Clemmons, NC 27012 US
TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 1 hour 22 minutes | DISTANCE: 72.99 miles