Coach Ralph Henriquez offers Kilwins signature “Tuttles,” an addictive combination of chocolate, nuts and caramel. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

Conch baseball coach Ralph Henriquez knows all about the sweet spot — on a baseball bat.

He and his wife DeeDee Henriquez, who was our elected county tax collector for 20 years, were less familiar with a certain sweet spot on Duval Street — Kilwins, purveyor of fine chocolates, premium ice cream, fudge, caramel apples and other confectionery treats.

“We knew nothing about Kilwins, to be honest, but we love everything we’ve learned,” DeeDee said, expertly dipping an Oreo in a vat of liquid chocolate and arranging her creations neatly on a parchment-covered baking sheet.

The familiar Key West family was looking for a new business opportunity, and the more they learned about Kilwins, the more they liked the company’s commitment to customers, quality — and its franchisees.

The Henriquezes bought the local Kilwins franchise at 505 Duval St. on Aug. 30 and are now satisfying every sort of sweet tooth with premium chocolates, truffles, ice cream, fudge, caramel apples, and chocolate-dipped strawberries, pretzels, Oreos, you name it.


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