Silky Gem, America’s First Crystal Candy Shop, is Opening in the Kentlands

Silky Gem, which offers crystal candies inspired by Vietnamese Lunar new year traditions, will hold the grand opening of its store in the coming days or weeks at 332 Main St in Gaithersburg’s Kentlands neighborhood. The store has been described as the first crystal candy shop to open in the United States (photos below).

The shop has held a few events prior to its grand opening and offers a variety of the same crystal candies many have seen on the Silky Gem social media accounts. The grand opening was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 24th, but had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. A new date will be announced via social media and the store is currently in a “soft launch” phase.

From the owner: “My name is Gia Huynh, and I am the founder of Silky Gem. I was born in Vietnam, and grew up in a poor family. Lunar New Year’s treats were always a luxury for me as a little girl. I remember every year there was only one chance to eat this candy called ” Mút Rau Câu, Mút Rong Sun “. My mom and grandma would make it every year with others candied crystallized treats called “Mút” as our family traditions was passed down from my grandmas – great grandmas over decades, We put all of our sweets in a tray to treat our guests to come visit for the new year, we like to treat them with sweet treats and tea as our tradition. But I remember the taste and how happy I was whenever I was able to get this special treat.”

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