A Worcester institution will shutter after its venerable owner and founder couldn’t get anyone to take over the family business.

William Prifti of Prifti’s Homemade Candies, now 86, started his candy shop in 1965. He told the Worcester Telegam & Gazetta recently that the work has become too much for him, and no one has stepped up to take over the candy business he started in 1965.

Prifti is legally blind and relies on his sense of touch to do much of the work these days.

The paper reported that Prifti is originally from Albania and learned the candy trade while living in Turkey.

“I make everything. You want it I make it. … I make white chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, nougat,” Prifti told New England Cable News.

The store drew customers from all over the Northeast and was a landmark for chocolate lovers for generations.

But, as is with many family businesses, when Prifti closes his shop and looks toward old age, he has to accept that his signature trade, his recipes, and the unforgettable taste of his white chocolate lollipops may one day die with him.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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