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The History on Your Birthday Candy

Caramel Creams

Caramel Creams made their debut in 1918, often referred to as Bulls-Eyes® due to the unique round shape of the caramel with a white center. Goetze’s Caramel Creams®, aka “Bulls-Eyes®,” are made of chewy caramel with a cream center.  They were introduced into market in 1918 by R. Melvin Goetze Sr., when Goetze’s Candy was still the Baltimore Chewing Gum Company. Melvin began making “chuees” (Caramel Creams® without the center) out of the family’s kitchen in 1917, Caramel Creams were developed soon after and were released in 1918.

Info Source: https://www.goetzecandy.com/goetzes-heritage.html

Salt Water Taffy

The sweet is said to have received its name after a boardwalk candy shop flooded with water from the Atlantic Ocean in 1883, soaking all the taffy in salty seawater. Reportedly, the shop owner joked with a customer that all he had was salt water taffy, and the name stuck. While the origin of salt water taffy may be more myth than fact, many manufacturers will agree that David Bradley is responsible for the first appearance of salt water taffy. In 1883, a huge storm hit Atlantic City and flooded the boardwalk, where Bradley had his candy storefront. His store was flooded and with it, his supply of taffy.

In the most popular retelling of how salt water taffy came to be, a young girl asked Bradley if the store still had taffy for sale while he was cleaning the mess from the ocean surge. Jokingly, Bradley told the girl to help herself to some “salt water taffy.” His mother heard the exchange from the back and loved the name, and thus, salt water taffy was born. Initially, salt water taffy was something you only purchased at a seaside stand. It took some casual observances by a man named Joseph Fralinger to turn it into a product you can bring home from the beach.

Info Source: https://www.wockenfusscandies.com/blog/the-history-of-salt-water-taffy/

Info Source: https://www.bulkcandystore.com/info/history-of-salt-water-taffy/

Bit-O-Honey

Bit-O-Honey first took the stage in 1924. In that year, Schutter-Johnson Company, based in Chicago, Illinois, created a new kind of candy bar. A bar made of almond bits in a honey-flavored taffy; Bit-O-Honey was a far cry from popular chocolate bars at the time. Then in 1969, Schutter-Johnson Company merged with NYC’s Ward Company, the makers of Chunky, Oh Henry! and Raisinets. It was during the time of this merger that a chocolate version of the treat, aptly named, Bit-O-Chocolate was made. However, something about the chocolate variety didn’t catch on, and the product was later discontinued. Although the different flavors didn’t work out so well, there was an addition from the late 70’s that did manage to stick around. Can you guess what it is? The Bit-O-Honey bumblebee, of course!

Info Source: https://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/bit-o-honey-taffy-history-nostalgic-candy/

Info Source: https://www.snackhistory.com/bit-o-honey

Hershey’s

HERSHEY’s Kisses were first introduced in 1907 by Milton S. Hershey. The kisses were individually wrapped in foil by hand. The very first HERSHEY’S product ever available to the public was HERSHEY’S cocoa which was introduced to the public in 1894 and that’s when the HERSHEY’S brand was born. Over 100 years ago, chocolate was a luxury that only the rich enjoyed but when Milton built his factory, he made the treat available to everyone. Milton even built a town with a trolley system, houses, schools, and a zoo to give workers a better quality of life. In 1906 Milton built Hershey Park so his employees and their families could relax, unwind, and have fun. InThe Milton Hershey School opened, giving orphaned boys—who were typically excluded from polite society—educations and decent, happy lives.1909 The Milton Hershey School opened, giving orphaned boys educations and decent, happy lives. Milton Hershey funded the “Great Building Campaign” in Hershey, PA—putting 600 men to work during the Great Depression from 1929-1939.

Info Source: https://www.hersheys.com/en_us/our-story/our-history.html

Smarties

On January 10, 1949, Edward Dee brought his family from England to New Jersey. Equipped with only two machines in a rented facility, he succeeded in founding Ce De Candy, Inc., makers of Smarties®, America’s favorite candy wafer roll. The company is now led by the founder’s grand daughters, Co-Presidents Sarah Dee, Jessica Dee Sawyer and Liz Dee. Edward opened his first factory in Bloomfield, New Jersey in August, 1949. He proceeded to move the company to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1959 and finally to Union, New Jersey in 1967.  On January 1, 2011, the company changed its name from Ce De Candy, Inc. to Smarties Candy Company.

Edward also created Ce De Candy, Ltd. in Canada, opening a factory on Queen Street in Toronto in 1963. Later, he moved the operation to a new Canadian facility built in Newmarket, Ontario in 1988 to make more Smarties® and “Rockets®,” as they are called in Canada. (Canadian Rockets® candy fans can visit the Rockets Candy Website, like Rockets Candy on Facebook and follow Rockets on Twitter.)

Smarties® are made 24 hours a day in two candy factories located in Union, New Jersey and Newmarket, Ontario. The company produces billions of Smarties® rolls each year.

Info Source: https://www.smarties.com/our-story/

Fruit Slices

Boston Fruit Slices began as part of the H.W. Powers Candy company in Boston. They were the first company to make and sell fruit slices in America. The product line was purchased by an employee and Boston Fruit Slices (the company) was born. Today, Boston Fruit Slices are still handmade in small batches, and packed at our new home in North Carolina, in the same traditional manner we did 80 years ago.

Info Source: https://www.bostonfruitslice.com/our-story

Andes Mints

Andes Candies was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1921 by Andrew Kanelos. Originally called Andy’s Candies, the business produced a variety of boxed chocolates which it sold from a small Chicago storefront. The business grew to include 150 stores. With the expansion of the business, a factory was built to supply the stores, and the name was changed to Andes Candies. Andes became part of the Tootsie family in 2000.

Info Source: https://www.tootsie.com/candy/andes/andes-mints

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