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Chicago's Sweet Candy History

Baby Ruth, Milk Duds, Juicy Fruit, Cracker Jack, Milky Way, Tootsie Roll. Whatever your favorite candy may be, chances are it came from Chicago.  For much of its history, the city churned out an astonishing one third of all candy produced in the United States.  Some of the biggest names in the industry were based in Chicago: Curtiss, Brach, Tootsie Roll, Leaf, Wrigley, and Mars.  Along with these giants were smaller, family-based companies such as fundraising specialist Worlds Finest Chocolate and the Ferrara Pan Candy Company, maker of Red Hots and Jaw Breakers.  At its peak, the Chicago candy industry boasted more than 100 companies employing some 25,000 Chicagoans.  Packed with vintage images of stores, factories, and advertisements, this fascinating photographic history covers more than 150 years of the candy trade and explores how Chicago candy makers created strong bonds between people and their favorite treats.

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs

Chicago's Sweet Candy History

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