Tuesday, March 29, 2022

1920-1993 Leaf Brand Candy Company

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Leslie Manson posted
My aunt through marriage worked at Leaf Brand Candy, 1155 North Cicero, in the 1960's. My brothers and I loved when she would bring candy like spearmint leaves, orange slices and whoppers over to us. Sadly like most of the candy factories here in Chicago it moved out of state.
[There are a lot of comments about some of the other candy companies, working for a candy company and getting treats from candy companies....Leaf Brands was originally founded by Sol S. Leaf in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Leaf started various candy companies beginning in the 1920s, and they were merged into Leaf Brands in 1947.]

"Originally, Leaf Brands® was started in the 1920’s by the members of the Leaf family. Leaf was responsible for producing such candy classics as Whoppers®, Milk Duds®, Jolly Rancher® and Rain Blo Bubblegum®, just to name a few classic Leaf brands....By the 1990s, Leaf had become one of the world’s top ten confectionery companies; it was especially strong in non-chocolate products such as pastilles and chewing gum and by 1993, Leaf was the fourth largest candy producer in North America before finally being purchased by Hershey’s Candy."
They also produced Payday and Heath Bar. [LstopTours]

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The building was purchased in 1996 by Erickson, "which manufactures personal-care products for clients such as Helene Curtis, a unit of Unilever Home and Personal Care Inc., Gillette Co., and Colgate-Palmolive Co....The company is riding a wave of growth, fueled in part by a trend of major manufacturers, such as Sara Lee Corp. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., to maintain their marketing business and contract out the manufacturing of their products." That company created over 200 jobs for the neighborhoood. [ChicagoTribune]

Hershey bought the "Leaf North American confectionery operations" in 1996. [en-academic] But the previous owner must have closed the Chicago factory in 1993 because the above 1997 Tribune article says the factory quit making candy four years earlier.

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1 comment:

  1. Does anyine know if the Bee Candy company in Cicero was connected to making the confectionery called JACKSTRAWS candies?