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New Brach’s Candy Logo Is Better Thinking, But Still a Miss

February 20th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Brach's Candy New Logo

VIRGINIA BEACH – One of my first childhood memories is being on the kitchen floor of our garage apartment on 78th Street, looking at a corrugated Brach’s Candy box. It had to be before 1969, when we moved to a real house, and my parents got out of the business of beach cottage rentals. I […]

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Tags: Candy

Fans of Texas Peanut Rounders

March 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

BLOSSOM, TEXAS – We hear from fans of the Peanut Rounder. It’s “soft and delicious” soft textured peanut candy made by Anderson Candy Company. Blossom is in Lamar County, in the northern part of the state. The company apparently has its roots in the 1940s, when a fellow named Dan Hearn, through trial and error, […]

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Tags: Candy · Made in USA

New Necco Packaging Ruins Classic Look. Necco’s New Coke?

February 5th, 2010 · 2 Comments

REVERE, Mass. – So tonight we bought some Necco Wafers, one of the classic American candies. And we were shocked when we looked at it when we saw new packaging. Gone is the classic Necco that you see in the picture below. In its place is a jazzy package that looks like junk. Furthermore, some […]

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Tags: Candy

Dubble Bubble, America’s Favorite, Not American!

July 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments

So why is that everything American has to be made out of the country? Last weekend in White Stone, Virginia, we saw some nieces and nephews having fun with a bag of Dubble Bubble, and had to check the back of the package. It was there that we noticed that it was Made in Canada. […]

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Tags: Candy · Factory Tour · Regional Brands

Sevigny’s, Great American Ribbon Candy

December 23rd, 2008 · 18 Comments

Made by F.B. Washburn BROCKTON, MASS. – Among (and apparently) the nation’s oldest candy makers is F.B. Washburn, founded in 1856. One of the first products of the company was the Waleeco Coconut Bar (associated with Red Sox baseball) and the Wasburn Peanut Bar. They also made a number of hard candies, including ribbon candy […]

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Tags: Made in USA · Regional Brands

Bartons Candy and Chocolate

December 22nd, 2008 · 17 Comments

Once an institution in New York, Bartons Confections candy is still around. Founded in 1898, their site says that it was in 1938 that the company was started by Viennese chocolatier Stephen Klein. He started Bartons Salon De Chocolat Shops in the New York area. We are fans of their peppermint bark. Sort of. Well […]

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Tags: Grocery

History of Bogdon’s Candy Sticks

December 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

KANSAS CITY – It started at a wedding reception in Kansas City, Missouri in 1945. Walter Bogdon rolled hard candy into sticks, and then decided to dump them into chocolate. Thus was born Bogdon’s Reception Stick. Many other products of the Bogdon Candy Company Inc. have since been introduced including Mint Double Dips (a spun […]

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Tags: Brand History · Grocery · Regional Brands

Halloween Candy Market Share, Very Unscientific

October 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Nestle Wins Annual Trick-or-Treat Survey SARASOTA – Looking at the candy that comes in after trick or treating is always a thrill, because there is usually something good in there to steal from your children. Another reason why we like to look at what comes in is to figure out how candy companies are doing […]

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Tags: Grocery · News

Life Savers Hang on For Life

September 22nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

A reader writes: “I remember Fancy Fruit Life Savers being my favorites as a boy and I cannot seem to find them anywhere … Discontinued? What’s the story? I’ve seen Tropical Fruits available but rarely … Hmmm” Yes,  you are not imagining things, dear BrandlandUSA Reader. Life Savers are a declining brand, and it has […]

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Tags: Deathwatch