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 and a type called “peppermint starlights.” During the Depression, the business struggled and a fellow named Harry Gilson took over the company, eventually bringing in his brother Sam.
In 1986, they purchased Sevigny’s, the only other maker of ribbon candy, and kept the brand name. The company is now run by Doug and Jim Gilson.