Talk of The Town: October 2019
Sweet Home Chicago
We all know that Chicago is a sweet place to live, and this month we’re celebrating all things indulgent! From some minty-fresh candy history to the best spots to take a bite out of the sweet life, we’re diving into some sugarcoated fun.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Indulge in a little something delicious at one of these Chicagoland shops guaranteed to satisfy any craving.
Margie’s Candies– Since it opened in 1921, Margie’s Candies has been
a destination for homemade sundaes, decadent shakes, and hand-dipped candies. A throwback to the ice cream shoppes of yore, Margie’s is a Chicago institution not to be missed. 1960 N Western Ave and 1813 W Montrose Ave
XO Marshmallow– Specializing in handcrafted marshmallows, bespoke hot cocoa mixes and so much more, this spot is the perfect place to take a bite out of something sweet. XO Marshmallow is home to the world’s first marshmallow café, featuring tasty bites in fun flavors like bourbon, salted caramel, and lavender honey. 6977 N Sheridan Rd
Long Grove Confectionery– Known for their buttery smooth chocolates, crunchy barks and brittles, and rich caramels, Long Grove Confectionary has a proud tradition of handcrafted chocolates. Take a tour of their facilities or visit their Chicago factory store to sample some goods. Tours: 333 Lexington Dr, Buffalo Grove Chicago Factory Store: 3407 N Kimball Ave
Dulcelandia– With a seemingly endless assortment of sweets from across Mexico, Dulcelandia offers over 1,000 varieties of Latin American confections. Try something sweet and spicy, like a chili covered lollipop, or savor one of Mexico’s most popular snacks—Duvalín. 3855 W Fullerton Ave
Katherine Anne Confections– On the hunt for one-of-a-kind handcrafted sweets? Specializing in decadent truffles and ingenious flavor combinations, Katherine Anne Confections boasts an expansive menu of artisan confections. They even host private truffle-making classes and demos, complete with cocktail pairings by request. 2745 W Armitage Ave
Candyality– Home to just about any candy you can think of, Candyality draws on the colorful past of the penny candy counter to create a truly unique sweet experience. This quaint shop features a huge selection of throwback treats from bubble gum cigarettes to the classic Charleston Chew. Visit candyality.com for multiple locations
Get Your Sugar Fix
Some of the most iconic delectable treats are made in Chicago. Check out our top
10 favorites from the Windy City.
9. Blommer Chocolate
8. Brach’s Candy Corn
7. Brach’s Caramels
6. Cracker Jack
4. Tootsie Roll
3. Wrigley Gum
2. Frango Mint Chocolates
3 Facts About The Twinkie
Invented just outside of Chicago by James Dewar in 1930, manager of the Continental Baking Company, the Twinkie has become a pop culture icon.
- Dreamed up as a way to use strawberry shortcake pans out of season, Dewar’s first cake was filled with banana cream—until the banana rationing of WWII. The new flavor—vanilla—was such a hit they never went back.
- Twinkies have graced the silver screen many times over the years, but perhaps one of the most famous examples was in 1984’s Ghostbusters. In the scene, Egon Spengler uses a Twinkie to explain psychokinetic energy.
- In 1999, President Bill Clinton included a Twinkie in the National Millennium Time Capsule. This time capsule is set to be opened in 2099!
A Tasty Past
Chicago is known for its sweet tooth. Take a dip into the city’s sugary sweet past to find out why we’re known as the candy capital of the world!
1884– The National Confectioners Association was formed in Chicago, originally representing 69 candy companies and helping to advance manufacturing standards in the United States. Today, the group is one of the oldest and most well-respected trade associations in the world, and still holds its annual Sweets and Snacks Expo in the city each year.
1893– The World’s Columbian Exposition saw the introduction of some of the world’s most iconic candy brands, including Juicy Fruit Gum! Creator William Wrigley Jr. started giving his customers gum as an incentive for their purchase of baking soda—his original product—but he switched businesses when he realized the popularity of his gum.
1904– Emil Brach, founder of Brach’s Confections, opened his first store with one large cooking vat. By 1923, he had four candy factories operating at capacity.
1919– The first Ferrara Pan Candy Company factory opened along Taylor Street. The company is still local, and produces well-known treats like Lemonheads and Red Hots.
1920– The first Fannie May store opened in the Loop. Founded by H. Teller Archibald, this Chicago staple grew quickly to nearly four dozen shops across the Midwest by 1935. This year also saw the introduction of the first Baby Ruth bar!
1929– With production starting on the 13th floor of the Marshall Field’s on State Street, Frango Mint Chocolates were introduced to the world. Today, in commemoration of the store’s history, a small batch is still produced on-site.