Saturday, July 30, 2011

North Canton Candies


I have been working on a project for Fannie May Candies in North Canton and ran into this wonderful image in the archives. It's a Fannie May Candies Easter billboard in what looks to be Chicago's Loop. Along with Mrs. Snyder's, Fannie May also bought candymaker Fanny Farmer along the way. If you like your candy history complete with all the sordid yet sweet details stay tuned for this new project in North Canton, Ohio.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Destination Food: Italy via Chicago

Last May, I was interviewed by a trio of thoughtful Italian journalists. They were exploring food in the United States.  Their project took them to Detroit to explore community gardens and to Cleveland to taste beer. Along the way they stopped in Chicago to discuss one of my favorite topics. We met at the University of Chicago where my confectionery exhibit was on display. We discussed American candy but all I really wanted to do was hear about confetti, Leone and my favorite Italian licorice. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

We Love Trade Cards


Sometimes, however, they start to blend together and all the cupids, frolicking children and flowers make for a generic looking business card straight from the stock book-- circa late 1800. Other times, they are perfectly sweet. Check out this link if you'd like to add some to your collection!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lady Bird and Lobster Tail: Estonian Candy


One of the first things that I gravitate towards while traveling is local food. Candy, of all foods is, of course, a reflection of culture. Estonia is part German, Swedish and Russian but always so very Baltic. In Estonian Komm means sweet, candy.