Toronto, birthplace of the Crispy Crunch
Rockets, which are called Smarties south of the border, are still produced in Newmarket, but back in 1963 they were manufactured en masse from the Ce De Candy location, founded by Edward Dee, on Queen Street West, now home to the Candy Factory Lofts.
On nearby Gladstone Avenue, Cadbury, a British company, has been producing delicious chocolate bars and assorted bites of goodness since 1904 and has long been a favourite stopover for munchkins out trick-or-treating in the area. Although the company operates in many countries around the world, T.O. is notable as the birthplace of the Crispy Crunch in 1930, as the result of an employee competition.
But they aren’t the only chocolatiers with a rich history in Toronto. In 1913, the first Laura Secord candy shop opened up on Yonge Street. The shop was founded by Toronto’s Frank O’Connor.
The Kerr’s Bros. Ltd. candy company was founded in 1895 in St. Thomas, Ont., but moved to Toronto in 1904. Kerr’s is well-known for its cellophane-wrapped hard candies but is also rather (in)famous for its tooth-pulling molasses taffy candies that are ubiquitous around Halloween, despite the protestations of many in the dental community. Ahem.
Maybe parents should stop sweating the candy splurge this month and turn it into a history lesson. Kids love history!
Laura Secord started small in Toronto but now has more than 100 retail outlets across the country