Don't Be Tricked: These Halloween Treats Are Made in America
Just Born Candy Company
Just Born Candy has been producing sweets since 1923. Still run by the Born family, it is known for Hot Tamales (America's favorite sugar-cinnamon candy), marshmallow Peeps (the country's top non-chocolate selection for Easter), Mike and Ike fruity candy and Teenee Beanee jelly beans. A 2003 merger with Goldenberg's added Peanut Chews to the list -- while keeping Goldenberg's factory operational in Philadelphia. All products are American-made (mostly at the company's headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) and sold at stores and www.peepsandcompany.com.
Spangler Candy started out in 1906 as a bakery. Through acquisitions and internal growth, the Bryan, Ohio, company today now makes Dum Dums (maybe with a mystery flavor), Circus Peanuts (peanut shape, but no peanuts), Smarties, Saf-T-Pops and candy canes. You can tour the Bryan factory and adjacent museum. Some Spangler products are produced in Canada and Mexico.
Hammond's Candies has been operating since 1920 and offers free tours of its Denver factory. It lists 17 types of candies on its website, including all-natural items, in many colors. Most are sold under the Hammond name, but its products also include McCraw's flat taffy, Sugar Babies and Oh Henry! bars. Its nostalgia line includes This Built America subject Idaho Candy Company's Idaho Spud. Some items are made outside the U.S.
Goetze's Candy began in Baltimore in 1895 as Baltimore Chewing Gum. "A century later, Caramel Creams and Cow Tales are still made at the same building in Baltimore," the company says. Five generations of the family have led the firm, with a dedicated nut-free facility. As part of its community involvement, it supports Operation Welcome Home Maryland, the Boy Scouts and Team Baltimore Racing.
And finally, there's the big one: Hershey's. But global reach notwithstanding, the chocolate giant strives for close-to-market freshness and aims to use local products as much as possible. "Products are made close to market, and the vast majority of what we sell in the United States is made here," said Jeff Beckman, spokesman for the firm, headquartered in Hersey, Pennsylvania. Its candy lines include Almond Joy, Breath Savers, Brookside, Bubble Yum, Dagoba, Heath, Hershey Bars, Ice Breakers, Kit Kat, Krackel, Lancaster Caramels, Mauna Loa, Milk Duds, Mounds, Mr. Goodbar, Reese's Pieces, Rolo, Scharffen Berger, Skor, Take 5, Twizzlers, Whatchamacallit, Whoppers malted milk balls, York peppermint patties, Zagnut and Zero. It also operates nine Chocolate World attractions.