Cincinnati Candy: A Sweet History

Cincinnati Candy: A Sweet History

by Dann Woellert


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For more than a century, Cincinnati's candy industry satisfied our national sweet tooth. Stick and drop candies appeared here long before their Civil War popularity. Opera creams, rich fondant-filled chocolate candy brought here by Robert Hiner Putman, provided decadence. Candy corn, which the Goelitz Company introduced to the United States before World War I, remains a ubiquitous treat. Marpro Products created and popularized the marshmallow cone candy. Doscher invented the French Chew and made caramel corn a baseball concession at Redland Field decades before Cracker Jack became synonymous with our national pastime. The city's many Greek and Macedonian immigrants influenced the unique Queen City tradition of finishing a Cincinnati-style "threeway" of spaghetti, chili and cheddar with a chocolate mint. Local food etymologist Dann Woellert tells these stories and more in this delectably sweet history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467137959
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/06/2017
Series: American Palate
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,145,012
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dann Woellert has been in the product marketing world for more than a decade. The way to his heart is through of Dutch black licorice and Green Tea Kit Kats. He writes the blog Dann Woellert the Food Etymologist, which discusses the origins of local and regional foods. Dann is affiliated with the Cincinnati Preservation Association, the German American Citizens League, the Over-the-Rhine Museum, the Brewery District and several local historical societies. He is a four-time recipient of the Ohioana Award for Literary and Artistic Achievement.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

1 Cincinnati Candytown 13

2 The Early Cincinnati Candy Barons 20

3 The Formation of the National Confectioners Association 38

4 The Doscher Candy Company: Cincinnati's Oldest Confectionery 43

5 Mullane's: Made with Loving Care for More than 140 Years 55

6 Prominent Cincinnati Chocolate Companies 66

7 The Goelitz Company and the Birth of Candy Corn 77

8 Between Acts: The Cincinnati Opera Cream Story 92

9 Solving the National Crisis: "Chronic Halitosis" 112

10 Cincinnati's Role in Sweetest Day 120

11 Roscoe E. Rodda: The Inventor of the Peep and His Time in Cincinnati 125

12 A Peppermint Patty and a Threeway: Cincinnati Greeks in the Candy Industry 134

13 Ninety Years of Black Licorice in Cincinnati 156

14 Greater Cincinnati Candy Today 162

Selected Bibliography 181

Index 189

About the Author 192

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