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Ask anyone on the street if they’ve ever heard of Brach’s candy and they’ll probably think of those infamous bulk bins in the grocery store. Or, they may sing you a little jingle, “Stop where you are, buy a Brach’s candy bar.” But do you know how it all began?
As it turns out, Brach’s is almost 110 years old, as the first store was opened all the way back in 1904. Brach’s was created by a German immigrant by the name of Emil J. Brach. And, believe it or not, the store in 1904 was his second attempt at starting a candy business. His first, in the late 1800s, was a complete failure.
The first Brach products were caramels, made in the back of the store and displayed at the front as a way to lure in customers. And lure them in it did! Between 1906 and 1913, the Chicago-based company had to move locations three times to keep up with expansion due to high demand.
It’s no surprise that they were so popular, too! Brach’s has always prided itself on quality, being the first candy company to institute what we might call quality control on candies coming off the line.
Back in the day, Brach shipped his candies by horse, car, mail, and train. So you could have your candies, no matter how near or far you were to the store. That dedication to customer satisfaction is one of the main reasons Brach’s has stayed in business for so long.
The Brachs kept the business in the family for a long time, too, only selling to a non-family buyer in 1966. But the change in ownership didn’t change anything about the taste! Those Chocolate Stars are still sure to be as good as you remember.
Today, Brach’s abandoned factory has some film credit fame to its name, as it became Gotham Hospital in the 2008 movie, The Dark Knight. Cool, right? And since you can’t make delicious confections in a decaying building, you can rest assured knowing that your Brach’s candies are made safely in Texas by company Farley’s & Sathers.
Brach’s is truly a company for the ages. What started as a niche has exploded into a huge candy empire, reaching sweet tooths, everywhere.
It’s amazing that, at the same time, we’re enjoying the final luscious corn cobs of summer and gearing up for Halloween. We know — you don’t want to talk about the end of summer. But Halloween is a guilty pleasure of a holiday that marks the kickoff of celebration season. And to better prepare you for stocking up on the “fruitcake of Halloween,” we offer our guide to classic and contemporary candy corns.
Brach’s is the only classic candy-corn flavor that’s true to tradition. This is the kind of corn you remember from your childhood (you know, when you liked to break apart the flavors)! It’s the most popular candy corn in the world.
Make a subtle twist with classic candy-corn that has a chocolaty burst at the end. Brach’s Indian Corn is a simple way to add some color and flavor (or even flair) to your Halloween treats. Use the leftovers to round out your festive Thanksgiving decor.
This tasty twist on candy corn is best eaten in one bite. Its popcorn flavor is shockingly close to the real thing! These Milk Maid Caramel candy corns are a great way to please adults and less-conventional candy eaters this Halloween.
Even chocoholics can enjoy candy corn this Halloween! This chocolate-and-caramel corn will add color and excitement to your treats. And with just 140 calories and zero fat per 19-piece serving, they provide guilt-free chocolaty goodness!
A pretty exciting addition to the candy-corn universe, Brach’s Caramel Apple Candy Corn has a satisfyingly tart apple flavor (reminiscent of Caramel Apple Cow Tales) combined with a caramel-corn base. Eat the whole piece for a bursting blend of flavors, or separate the top and bottom to savor each of them separately.
Don’t let the name fool you — these soft candy corns won’t stick to your teeth. This twist on candy corn packs robust classic flavor into a melt-in-your-mouth gummy candy! They taste just like the real thing, but they’re more fun to eat. Make your Halloween and Thanksgiving treats more exciting and little-kid friendly with gummy kernels of candy corn.
So stock up on the basics. Buy in bulk. Don’t miss out on the million things you can do with candy corn, whether you eat it or not. Personally, I’m working on a candy-corn mural. If you do something interesting with yours, let us know. We might just feature you on our site.
Denture Danger: 5
Sweet, almost too sweet, cruncharific, colorful, malty, chocolatey, candy covered, (but mostly malty); these Brach’s Pastel Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs are perfect for the Easter Fiesta.
These eggs are a malted mouthful and they are made with “Real Milk Chocolate.” (I sure hope it’s real! I didn’t realize candy companies had to inform the consumer that we were purchasing real chocolate; I would only assume that a chocolate candy being made from real chocolate be an implicit rule).
Though a few at a time make this candy seem utterly delectable, after you pass the threshold of the Pastel Fiesta Malted Milk Eggs it’s time to pass the bag on and come back later. Make sure to mix these pastel speckled eggs into the Easter basket this March to spice up the holiday with a little variety and lot of color.
Denture Danger: 8
Jelly Nougats. They don’t have the most appealing name, but this white nougat with multicolored jelly pieces within it might surprise you in what’s most important, it’s taste. Each color of jelly candy adds a unique flavor and texture to the sweet base nougat flavor.
I don’t understand how this chewy gummy candy can be called the same thing as the fluffy chocolate inside of a Milky Way, but I guess a nougat can be made more than one way. And indeed it can. Nougat is a French treat and there are two kinds. White nougat is made with whipped egg whites and sugar or honey.
Often nuts such as almonds, pistachios, or walnuts are added. Brown nougat is usually crunchier than white and is made with caramelized sugar. My guess is that both the chocolate nougat in the Milky Way and this chewy nougat are white nougat, but are made with different ingredients to establish different textures and tastes.
These candies remind me of playing dreidel on Hannukah. For those of you that have not had the opportunity to play this awesome game, it is basically a game where you spin a top and depending on what letter it lands on you either have to put candy into the pile or take candy out.
You don’t have to play with candy, but the candy is what really creates the motivation to play. I don’t know why these jelly nougats were in the mixture of candies we played with, they definitely aren’t the most popular candy, but they did help to create a memory. When we would have to put one of our candies into the pile it would usually be one of the jelly nougats. I think we were a little intimidated by the strange colors mixed into this candy that we had never seen or eaten before.
All it took was one brave soul to take the first bite of this unfamiliar candy to reassure us that it wasn’t poison and that, in fact, it was pretty good. So, if you are going to play dreidel or just want to try out a new candy, give these jelly nougats a try. Their sweet, soft, chewiness won’t disappoint an open mind.
EDITORS NOTE: So popular are these candies that Brach’s introduced an Easter classic called Brach’s Jelly Bean Nougats. An interesting candy and definately worth trying
Denture Danger: 10 (unless you can resist the temptation to chew it)
Brach’s Ice Blue Mint Coolers are an enjoyable and effective candy mint. They are great for many reasons. Firstly, they are blue. It isn’t often that you get a peppermint candy in a translucent blue color, quite aesthetically pleasing. Secondly, they are individually wrapped.
Forget the tic tacs that make it sound like you have a maraca in your pocket. These are conveniently wrapped so that you can throw them into your purse or pocket and munch one down before your date or job interview. Thirdly, you definitely get more of a breath mint effect from the ice blue mint than from the Starbrite peppermint.
The Starbrite peppermint is tasty and sweeter than the blue ice, but it doesn’t give you the same minty cool breath that the blue mint coolers do. Not to say blue mints are so intense that it hurts your teeth just to breathe.
If you want a mint for the primary purpose of eating a candy, choose the Starbrite peppermint (which would also great plopped in a cup of hot chocolate). If you want a mint for the primary purpose of having a minty fresh breath, go with the blue coolers. Enjoy!