As a final activity on the study of chocolate by fifth grade students at Cornell Middle School, students were invited to visit McKeesport Candy Co. to view first hand a candy warehouse and see how it operates. The project blossomed after students read ''Chocolate Fever'' by Robert Kimmel Smith and Jon H.Prince, owner of McKeesport Candy Co., thought a warehouse tour would be a ''special reward'' for their hard work.

Facts about Candy

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Welcome to our Facts About Candy section! It’s like school without the tests, without the #2 pencils, without the awkward desks, but with all of the sweet rewards that learning something new brings.

Backed by one of the oldest candy wholesalers in the nation, we at have seen confectionary trends come and go with time and tide, and we have been carrying retro candies long before they were considered retro (click here to read more about our unique history).

In the past few years, we have witnessed a resurgence of popular interest in candy and because of that, we have compiled resources aimed at increasing your candy IQ and general knowledge about the American confectionery experience. In addition to information listed here, we have sprinkled our website with fun bits and pieces such as the history of favorite candies, candy company history, and vintage advertisements to accompany product listings.

On the pages in this section you will find a Candy Timeline that walks you through, year by year, the development of the American candy scene. Chocolate fanatics should be sure to study our Chocolate Facts page, and, because retro is our speciality, we’ve also assembled two Nostalgic Candy Ads pages and one with Retro Candy TV Commercials.

Everybody will enjoy the History of Candy page, which features stories about some of America’s most iconic candy treats. Read over The History of the Candy Bar, the History of Jelly Beans, and the History of Chewing Gum, for example, (all available in the History of Candy section) and you will see that sweet treats have been a part of human culture for hundreds of years. Chewing gum, in fact, has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. The history of candy demonstrates that people have always enjoyed taking time out to savor something sweet, and we are proud to help our customers continue the tradition today.

We are in the business of making people happy, one piece of candy at a time, one fun candy fact at a time, one memory of a candy favorite at a time. That said, we hope you enjoy our little candy university as much as we do. Forget Napoleon (even though he was said to always carry chocolate with him and believed an army “marches on its stomach”), forget the history of European colonization, this is the fun stuff, so sit down for a bit and see what you learn.