Jon Prince — President
“Basically, we live in tenuous times . . . and people want to be nostalgic . . . at a price that doesn't cost an arm and a leg,” said [Jon H.] Prince, whose company, founded in 1927, is one of the oldest candy distributors in the country.
“Candy serves as a metaphor; you are buying a piece of the past.”- Florida Today, October 19, 2005
As the Founder of CandyFavorites.com and the third generation of ownership at McKeesport Candy Co., I have grown up in the candy industry and watched trends come and go.
Trends aside, the passion for retro candy remains strong, which I think is because retro candy represents a link to our childhood, when times were easier and more carefree. Our industry has constantly changed, yet it remains very much the same because we’re still in the business of selling a product that delights people.
Building the Internet’s largest candy store is a fun challenge—during the process I have learned about the history of a product that brings joy to many. Like the cobbler’s children who go without shoes, I rarely find myself eating candy. However, every so often, I’ll indulge in a personal favorite such as Boston Baked Beans, Licorice Bridge Mix, Reese Peanut Butter Cups or good old fashioned Junior Mints.