June 20, 2013 • 08:09:49 a.m.

'Sweet Home Chicago' exhibit, lecture to unwrap candy history


Exhibit coming to West Chicago City Museum will tell the story of the candy industry in the Chicago area. (Photo provided)

The West Chicago City Museum digs into "Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital" from June 19 to Aug. 24. The traveling exhibit from the Elmhurst Historical Museum tells the story of the candy industry in the Chicago area. West Chicago’s own sweet treat producers also will be featured.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Leslie Goddard will present “Chicago’s Sweet Candy History” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main St.

For much of its history, Chicago produced about one-third of the nation’s candy. The city has called itself the Candy Capital of America since the turn of the century. Familiar names of candies made or invented here include Brach's caramels, Mars Snickers bars, Wrigley's gum, Cracker Jack, Curtiss Baby Ruth bars, Tootsie Rolls, Frango Mints and Dove chocolates.

Audience members will learn some of the history behind the treats and explore what made Chicago such a power base for candymakers.

The presentation is based on Goddard's book, "Chicago's Sweet Candy History," published by Arcadia Publishing in 2012. Book sales and signings will be available in conjunction with the talk.

Space for the lecture is limited, so reservations are suggested by calling 630-231-3376 or emailing

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