Don't Get Tricked by Halloween Treats
One thing you could always count on living in America was some really good domestically manufactured candy. As a country we produced virtually every piece of candy we ate leading to a booming manufacturing business in places like Chicago, IL, a place affectionately known as "The Candy Capital of the World". However, this long assured reality of American commerce is not so reliable any more. While much of the candy sitting on store shelves this trick or treat season is still "Made in the USA", a lot of it has been outsourced to China and Mexico, including just about every bag of candy corn on the market.
In fact, to add insult to injury, Brach's, a company headquartered in the candy capital Chicago with the self-proclaimed slogan "America's Candy Maker", has outsourced all candy corn production to Mexico, and with it American jobs. However, there are still a couple places making it the right way - right here in the USA.
Zachary Confections - Based in Frankfort, Indiana, Zachary is one of the last remaining candy corn manufacturers in the United States. Using top of the line custom equipment, state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and domestically sourced ingredients, they are a true testament to the quality of American made. Family owned since 1950, they continue to produce some of America's best candy corn.
Jelly Belly - Based in Fairfield, California, Jelly Belly is likely best known for their gourmet jelly beans that can be found in supermarkets and stores across the globe. However, they also make a wide variety of other candies, including everyone's seasonal favorite candy corn. Available in individual and bulk quantities, they are a sure fire way to get your house feeling, and tasting, a bit more like the Fall.
So next time you're in the candy isle don't get tricked by Brach's and their imported candy corn. Instead, grab a real American treat from Zachary Confections or Jelly Belly!
If you know of any other American made candy corn brands, please be sure to share them in the comments! Also, for more great American candy makers please check out the Food & Candy section on our website.