Nothing triggers our childhood memories easier or faster than candy. It takes us back to the time when we would sneak it, hoard it or beg for it.
Grown-ups used it as a reward, and why wouldn’t they? Even the U.S. Military passed it out to kids in liberated Europe after WWII as a way to win hearts and minds. Did you know that the individually wrapped candy bar was invented after a request from the Department of Defense as a way to get quick energy for soldiers?
The history of the confectionery industry — including Minnesota’s own beloved candy company Pearson’s — is full of intrigue, brand wars and … calories.
Host Angela Davis talked to Steve Almond, author of “Candyfreak,” as well as the vice president of operations at Pearson’s and a chocolatier from Willmar, Minn.
Alex Allen is vice president of operations at Pearson’s Candy.
Julie Culshaw is executive director of Mr. B’s Chocolates based in Willmar, Minn.
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