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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, America's Oldest Candy Company


Salem, MA - The company dates back to 1806, when an English woman named Spencer was shipped wrecked and ended up in Salem. When her neighbors learned that Mrs. Spencer knew how to make candy they all got together and purchased for her a barrel of sugar. Her first candy was the "Salem Gibralter," said to be the first candy made and sold commercially in America and carried around the world by sea captains and their crew.
She originally sold her candy on the steps of the First Church but as the candies popularity grew she started selling to the surrounding towns by horse and wagon.
When Mrs. Spencer died her son carried on the business until about 1830. Her son decided to return to England and the company was then sold to a John William Pepper. John Pepper added Black Jack (an all natural stick candy made from black strap molasses).

Info: http://www.yeoldepeppercandy.com/

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Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, America's Oldest Candy Company

4 Comments:

At 8:06 AM, Blogger Chana said...

oh awesome. i'm smarter already, thank you. i love the part where her neighbours all shipped in to purchased her the barrel. now that is a community and neighbours. how wonderful. i wish we still had that sense of needing to help others and lend a hand..thank you, i quite enjoed this.

 
At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Rhea said...

I always stop there when I am in Salem.

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very rude and obnoxious lady works here! My daughter bought some candy coins that were marked for $2 but when my son went to pay for his, she discovered that she had marked the candy for the wrong price. She not only charged my son $6 for the same mis-marked coins;but,she actually told my daughter “I can’t let those go for that price” and took the candy from my daughter and returned her money.
Excuse me but if YOU mark an item wrong and someone purchases that item for the marked price then it’s YOUR FAULT and you should own up to your mistake,not take it out on a 10 year old!
Stay away from this ripoff that calls itself a candy store….there are plenty of other candy stores in town that have FRIENDLY people working behind the counter.
$6.00 for candy coins pffffft!

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't care for staff but the candy was good albeit not a bargain.

 

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