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For more than a century, Cincinnati's candy industry satisfied our national sweet tooth. Dive into its specialties and past. Stick and drop candies appeared here long before their Civil War popularity. Opera creams, rich fondant-filled chocolate candy brought here by Robert Hiner Putman, provided decadence. Candy corn, which the Goelitz Company introduced to the United Stat For more than a century, Cincinnati's candy industry satisfied our national sweet tooth. Dive into its specialties and past. Stick and drop candies appeared here long before their Civil War popularity. Opera creams, rich fondant-filled chocolate candy brought here by Robert Hiner Putman, provided decadence. Candy corn, which the Goelitz Company introduced to the United States before World War I, remains a ubiquitous treat. Marpro Products created and popularized the marshmallow cone candy. Doscher invented the French Chew and made caramel corn a baseball concession at Redland Field decades before Cracker Jack became synonymous with our national pastime. The city's many Greek and Macedonian immigrants influenced the unique Queen City tradition of finishing a Cincinnati-style "threeway" of spaghetti, chili and cheddar with a chocolate mint. Local food etymologist Dann Woellert tells these stories and more in this delectably sweet history.


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For more than a century, Cincinnati's candy industry satisfied our national sweet tooth. Dive into its specialties and past. Stick and drop candies appeared here long before their Civil War popularity. Opera creams, rich fondant-filled chocolate candy brought here by Robert Hiner Putman, provided decadence. Candy corn, which the Goelitz Company introduced to the United Stat For more than a century, Cincinnati's candy industry satisfied our national sweet tooth. Dive into its specialties and past. Stick and drop candies appeared here long before their Civil War popularity. Opera creams, rich fondant-filled chocolate candy brought here by Robert Hiner Putman, provided decadence. Candy corn, which the Goelitz Company introduced to the United States before World War I, remains a ubiquitous treat. Marpro Products created and popularized the marshmallow cone candy. Doscher invented the French Chew and made caramel corn a baseball concession at Redland Field decades before Cracker Jack became synonymous with our national pastime. The city's many Greek and Macedonian immigrants influenced the unique Queen City tradition of finishing a Cincinnati-style "threeway" of spaghetti, chili and cheddar with a chocolate mint. Local food etymologist Dann Woellert tells these stories and more in this delectably sweet history.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ron Turner

    A great history of candy in Greater Cincinnati, from the old-time shops of yesteryear to the modern Airheads/Mentos factory. I was especially fascinated by the role of Greek immigrants in the industry (Papas opera cream, Aglamesis Brothers ice cream, peppermints in Cincinnati chili parlors).

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