The Ferrara Pan Candy
Company was founded in 1908 by Salvatore Ferrara, an Italian immigrant
who had worked on the Sante Fe Railroad
for four years before opening a pastry and confection
shop in Chicago. His sugar-coated almond
s sold well throughout the Midwest
, and in 1919 he joined his brothers-in-law, Salvatore Buffardi and Anello Pagnano, in a partnership
expanding the range of his manufacturing plant. The plant's site, 2200 West Taylor Street in Chicago, is where the original Ferrara Bakery
remains today. Ferrara Pan is still owned and managed by the Ferrara, Buffardi, and Pagnano families. The "Pan" part of the name derives from the process of panning
, a method of making candy pieces from single units.
Ferrara Pan manufactures Red Hots, Jawbusters, Lemonheads, Atomic Fireballs, Boston Baked Beans, and Black Forest Gummies.
Official website: http://www.ferrarapan.com/