5) Red Hots
Salvatore Ferrara emigrated from Naples, Italy to New York in 1900. The Ferrara family had been bakers in Italy and in 1908 moved from New York to Chicago’s “Little Italy” and opened a bakery. When they realized candy was out selling baked goods, they began experimenting with panned candies and Red Hots were born. Ferrara partnered with Salvatore Buffardi and Anello Pagano, his two brothers-in-law. They built a two-story brick building at 2200 W. Taylor and got to work making candy. The Ferrara Company changed hands a few times over the years eventually ending up under the Brach’s banner. Some of Brach’s famous candies include Lemonheads, Chuckles, Atomic Fireball, Jawbuster and Now and Later (Brach’s version of Good N Plenty).
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