This jar of candy is from the 1930s and was produced and packaged by the Peerless Confectionary Company, manufacturer of hard candy from 1924 to 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. This jar was sold at Ott’s Candy, located at 418 Main Street.
William F. Ott opened his candy store in 1907 and worked alongside his wife, Etha, to run a successful business. Ice cream and candy was made in the back of the store, although, based on the jar above, the store also sold items made elsewhere. The store had real marble on the counters and the edges of the mirrors according to Margaret Dabney Walker, a former store employee. Candy cases lined the walls and the sweet scent of candy pervaded the store.
Follow this link for more information on Ott’s Candy Store, in a previous blog.
While you may not be able to buy any candy at Ott’s, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate National Hard Candy Day with a piece of your favorite sugary treat!
The information presented in this article is compiled using research conducted by the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center.