Chicago's Sweet Candy History

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Celebrate National Gumdrop Day with a delightful exploration of Chicago's sweet history lead by historian Leslie Godard. Uncover the fascinating story behind the Windy City's candy legacy, where for most of its history, Chicago produced a third of the nation's confections. Discover the iconic candies that originated here, from Snickers and Milky Way bars to Wrigley's gum, Cracker Jack, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Tootsie Rolles, and Frango Mints. Learn how immigrants played a critical role in shaping confectionery history, how Baby Ruth and Milk Duds got their names, and test your sweets knowledge with a fun candy quiz.