(named after my dad!)
After my Dad got out of the Army he went back to Youngstown where he grew up. He was selling furniture in a furniture store. In 1949 he and his brother-in-law started Family Treats, a wholesale candy company.
They bought candy in bulk and bagged it under their label. If you come to my office you will see the old printer blocks that were used to make every candy label that “headed” the top of each bag. Everything from Hershey kisses to French burnt peanuts were bagged under the Family Treats label. Two of my least favorite candies were Circus Peanuts (a marshmallow confection) and Starlight Mints.
My summer job was to measure and weigh each bag of candy; I tasted every kind we sold. Taste testing was not part of my job description but I did it anyway, every day. When we were bagging a candy I particularly did not like, I would ask my Dad, WHY? Why do you sell this candy?
The answer would always be the same. My Dad was a chocolate expert and as you know an Oreo fanatic. Every time I would ask the WHY question, he would answer in the same way: “If I sold only the candy I liked we would be broke”.
While in Chicago I always stop in Dylan Lauren’s store, Dylan’s Candy Bar. There are hundreds if not thousands of different candy to purchase. I wonder if she likes every kind she sells or sells kinds she does not like.