Fannie May, which sells chocolate candies, was founded in 1920, in Chicago, Illinois, by H. Teller Archibald. The recipes have never been altered, even when some ingredients were hard to find during WWII. After the war, the company grew substantially, with more than 50 store locations in the early 1950’s.
The company purchased their largest competitor, Fanny Farmer, in 1992, making the company, at the time, the largest chocolate producer in America. However, in 2002, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy. The company was ultimately purchased by 1-800-Flowers.Com in 2006 for $85 million.
Today, Fannie May operates in 7 states and Canada, with approximately 100 locations. In addition to chocolates, the company also sells coffee, gifts, and a wide range of other chocolate dipped foods including apples and strawberries.