How Chicago became the candy capital of America

Rollye James

Halloween candy and decorations are displayed at a store, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Freeport, Maine. U.S. sales of In this year of the pandemic, with trick-or-treating still an uncertainty, Halloween candy were up 13% over last year in the month ending Sept. 6, according to data from market research firm IRI and the National Confectioners Association. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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“Candy Historian” isn’t a common title, but Dr. Leslie Goddard holds it proudly. With an all-encompassing knowledge of sweet treats, she joins Rollye James for a lesson in how Chicago evolved into the capital of candy culture and where some of our favorite sugary snacks came from.

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