Ganong

By David Folster

Ganong
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Nothing says love like a box of delectable chocolates. And selling love is how Ganong, famous for its century-old Delecto brand, became one of the world's leading candy-makers. Ganong: A Sweet History of Chocolate is an illustrated history of the family and its business, from ... Read more


Overview

Nothing says love like a box of delectable chocolates. And selling love is how Ganong, famous for its century-old Delecto brand, became one of the world's leading candy-makers. Ganong: A Sweet History of Chocolate is an illustrated history of the family and its business, from its humble beginnings in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, to its current niche in a world dominated by super-sized conglomerates.

For more than 130 years, the company has amassed an impressive list of firsts: it concocted the first All-day Sucker, the five-cent chocolate nut bar, and that Maritime Christmas favourite — the Chicken Bone. Ganong was one of the first companies to sell boxed chocolates, and it was the first company in Canada to use the heart-shaped chocolate box, first for Christmas and later for Valentine's Day.

Along with the colour reproductions of many of Ganong's packaging and marketing materials from days gone by, author David Folster has selected a rich array of archival photographs of the original Ganong factory (now a retail outlet and museum) and the many loyal employees who have contributed to the sweet success of this company.

David Folster

David Folster is a journalist, social historian, and heritage and conservation activist. He has written for a wide assortment of magazines and newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Sports Illustrated, Canadian Geographic, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has also been a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and Television programs. He is the author of The Great Trees of New Brunswick and The Chocolate Ganongs of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, a narrative history of the business that was shortlisted for the 1990 Canadian Business Book of the Year Award. Mr. Folster is fascinated by history, particularly New Brunswick history, at which he has spent "an irresponsible around of time." He believes his native province is still the "unknown province in what was once called the Unknown Country." He lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Reviews

"It's a well-done book, with wonderful illustrations and a format which really appeals to the casual reader." — Candyaddict.com

"Nearly as irresistible as the candy itself." — Vancouver Sun

"A fascinating study of a company whose name is emblematic of Canada." — Antiques & Collectibles Showcase

"A charming confection." — Canadian Press

"It's a well-done book, with wonderful illustrations and a format which really appeals to the casual reader." — Candyaddict.com

"A fascinating study of a company whose name is emblematic of Canada." — Antiques & Collectibles Showcase

"Nearly as irresistible as the candy itself." — Vancouver Sun

"A charming confection." — Canadian Press

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