Fannie May Celebrates a Sweet Milestone: 95 Years

Did you know that the very first Fannie May Retail Store was opened in the year 1920 in Chicago? That makes 2015 Fannie May’s 95th anniversary! In honor of this sweet milestone, we’re celebrating by sharing some Fannie May fun facts.


The Origin of Fannie May

  • The founder of Fannie May, H. Teller Archibald, had an old-fashioned vision for the company from the start
  • The name, “Fannie May,” was chosen to give it that old-timey felling
  • The concept of the store was meant to take customers back to a time of small shops with a kindly chocolatier hand-dipping chocolate in the back.

The History of Fannie May

  • The first store was opened by H. Teller Archibald in 1920 at 11 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago
  • By 1935, there were nearly four dozen retail stores in Illinois and several neighboring states.
  • During WWII, while other companies chose to change their recipes when ingredients were scarce, Fannie May stuck with its exact recipes, making only what it could which often meant closing shops early because no more candy was available
  • In 1991, Fannie May began offering sugar-free candy
  • In 1992, Fannie May introduced their elegant truffle line

Fannie May’s Most Well-Known Candy: The Pixie

  • The Pixie was created in 1946, just after WWII
  • Pixies are smooth, buttery caramel over fresh, crunchy pecans, covered in a rich milk chocolate.
  • During the holidays, the milk chocolate Pixies receive a festive makeover with festive red & green stripes.

Looking for more classic Fannie May Fun? Check out the limited-edition collection of 95th Anniversary products for a taste back in time.

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