F.B. Washurn, Brockton, Massachusetts
Where Was the First Ribbon Candy Invented?
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By Virginia A. Lutz, eHow Contributor
Credit is given to F.B. Washurn for inventing the first ribbon candy in Brockton, Massachusetts, in a small area within the Washburn Bakery.
A few of the other first products of Washburn were the coconut bar and the peanut bar. F.B. Washburn is one of the oldest known candy makers in the United States and has established a firm foundation in the New England area.
Ribbon candy has been around since at least 1856. F.B. Washburn’s popular coconut bar cookie prompted him to look into candy making. Because of ribbon candy’s success, Washburn added sour balls, peppermint starlights and lollipops to his repertoire. In 1986, Washburn purchased Sevigny’s Candy and became the nation’s major provider of ribbon candy. In 2009, Washburn Candy occupies five floors in a 150,000-square-foot building.
Ribbon candy is a hard candy, typically between 4 and 6 inches long and about 1 inch thick. Some companies make round ribbon candy. Flavors include peppermint, cinnamon, bubble gum, lime, berry and peanut butter.
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