Chicago's Sweet Candy History​ with Leslie Goddard

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Registration for this event will close on February 13, 2024 @ 7:00pm.
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Baby Ruth, Milk Duds, Juicy Fruit, Cracker Jack, Milky Way, Tootsie Roll, Lemonheads - whatever your favorite candy may be, chances are it came from Chicago. For much of its history, the city churned out an astonishing one third of all candy produced in the United States. Join historian Leslie Goddard to learn the history of these tasty treats and explore what made Chicago such an ideal location for candymakers. Find out why immigrants played a critical role in confectionery history, discover how Baby Ruth and Milk Dud got their names, and take a fun “candy quiz.” It’s delicious fun!


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This is a virtual event hosted on Zoom.

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