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FANNY MAY CANDY COMPANY. In 1920 H. Teller Archibald opened the first Fannie May shop at 11 North LaSalle Street in Chicago. Fifteen years later in 1935, Fannie May had opened 48 stores in Illinois and its surrounding states in the Midwest. During WORLD WAR II, the ingredients for Fannie May's recipes were hard to acquire, but they chose to not change their recipes, while other competitors did. By sticking with the exact recipes, often the shops had to be closed early because no more candy was available that day. Fannie May's vision was to create handmade, delectable chocolates, without ever compromising the taste of the candy.

In 1946, Fannie May created its most well-known candy to date, the "Pixie." In the 1970s and 1980s Fannie May continued to develop new candy flavors with the introduction of "Trinidad" in 1970, and the creation of "Eggnog Creams" in 1989. In 1991, Fannie May made the decision to make some of their candy with sugar-free chocolate, which made it available to diabetics and dieters.

In attempt to reach all consumers, Fannie May became allergy conscious. They carry candy without gluten, gelatin, milk, honey, oil(s), wheat, eggs, etc. Fannie May even lists the health benefits of eating dark chocolate. The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America certified many of Fannie May's products to be kosher as well.

Fannie May has been partners with a couple Chicago sports teams, since they are based in Illinois and founded in Chicago. Fannie May was a sponsor of the Chicago Blackhawks. For a while, Fannie May played upon the hockey team's slogan creating, "Fannie May Strong One Team, One Goal". The Blackhawks store in downtown Chicago on North Michigan Avenue at one point had a Fannie May shop underneath it.

In early 2016, Fannie May decided to sponsor another famous Chicago team. They became partners with the 2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs announced before the 2016 season that Wrigley Field was undergoing some changes, but would be up and running before the home opener. One of these changes included a marketing opportunity for Fannie may. Replacing the Budweiser Suite is the Fannie May Bleacher Suite. Wrigley Field's largest luxury suite holds roughly 70-100 people and gives them a view of center field.

As the official chocolate of the Chicago Cubs, Fannie May introduced a line of Cubs candy.

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