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Chase & Poe Candy Co.

PO BOX 698
St Joseph, MO 64502
Company Information:
Chase Candy Company has been making great candy since 1876.
We first introduced the Cherry Mash in 1918.

It all started in 1876, the year America celebrated its 100th birthday, General Custer ran into trouble at the Little Big Horn and Alexander Graham Bell made his famous telephone call to Mr. Watson. In St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Busch was brewing his first batch of beer.

Meanwhile, across the state in the busy river town of St. Joseph, Dr. George Washington Chase faced a dilemma. In those days it was difficult raising a family on a doctor’s meager wages. Drawing upon his previous experiences while growing up back East, Chase decided to open a fruit and produce business.

His teenage son Ernest persuaded him to hire two expert candy makers. The idea was to set up a candy factory on the second floor of the store. The idea worked and before long the demand for Chase’s fine confections forced the family to devote all of their talents to candy making. Over the years Chase became known throughout the Midwest for its fine quality peanut candies and hand-dipped chocolates.

Around 1918 Chase formulated what was to become the best selling cherry candy bar in the country, Cherry Mash. The candy consisted of a quarter pound mound of chopped roasted peanuts blended with chocolate coating over a smooth cherry fondant center. Interestingly the candy was called Cherry Chase then Cherry Chaser before becoming the Cherry Mash we know today.

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