I AM IN THE MID WEST AND THERE IS A TOWN CALLED LEBANON!!!
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October 17th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
CHOCOLATE, ICE CREAM, AND MANY ROAD BILLBOARDS OF "BASS PRO SHOPS and SHEPARD OF THE HILLS" ads
One the way to Branson on the 44, I wanted to stop over to RUSSEL STOVER’S CHOCOLATE OUTLET. There was ice cream too. I wanted a snack as well. I knew also they carried sugar free chocolates and candies. I wanted to indulge :P
I was In chocolate heaven when I entered. There were signs everywhere “EAT CHOCOALTE. BE HAPPY” there was sample of the side near the shopping carts. The whole back section was all low carb, sugar free and weight watchers candies and chocolates.
I looked around until I went to the front and I saw fudge and ice cream. I bee lined to the ice cream and I saw sugar free butter pecan. I ordered one scoop and the lady gave me a generous size scoop, I was huge and tall. I saw James drooling over a caramel candied apple. He bought that we a snack later.
We hung out to stretch our legs and finished my ice cream and we head out of the road. We were making out go time. We saw so many white castles on the way. I wanted to have a white castle burgers before we arrive at Branson. I KNOW IT’S GROSS TO SOME OF YOU BUT, WE DON’T HAVE THIS IN THE WEST COAST!!!!
ABOUT RUSSELL STOVER:
Russell Stover Candies, Inc. is a supplier of candy, chocolate, and confections in the United States.
Ice Cream Years
The Russell Stover Candy Company did not start with candy. In 1921, Russell Stover and his partner, Iowa schoolteacher Christian Nelson, invented the world's first chocolate-dipped ice cream bar, and at a dinner party Russell's wife Clara suggested calling it an Eskimo Pie. The product was a success for them, making them quite a fortune in their first year.
Eskimo Pie is a brand name for a chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar wrapped in foil, the first such dessert sold in the United States. It is now marketed by Nestlé, owners of Dreyer's of the Western United States, and Edy's of the Eastern United States.
Danish immigrant Christian Kent Nelson, a schoolteacher and candy store owner, claimed to have received the inspiration for the Eskimo Pie in 1920 (in Onawa, Iowa, USA) when a boy in his store was unable to decide whether to spend his money on ice cream or a chocolate bar. After experimenting with different ways to adhere melted chocolate to bricks of ice cream, Nelson began selling his invention under the name "I-Scream Bars." In 1921, he filed for a patent, and secured an agreement with local chocolate producer Russell C. Stover to mass-produce them under the new trademarked name "Eskimo Pie" (a name suggested by Mrs. Stover), and to create the Eskimo Pie Corporation. After patent 1,404,539 was issued on January 24, 1922, Nelson franchised the product, allowing ice cream manufacturers to produce them under that name.
However, as other companies soon began to release similar chocolate-dipped ice cream products, they were nearly forced out of business. The Stovers sold their share of the company for $25,000 and moved to Denver, Colorado. In 1923, Russell and Clara created the new eponymous company from their home, packaging and selling boxed chocolates.
Russell Stover remained a private partnership until 1969 when it was purchased by Louis Ward. Russell Stover Candies is the nation’s leading manufacturer of boxed chocolates and the third largest American chocolate manufacturer, trailing only Hershey and Mars. The company’s three brands �" Russell Stover, Whitman's and Pangburn's �" account for more than 60 percent of all boxed chocolate sales in the United States.
Whitman's is one of America's largest and oldest chocolate production companies. Originally a "confectionery and fruiterer shoppe" set up in 1842 by 19 year old Stephen F. Whitman on a Philadelphia waterfront, Whitman's first became popular with travelling sailors and their wives. They would often bring imported fruits, nuts and cocoa from their trips back to Mr. Whitman so that he could make the popular European confections people craved in that era. Before long Whitman's chocolates were popular all along the north-eastern section of the United States.
The first prepackaged Whitman's candy was produced in 1854. It was a box of sugar plums adorned with curlicues and rosebuds. Whitman then began advertising in newspapers, shortly before the beginning of the Civil War. The business thrived and in 1866 an entire building at 12th and Market Streets in Philadelphia was taken over by the company. In 1877, Instantaneous Chocolates were introduced in tin boxes that became much admired. Whitman's introduced the perennial popular and still best selling Whitman's Sampler in 1912. This marked the first use of cellophane by the candy industry. In 1946 Whitman's helped General Electric to develop a refrigerated display case to prevent melting of the product and extend the selling season through the summer months.
Besides the Whitman's Sampler, Pickaninny Peppermints were also a popular Whitman confection.
Whitman's has enjoyed over 160 years of chocolate production since its beginning. They have also maintained a longstanding tradition of supporting American servicemen and servicewomen during wartime. During World War I millions of tins were shipped to American soldiers throughout the world. During World War II, women at the Whitman's production line secretly slipped handwritten notes of encouragement into candy boxes to help soothe soldiers' homesickness.
In the early 1960s, Whitman's was purchased by Pet, Inc., an evaporated milk company that was in the process of becoming a food products conglomerate. In 1978, Pet was acquired by IC Industries in a hostile takeover. In 1993, the Whitman's brand was sold to Russell Stover Candies, the major supplier of boxed candy in the United States. Russell Stover began as a family business in Denver, Colorado in 1923. It remained a private partnership until 1969. It now distributes to 50 company stores and 40,000 other outlets, having expanded internationally to Canada, Mexico, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
The most notable Russell Stover product is its heart-shaped box of chocolates, commonly found in stores around Valentine's Day.
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