Ferrara Pan Factory Outlet Store - Forest Park, IL
Posted by: Hikenutty
N 41° 52.446 W 087° 44.146
16T E 438945 N 4636059
Quick Description: Ferrara Pan makes several classic American hard candies, including Lemonheads, Jawbuster Jawbreakers, and Atomic Fireballs and Boston Baked Beans.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 8/1/2007 1:20:52 PM
Waymark Code: WM1Y6Z
This small store can be found at the factory of Ferrara Pan Candy Company. At the store you will find the company's candies sold in a variety of box sizes, and also loose, by the pound.
The company was started in 1908 by Salvatore Ferrara, who immigrated to America in 1901. He was skilled in the art of making Italian pastries and sugar coated almonds, a favorite at Italian weddings. In 1919 he formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Anello Pagano, and the two expanded the line of confections created at the factory. The same families, Ferrara, and Pagano, continue to own and manage the Ferrara Pan Candy Company.
The word "pan" in the company's title comes from the process by which their candies are made. The Website explains this "process involves building candy pieces from single units, such as grains of sugar, nuts or candy centers, tossing them in revolving pans while adding the flavor, color and other candy ingredients. This process continues until the pieces become the desired size. Finally, the candy gets a high polish with an edible vegetable wax, which gives it an attractive appearance."
Although there are no tours offered at the factory, the company does offer a "virtual tour" online which shows how panned candy is made.
You can find the candy store at the Ferrara Pan factory at:
7301 W. Harrison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
The families original bakery, started in 1908 is still located at 2200 West Taylor Street in Chicago.
Store Type: Factory Outlet
Specialty: Lemonheads, sugared almonds
Hours: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday
Website: [Web Link]
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