Brown and Haley's Almond Roca Factory - Tacoma, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 47° 14.279 W 122° 26.007
10T E 542880 N 5231766
Quick Description: Brown & Haley started making candy at this factory back in 1919 and still makes its famed Almond Roca there to this day. All flavers of the Roca are manufactured here, as well as the regional candy bar, "Mountain Bar."
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 11/8/2007 1:25:59 PM
Waymark Code: WM2HXF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member kbarhow
Views: 269

Long Description:
The following information about the history of Brown & Haley and Almond Roca candy is from a section of their Website:
Harry L. Brown owned a small confectionery store and enjoyed experimenting with chocolate and sugar candies. J. C. Haley, worked for Shilling and Company, a spice company, and had a flair for sales and advertising. Together J.C. and Harry created confections known world-wide, and the enterprise we have the honor of carrying forward today.

They met in church in Tacoma, Washington in 1908, after J. C. Haley moved from West Virginia seeking his fortune. After beginning to work together in 1912, they incorporated their candy manufacturing business in 1914. By 1916, Brown & Haley was marketing a full line of candy products, including a chocolate and nut confection with a vanilla-cream center called Mt. Tacoma Bar, later known as MOUNTAIN® Bar.

In 1923, the company hit the jackpot with a crunchy, log-shaped candy piece suffused inside with butter and coated with chocolate and diced almonds. This delicious buttercrunch confection was dubbed ALMOND ROCA® by a local librarian. The same librarian also suggested the ancient Sicilian coat of arms that inspired an early Brown & Haley logo.

Word spread quickly about this foil-wrapped luxury confection. In 1927, the company decided to seal it in the now-famous pink tin, extending the product's shelf life threefold. This ability to travel, and the candy's exquisite taste, spurred worldwide sales of ALMOND ROCA® buttercrunch toffee.

ALMOND ROCA® confection traveled with U.S. troops to Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific during World War II, then to Korea and Vietnam. It continues to be a favorite of our troops around the world. Over time, overseas troops introduced it to locals in foreign markets, which fueled company exports. "The candy that travels" has been found in 63 countries including Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and Asia.

Now the line of rocas has been expanded to include peanut roca, cashew roca, and the delicious mocha roca. To try some of these variations be sure to visit the outlet candy store next door to the factory. The store is open Monday - Saturday 9:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.; Sunday 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. When we visited they had 16 oz. containers of an assortment of Roca seconds for 99 cents!!!

For more information about the Brown & Haley products be sure to visit their Website.

Product manufactured here: Almond Roca, a chocolate and almond covered buttercrunch confection sold around the world

Address:
110 East 26th Street
Tacoma, WA USA
98421


Web Page: [Web Link]

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