Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is Sanders Candy Company, a delicious candymaker with a rich history.
On June 17 1875, Fred Sanders opened his first chocolate shop in Detroit, Michigan with a passion for confections and a borrowed barrel of sugar.
By the 1940s, Sanders stores and sweets were household names in the homes and lives of Michigan families. Sanders had become the lead purveyor of sweets in the region, and started selling directly to national supermarket chains and retailers in the area. Eventually, there were more than 57 locations in the Great Lakes Region offering candy, ice cream toppings and baked goods bearing the Sanders name. These early shops were also known for providing light lunches and an assortment of soda fountain-counter specialties, including ice cream soda, hot fudge sundaes and the iconic Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puffs. Today, Fred Sanders’ simple aim to provide delicious sweets at a fair price is still the company’s mission. They use the finest ingredients to make all their products, and never sacrifice quality to save on costs. Confections should just taste great, they should be made great!
Here at GiftTree, we absolutely love Sanders Pecan Nougat Caramels – so much so, that we put them in many of our gourmet gift baskets! You have to taste these creamy confections that are the perfect balance of salty and sweet.