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>p PRODUCERS annabelle candy Sweet Success Celebrating 60 years, Annabelle Candy has amassed a profitable line of signature candy bars – setting the company up for a sweet future. By Barbara McHatton >> President and CEO Susan Karl is part of the third generation of her family to helm Annabelle Candy, which began with her grandfather making candy bars in his own kitchen. f you were lucky enough to grow up in the western United States, you may have had the opportunity to sample one of the delectable candy bars handmade by the folks at Annabelle Candy. Since 1950 – when candy bar creator Sam Altshuler introduced his first creation, Rocky Road – Annabelle Candy has expanded its sweet offerings to include additional candy bars. “My grandfather actually began making the candy company profile bars in his kitchen and selling them from a push-cart outside of movie theaters before they had concession Annabelle Candy stands,” President and CEO Susan Karl says. “I used to 2010 sales: $40 million visit my grandfather at his factory when I was a little girl.” HQ: Hayward, Calif. Employees: 60 He wisely instilled his love of candy making into his Specialty: Candy bars daughter and the company’s namesake, Annabelle Susan Karl, president and CEO: “Our marshmallow is especially light and Altshuler Block, who took over operations in 1971. fluffy – no one makes marshmallow Currently, the family’s the third generation, including both like Annabelle Candy.” Karl and her brother, Gary Gogol, have ushered I Annabelle Candy into its sixth decade. The company’s flagship candy bar is Rocky Road, which has a marshmallow center topped with roasted cashews and crunchy malt, all covered with milk chocolate. Two additional versions are available in dark chocolate and mint dark chocolate. “All Rocky Road candies are handmade in small batches,” Karl asserts. “There is a unique swirl on each bar made by skilled candy makers to give each bar its own personality.” She adds that the company takes pride in its signature marshmallow recipe. 76 food and drink • spring 2011 • Photo: Kim Fox

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food and Drink - Spring 2011

Food and Drink - Spring 2011
Tableside Chat
Table of Contents
News a la Carte
Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
Restaurants: Toss Around Ideas
Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
Three Things

Food and Drink - Spring 2011