It’s a match made in food brand heaven.
Recently, Madison Heights-based Kar’s Nuts acquired Sanders Fine Chocolatiers. The Sanders brand, the originator of the bumpy cake, was established in Detroit more than a century ago. Though the company came upon hard times in the 1990s, it’s experienced a comeback and was purchased by the Morley Candy Makers in 2002. Confectioner Fred Sanders Schmidt opened up his family candy store in 1875, after moving from Chicago following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and his candy store became a household name in Detroit by the 1960s.
From Detroit Public TV’s “Detroit Remember When: Made in the Motor City” documentary, One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota and host Erik Smith learn about the history of Sanders Chocolate & Ice Cream Shoppe from Brian and Karen Jefferson, of Sanders Candy, as well as several Sanders fans including John Rapson, the late Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, WOMC Radio’s Steve Kostan, Charlie Langton from Fox 2/WWJ Radio and others.
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