America’s Sweet Candy History (Recording of Virtual Talk presented by Leslie Goddard)

Event details

  • Tuesday | June 15, 2021 to Thursday | June 24, 2021
  • All Day
  • Virtual event on Zoom see link below
  • (864) 596-3503

 |  Cost: Free

America’s Sweet Candy History, presented by Leslie Goddard

Dive into the history of America’s favorite candies with historian Leslie Goddard. From early treats like licorice roots and maple sugar candy through modern Baby Ruths and Hershey bars, explore the companies and brands that have become American icons.

This event has ended. A recording of the event is available until June 24th.


Leslie Goddard from Chicago, IL

Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., is an award-winning actress and scholar who has been presenting history lectures and portraying famous women in history for more than ten years. Each year, she presents more than 250 programs, appearing at public libraries, museums and historic homes, professional associations, colleges and universities, and corporations. Leslie has previously performed in Greenville/Spartanburg Chautauqua as Amelia Earhart, Mary Pickford and Jackie Kennedy. A resident of the Chicago area, she holds both a master’s degree in theater and a doctorate in American studies and women’s history. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on Chicago history and currently works full-time as a public speaker, living-history presenter, and author.

“Chicago’s Sweet Candy History” by Leslie Goddard

For much of its history, Chicago  produced one-third of the nation’s candy.  Learn the history behind candies such as Baby Ruth, Snickers, Milk Duds, Tootsie Rolls, Wrigley’s Gum, and more, and explore what made Chicago such a powerful location for candy  makers.