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Made in Chicago: Ferrara Candy is a 'sweet' place to work

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - There aren't too many people in the world who don't like sweets, especially in Chicago.

Chicago is home to the Ferrara Candy Company. Ferrara started out as an Italian bakery on Taylor Street in 1908. In 1959, the company's factory opened in Forest Park, overlooking the Eisenhower Expressway. Now, Ferrara is the largest non-chocolate candy producing company. They operate 24 hours a week, seven days a week - using 200,000 pounds of sugar a day.

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Over time, Ferrara has bought Trollie Gummies, and Brach and Black Forest Gummies. They are best known for their classic Lemonheads, Red Hots and Atomic Fireballs.

"There is a certain kind of nostalgic, warm, wonderful feeling about it," one employee said.

The company also makes chocolate covered raisins, peanuts, almonds and cranberries.

Those who work at the factory say the work environment is very family-oriented.

"We still have lunch together and we have a full cafeteria here. We really encourage people to eat together. This is our family, our working family. We spend a lot of time together."

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