Like a Kid in a Candy Shop


They’ve been around for decades…right in your back yard! They give them away at the bank drive-through, in doctor’s offices to soothe children after a shot. I’ve brought them on long plane rides for my kids and carried them in my purse for moments when I need a little sugar fix. Dum Dums. Maker of Dum Dums, the Spangler Candy Company is a family-owned private company that’s been making candy since 1906. Dum Dums were originated by Akron Candy Co., Bellevue, Ohio, in 1924 until Spangler brought them in 1953 and moved the operation to Bryan, Ohio.

If you’ve ever dreamed about taking a tour of a candy factory, here’s your chance. Spangler offers factory tours Wednesday through Fridays from 10am – 3pm. The Dum Dums Trolley will take you through their candy pack-out area; warehouse areas; their 20,000 square feet Portland Street expansion. Visitors can see the automatic case packers and palletization area. Although the trolley tour can’t go through the main kitchen because of FDA regulations, you can check it out via a DVD player throughout the trolley ride.

A Few Fun Facts:
• Dum Dums are gluten free.
* They make about 12 million Dum Dums per day— 2.4 billion Dum Dums per year!
• There were 7 original flavors: lemon, lime, orange, coconut-pineapple, cherry, grape, and butterscotch.

Factory tour prices are: Adults $5, Children 6-18 years $3, Children 5 & under are free. Tours are available Wednesday thru Friday 10am – 3pm
Spangler Candy Company, 400 N. Portland St., Bryan, OH 43506.  888.636.4221


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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