> Frankford Candy

More than 100 years of experience in the candy industry

Frankford Candy LLC is the nation’s leading supplier of licensed candy and gifts. Frankford markets its seasonal and everyday products under some of the most recognizable and loved brands and characters. Our focus on quality and innovative product development programs, along with long trusted relationships with the nation’s leading retailers, has built a sustainable and growing business over the last 72 years. As a 4th generation, family owned business Frankford is dedicated to supporting not only its community but also its long-standing and beloved associates.

Founded in 1947 by Sam Himmelstein, Frankford began in a small factory in Philadelphia’s Frankford section with only a few employees. Our core business was manufacturing hollow, chocolate-molded Easter products that were sold to some of the best-known retailers of the time (S.K. Kresge, F.W. Woolworth and G.C. Murphy). As these small retailers evolved into national chains, Frankford grew along with them. Sam ran the business with the philosophy that the “customer is king!” This served as the cornerstone of Frankford’s success. By the 1980s, Frankford had moved to a larger facility in South Philadelphia and had established itself as a leading national supplier of seasonal chocolate confections to all major retailers in the United States.


In the early 1990s, the major national chocolate brands began to focus their efforts on seasonal confections, threatening Frankford’s core business. In response, the company pivoted to adopt a new strategy built on licensing world-class brands. By licensing and co-branding world-class brand equities like Disney, Marvel, and Nickelodeon, Frankford offered products just as widely regarded as the national brands. The new strategy brought to market innovative, new formats such as SpongeBob Gummy Krabby Patties, which are delicious and fun mini gummy hamburgers.

To support its innovation platform, Frankford developed an extensive global sourcing network that brought unique, never-before-seen products to the US market. The result brought disruption and innovation to the entire candy category. In 2006, Frankford returned to its roots and consolidated its facilities into a single 500,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art chocolate manufacturing and distribution facility, back in Philadelphia’s Frankford section. Today, the company ranks within the top 15 largest confectionary companies in the US. Our licensing partnerships have expanded to include powerhouse consumable brands such as Mondelez (Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Sour Patch Kids), MARS (M&M’s, Snickers, Starburst, Skittles) and Peeps. Frankford’s portfolio remains centered on innovative confectionary products and has expanded to include seasonal gifting, a specialized but fast-growing segment.

Currently, Frankford’s executive team includes more than 100 years of proud candy industry experience and support’s a dedicated team of over 150 associates. As a two-time recipient of the AARP Top 50 Companies “Best Employer for Workers over 50” Award we are proud of our ability to retain exceptional employees and at the same time attract new, up and coming talent. Frankford’s “Sweets for Smiles” fundraiser has brought significant contributions to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, recognizing the importance of giving back to the community. Through our consistent innovation and dedication to providing sweet treats and gifts to families and children, Frankford Candy has thrived for the better part of a century.

Our products combine a timeless delight with the flavors and expectations of the future. We recognize that retail is changing and consumer’s preferences are evolving. At Frankford, we embrace our ability to adapt quickly to ensure we are meeting the ever-changing needs of our retail customers and today’s consumers. We have evolved, over the last 70+ years, from a small seasonal chocolate manufacturer, into a 4th generation family business that takes great pride in our community, our customers, our associates and our innovation. With such a rich history, Frankford is poised to continue to bring surprise and delight to families for years to come.

Franford Candy

(215) 735-5200
[email protected]
9300 Ashton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114

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