Did you know? - Claeys Candy was founded in 1919 in a garage by Jerome C. Claeys, grandfather of the current president, Gregg Claeys. The original location was a small building on Blaine Ave. As sales increased, larger buildings were required. The current plant on S. Taylor is the 4th plant that Claeys Candy has built. The original name of the company was J. C. Claeys Candy. The first item manufactured was "Etabar", a caramel nut bar covered with icing and selling for five cents. They now make many flavours of hard candy including anise, lemon, horehound, and cinnamon.