In 1873, James and Gilbert Ganong opened a grocery and retail business in St. Stevens, New Brunswick, Canada. At that time, purchasing and selling chocolate was a very small part of their business. It wasn't long before the brothers realized that in order for them to compete in the retail market, they would have to specialize in a specific product. They began to sell fresh oysters, but the end result was less than favorable. James and Gilbert then tried making and selling their own brand of soap. The result was much the same.
The brothers continued to experiment with different products and then, they hit a gold mine. The began to make and sell their own brand of candy. They didn't realize that they had laid a foundation that would turn into Canada's oldest family run candy maker. The reason that Ganong candy is still so popular today is because the brothers insisted that their candy be of the finest quality.
* In 1885, Ganong introduced Chicken Bones. These were a pink candy with a cinnamon flavor. The center was made of bittersweet chocolate. Chicken Bones are still a popular treat today.
* The first Canadian lollipop was developed and introduced by Ganong in 1895.
* Ganong introduced the first five cent chocolate bar in 1910. It was a nut bar made for a quick snack for people in the fishing industry.
* In 1920, Ganong imported cellophane packaging from France to enhance the image of their product.
* Ganong introduced a heart-shaped box for their chocolates at Christmas in 1932. Today the heart-shaped candy box is a symbol of Valentine's Day.
* In 1988, Ganong used real fruit, pureed it and included it in their fruit sacks.
* The Company has used the image of Evangeline, an Acadian heroine as their logo for over 75 years.
Since 1873, Ganong has had only four Presidents - all family members. Today's President is David Ganong. The Company's products are well-known and sought after across Canada.