Fannie May to open six more locations

Fannie May to open six more locations

There are 15 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 15, 2007, titled Fannie May to open six more locations. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Fannie May Confections, Inc. will open six new retail locations around the Chicagoland area by the end of November, the company said today.

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PaulF

Chicago, IL

#1 Nov 15, 2007
Good job! Chicago is proud of you! And at least your Mint Meltaways make a nice substitute for our lost MF Frangos.
NYC Fan

Paducah, KY

#2 Nov 15, 2007
Can't wait to get to one of their stores and pick up some Fannie Mae Candies. Those and See's are my favorites.

I used to purchase Marshall Field Frango's for the holiday's but since Macy's bought them it's nothing special anylonger. What a shame.
Daveb

Chicago, IL

#3 Nov 15, 2007
I would hope the Fannie May creams are back to their high standards. There was a time for awhile where they had the recipe not quite up to the old Fannie May. They were hard and dry. They used to be a substitute for the old Field's chocolates, some of the best cream ever that were discontinued by Target. Frangos's are still good, they are still the same candy and made with the same recipe no matter who owns the store.
tired of the whining

San Jose, CA

#4 Nov 15, 2007
so it doesn't matter that fannie may candies are now made in utah? it doesn't matter that thousands of employees lost thier jobs? what is that to be proud of? frango mints are still being made by the same people that the seemingly infallible marshall fields farmed them out to 10 years ago. what makes them different now? i think the fact that a local candy company will begin producing frango mints during peak seasons makes frango's more chicago than fannie may ever will be again.
Tim

Batavia, IL

#5 Nov 15, 2007
Daveb wrote:
Frangos's are still good, they are still the same candy and made with the same recipe no matter who owns the store.
Sure about that? The Chicago company that's now producing them had to try 12 different recipes before they "got it right," according to an article in the Sun-Times. Production is also still going on in Pennsylvania.
Julia Indianapolis

Lexington, KY

#6 Nov 15, 2007
Have to agree that the new Fannie May buttercreams are not like the originals. Very disappointing.

Tell me that the original version will be back.
Jim T

United States

#7 Nov 15, 2007
tired of the whining wrote:
so it doesn't matter that fannie may candies are now made in utah? it doesn't matter that thousands of employees lost thier jobs? what is that to be proud of? frango mints are still being made by the same people that the seemingly infallible marshall fields farmed them out to 10 years ago. what makes them different now? i think the fact that a local candy company will begin producing frango mints during peak seasons makes frango's more chicago than fannie may ever will be again.
Actually, if the figures quoted by this article are correct, far more Chicagoans are drectly employed by Fannie May than by the companies (Gertrude Hawke of PA and Cupid Candies) that produce Frangos. In fact, while Fannie May may be produced out of state, Fannie's May's (now a subsidiary of 1-800-Flowers) headquarters are actually in Chicago. Plus, it seems that Fannie May is poised for more growth in Chicago, while I can see only contraction in Frango's future. Indeed, Fannie May just entered a joint deal with Eli's Cheesecake.
NYC Fan

Paducah, KY

#8 Nov 15, 2007
I guess Frango's are that good that it has boosted Macy's stock to a new 52 week low yesterday!! Everyone in Chicagoland knows that Messy's can't succeed here. Give me Fannie Mae anyday...Vosage and Margie's Candies are also nice options to anything at the Big Red Communist store...
Dave

Clarendon Hills, IL

#9 Nov 15, 2007
I can never understand why Federated (or is it May Co., I lose track) dropped the Marshall Field's name, and all that it meant to Chicagoans, in favor of one that to most of us means an annual parade and a mispronunciation by a picaresque character in the Dick Tracy comic strip. A major marketing mistake, in my book.

As for Fannie May, my wife and I always liked the Dark Mays. They're not the same now; is the difference real, or is it because we know they're not made the same place?

Finally, do you know why they are called Fannie May? It's because if you eat enough of them, your fannie may grow.(Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Daveb

Chicago, IL

#10 Nov 15, 2007
NYC Fan wrote:
I guess Frango's are that good that it has boosted Macy's stock to a new 52 week low yesterday!! Everyone in Chicagoland knows that Messy's can't succeed here. Give me Fannie Mae anyday...Vosage and Margie's Candies are also nice options to anything at the Big Red Communist store...
I will try Fannie May's creams again, but the last time I had them they were so bad I had to take them back. They were hard and the cream center was caked like coconuut. I bought them about 3 times before I gave up on fannie May. Nothing like the old Fannie May produced near downtown. I don't even know where they are produced now, but I know it is not the same facility with the same quality workers.
Daveb

Chicago, IL

#11 Nov 15, 2007
Dave wrote:
I can never understand why Federated (or is it May Co., I lose track) dropped the Marshall Field's name, and all that it meant to Chicagoans, in favor of one that to most of us means an annual parade and a mispronunciation by a picaresque character in the Dick Tracy comic strip. A major marketing mistake, in my book.
As for Fannie May, my wife and I always liked the Dark Mays. They're not the same now; is the difference real, or is it because we know they're not made the same place?
Finally, do you know why they are called Fannie May? It's because if you eat enough of them, your fannie may grow.(Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Dave The name was changed, to create a national department store and economies of scale. Running a third division was to costly to do with the acquisition costs FDS made. As far as tthe Fannie May candy goes, the real just of the story, yes the candies are different , and I was told because they are made by adifferent workers and a different company that really has not gotten the GREAT FANNIE MAY process right. I was told this awhile back and stopped buying Fannie's, but I will try again to see if they finally got the recipe right. The creams I bought were so bad I had to take them back. They were hard and the center was like coconut not butter cream.
PaulF

Chicago, IL

#12 Nov 15, 2007
Tim wrote:
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Sure about that? The Chicago company that's now producing them had to try 12 different recipes before they "got it right," according to an article in the Sun-Times. Production is also still going on in Pennsylvania.
DaveB works for a contractor company that builds new Macy's locations. He says lots of nice things about his dark masters from Cincinnati.... Including things about their chocolates. So take it with a grain.
Daveb

Chicago, IL

#14 Nov 15, 2007
PaulF wrote:
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DaveB works for a contractor company that builds new Macy's locations. He says lots of nice things about his dark masters from Cincinnati.... Including things about their chocolates. So take it with a grain.
Paul, You seem to enjoy bashing me and everyhting I say. My point on this article is I have tried 3 times the new Fannie May creams and had to take them back or throw them out they were so bad. I stopped buying them becasue of that. When I went to take them back, the lady explained to me that the new owners have not [perfected Fannie May's recipe and candy making process. The Frango's are still the same candy since Gertrude Hawkins took them over , no matter whose name is on the building that is my point. If you and your fanatics cannot seem to understand that than my condolences.
JMR

United States

#15 Nov 15, 2007
Daveb wrote:
<quoted text>Paul, You seem to enjoy bashing me and everyhting I say. My point on this article is I have tried 3 times the new Fannie May creams and had to take them back or throw them out they were so bad. I stopped buying them becasue of that. When I went to take them back, the lady explained to me that the new owners have not [perfected Fannie May's recipe and candy making process. The Frango's are still the same candy since Gertrude Hawkins took them over , no matter whose name is on the building that is my point. If you and your fanatics cannot seem to understand that than my condolences.
I'm not so sure about Frangos utilizing the same recipe as always. Several months ago, when Macy's was trying to lure Chicagoans in, I picked up a free box. I'm not sure whether it was a stale box or the recipe had changed, but the chocolates had an extremely waxy taste, sort of like an imitation Frango. That experience sort of soured me on actually buying Frangos.

I haven't tried Fannie May in a while, but I may this holiday, particularly if they keep on opening stores. It would be great if there were a few Fannie May kiosks in the airports. Flying out of SF, I always buy a box of See's Candies. That would be a great piece of Chicago for visitors to remember.

I'm not sure that Frangos would work that way because it seems as if Macy's has stocked them nationally now. That sort of defeats my desire for more localized products and brands, but I digress...
a street cop

United States

#16 Nov 15, 2007
Fannie May is not the same because of the ingredients used in making them. Real sugar replaced with corn sweetner, lower quality butter, not the 93 score used by Fannie May.
That's why the price of Fannie May was always higher than the other brands.

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