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Ferrara Pan's Candy Factory Outlet Store

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By Sarah Corbin

Shopping & Business Blogger

In an effort to shop local, I purchase our Halloween candy at the Ferrara Pan Factory Outlet located at 7301 Harrison Street in Forest Park.   

Sylvia, the main clerk, is at work daily with a smile on her face to sell gum drops by the pound, lemon heads by bucket full, or European chocolate covered espresso beans by the bag.   

I have thought for years that Sylvia’s main enjoyment at work is the look of shock on people’s faces when she says the low transaction total out loud.  This spot is a true bargain.  Today, when I purchased a couple of individual sized gourmet chocolate bars and a box of chocolate covered peanuts, Sylvia said it was $2.  I added a tub of fresher-than-life raspberry gummy candies and still didn’t spend more than $5.  Yes, it is amazing.

The big bag of Halloween candy that you can purchase at Walgreens for $14 is only $10 at the Factory Store.   And a big bag of Halloween Fruit Snacks was only $4 or was that $2.  Whatever the price, you can bet that Ferrara Pan isn’t going to overcharge you for your special effort to visit this tiny little Factory Outlet Store.  

I shop here all year actually.   Every birthday our treat sacks are filled with mini boxes of lemon heads.   When my cousin comes in from New York or Israel or Colorado, wherever her most current spot on the globe is, we make a special trip for cinnamon bears. When my friend came in from Alaska this summer, the trip to Ferrara Pan was top on her list too.  

I love that shopping at the Ferrara Pan store is a total local purchase:  local manufacturing, local employees, local owners, local tax dollars.

Now, if only I could find the golden ticket - oh right - that’s someone else isn’t it?  I’d still love a tour though.

What is your favorite Ferrara?

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Posted: October 26th, 2011 7:38 PM

Great tip! Thanks1

Joe from Brookfield  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 1:26 PM

I remember riding over on my bike with a few friends and coming home with a "shoe box" size quantity of Lemonheads with the occasional Alexander the Grape, now Grapeheads, box thrown into the mix. Great factory, great store!

Lisa Miller Browdy from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 11:06 AM

As a health advocate and coach, I didn't feel right about handing out sugary treats this Halloween (especially after posting my anti-sugar rant here last week). So I considered ordering some glow sticks or vampire teeth to distribute instead. But I think getting some of these "locally sourced" sugary treats might be a better idea than buying plastic toys made in China.

Nora from Oak Park  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 10:27 AM

My favorite are the gumdrops (except for the white). Best of all, you can get a quarter of pound of several favorites!

Peggy from Boulder  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 9:13 AM

I have to say cinnamon bears are my fav. I have to have enough patience to leave them out for a day or two, I love them stale! Then, POOF! gone.

Krystyn Wells from Cary, NC  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 9:13 AM

I remember biking over to Rehm Pool as a kid, and getting wafts of whatever they were making that day. Summer! Lemonheads days were awesome (my all-time fave), as were the Appleheads (they were called something different back then, right?) I didn't like when they were making the Boston Baked Beans, but that's only because I am not really a fan of candied nuts. Rehm also had Atomic Fireballs at the Pool concession stand, and I remember staining my wrinkled chlorinated fingers with them. :)

Sarah Corbin from Sarah Corbin/Shopping/Blogs  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 8:57 AM

My personal favorite is the chewy Lemonhead "friends". And I really like them in the small boxes. It seems more fun to eat them that way. Reminds me of buying penny candy at Avenue Pharmacy when they existed.

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