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In 1935 my grandparents, Ray and Gladys, started a candy business on West Seneca Street, making hard candy suckers.

The broad smiling face suckers they called "The Man in the Moon" were sold wholesale throughout the state. With a hand press that would mold 3 at a time, they made 1000 suckers per day.

The suckers were popular, but without the means to purchase more automated equipment, Ray and Gladys were unable to expand production and reluctantly closed the business.

It was 10 years later, in 1946, that they were able to realize their dream to open a candy business and make it a success. Oddly, "The Man in the Moon" sucker was not made again, and the hand press was set aside, almost forgotten.

It is an honor to carry on the candy making business, with many of the recipes my grandparents used up to 70 years ago. I use only quality products to make the finest candy in the tradition of a long ago era.

As a tribute to my grandparents, I have named my business Man in the Moon Candies, and like them, I have a dream of making quality candy for a new generation.

Thank you for purchasing my candy and sharing in my dream.

Amy Stone-Lear

 


 

 In The Press:

THE STONE FAMILY RETURNS TO ITS SWEET BEGINNINGS

First Appeared 02-11-07 Palladium-Times
By ADELE DELSAVIO

 

When Man in the Moon Candies opens today in Oswego's Canal Commons, it will be the latest development in a 72-year-old candy-making tradition in the Stone family.

“I like the theme of an old-fashioned candy store. The public wants to go back to a simpler time,” said owner Amy Stone.

Stone sells homemade candies like peanut brittle, almond bark, turtles, peanut and cashew patties, butter crunch, and fudge, and carries commercially made nostalgia candies such as atomic fireballs, root beer barrels and Necco wafers.

She offers special-occasion items like chocolate wedding favors and a chocolate fountain.

She plans to expand her line of sugar-free candy. “It's very much in demand,” she said.

Her four older sisters - Mary Kay, Peggy, Jeanne and Maureen - along with her mother, Jeanne, and father, Bob, are helping her with the business.

Sweet start

The family's candy-making passion started with Stone's grandfather, Ray, who worked for Oswego Candy Works.

“He wanted to start his own business,” Stone said.

He and his wife, Gladys, began in 1935 by making hard candy lollipops in the basement of their West Seneca Street home.

Using a manual candy press that molded three lollipops at a time, they turned out 1,000 each day.

“When my dad was about 12, he'd come home from school and wrap suckers for several hours,” Stone said.

The press produced a lollipop that had a smiley-face design, so the family called them man-in-the-moon suckers.

Disappointment

Although the candies were popular, the Depression made it impossible for the family to secure a bank loan to buy more equipment and continue the business.

Ray went back to the Candy Works.

Postwar pickup

The family picked their business up again when Bob Stone came home in 1946 from his World War II service with the Navy.

“As a veteran he got an extra sugar ration,” Stone said.

They opened Stone's Candy on East Bridge Street, keeping it in the family until it was sold in 1973. The business, still named “Stone's,” is now on West Bridge Street.

Around 1980, Stone said, her father started getting “itchy,” wondering if he could make it in the candy business again.

Stone was in high school by this time. She and her father made taffy and peanut brittle that they sent to her sisters and their friends in college.

“The peanut brittle was well received and so was the hard candy,” she said. “But the hard candy took too much labor.”

Stone, 41, started Man in the Moon Candies shortly before Christmas in 2005.

Tribute

She named the business “Man in the Moon” as a tribute to her grandparents, and the smiley-face candy press sits in a display case in the new store.

Stone still makes the candy at her house on West Seneca Street, a half block away from her grandparents' house.

“There's not enough space for production in the store,” she explained. Both her house and her shop are fully inspected and licensed, she added.