A History of Wolfgang Candy Company

wolfgangvintagepictureWolfgang Candy Company, a fourth generation family business, was founded by Delphy Eli and Mima Mae Wolfgang, and their eldest son Paul, in 1921 as D.E. Wolfgang Candy Company.  The business started in the cellar of the family home on Latimer Street in North York, Pennsylvania.  As the business grew, Paul’s four siblings joined the business.  His brother Robert and his sister Louise began to produce Wolfgang’s variety of hand dipped chocolates. The other siblings, Glenn and Ruby, when they were about 10 years old, started to sell Wolfgang’s chocolates at local football games and community functions. The company’s first significant customers were the North York High School and a Sunday School Class of the Fifth United Brethren Church in North York.  These two organizations re-sold Wolfgang chocolates to raise funds for their school and church.   Wolfgang Candy Company recognized the opportunity to utilize chocolates in school and church fundraising and quickly developed and grew this business.

Along with the growth in fundraising, the company expanded and began selling it’s chocolates at local farmers’ markets in York, Hanover, Harrisburg, Columbia and Lancaster, PA.  And soon after, the company expanded distribution into traditional grocery stores in the central Pennsylvania area.  The company’s candy making facilities expanded from the cellar of Latimer Street and eventually took over much of the house.  Over the years, continued growth required a number of expansions to the original house.  The company later purchased additional buildings for production within the North York neighborhood.  Wolfgang’s continued success led to its incorporation in 1968 and was owned by the original five children of Delphy Eli and Mimi Mae Wolfgang.  Over the years, the company’s list of shareholders grew to include four grandchildren and eventually a number of great grandchildren.

In 2012 the company was purchased by the Stillman Family Businesses, in partnership with the company’s executive management team, including Andy Jacobs, Bruce Limpert, and fourth generation family members and great-grandsons of Delphy and Mimi Mae,  Benjamin and Brad McGlaughlin.  Dennis McGlaughlin, Benjamin and Brad’s father, retired from the company after working in the confectionery kitchen at Wolfgang for 34 years, has joined the ownership team and serves on the Board of Directors.

What began in the cellar of the family home on Latimer Street in North York, has grown, step-by-step, building addition after building addition.  Today, the company’s candy shop is located in Wolfgang’s Das Sweeten Haus Center in York, PA.  The company maintains the oldest candy fundraising business in the U.S., is growing and developing a line of Wolfgang branded chocolates in traditional Food, Drug, and Mass retailers, and also, produces private label confections and cookies for many national retailers and provides contract manufacturing for many large snack and other confections companies throughout the Northeast.