Congratulations to the Idaho Candy Company - 100+ Year Chamber Member!

Thank you, Idaho Candy Company for 100 years of membership and support to our organization and representing the entire Boise Valley community with your trademark candy!

If you ask 1,000 people to name things that represent Idaho, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t mention the potato. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense for an Idaho-based company to produce a candy bar that looks like a potato. The Idaho Candy Company churns out approximately 2,000,000 Idaho Spud Bars a year along with a variety of other confections that take consumers back to yesteryear.

The company started in 1901 in Boise, Idaho, when T.O. Smith decided to go in to business for himself. He drew upon his past work in the candy business to start making his own candy and selling it door-to-door out of shoe boxes.

Mr. Smith took on a partner in the Adams family of Boise and built a modern factory at 412 South 8th Street in Boise in 1909.

This 23,000 facility was state-of-the-art at the time and featured such amenities as sky lights and “welfare” (break rooms) for the employees. Today, the Idaho Candy Company continues to operate in this facility, utilizing much of the same equipment it did in the early 1900’s.

The company developed what was to become their most well-known product in 1918 with the invention of the Idaho Spud Bar. The “potato-looking” bar is made with light cocoa and a soft marshmallow center and drenched in dark chocolate and sprinkled with cocoa. Today, the Idaho Spud Bar is a favorite in the Northwest and Idaho Candy sells them in twelve western states (the Boise Chamber's front desk even receives calls on occasion from people trying to track down this unforgettable candy bar they tasted while visiting Boise!).

T.O Smith passed away in the 1954 and the Adams family continued to operate the business until 1969 when they sold Idaho Candy Company to Don Wakeman. 

In 1984, local businessman John Wagers had grown tired of running his own accounting practice. When someone told him that local business man Don Wakeman, was selling out he was interested. He had no candy making experience at all, but the thought of making and selling candy for a living sounded fun.

One of his committed team members was a woman named Violet “Vi” Brewer. She began working at the factory shoveling coal in 1913 at the age of thirteen. She eventually moved her way up to hand-dipping chocolates, a position she held for 50 years until she moved to the weighing department where she worked another 30 years. In total, at her retirement, Vi had worked for Idaho Candy 82 years!

When his father passed away in 2006, Dave Wagers took over the company and runs it today. The company continues to sell the Idaho Spud Bar, along with the Old Faithful (1925), the Cherry Cocktail Bar (1926) and the Owyhee Butter Toffee (1925). Recently, they added Huckleberry Gems to the mix.

Dave Wagers’s plans remain pretty simple. He states, “We’ve been doing this for 113 years, we want to continue building on what we have done to get here.”

To learn more about the Idaho Candy Company, visit their location at 412 S. 8th St. in the BoDo district of downtown Boise, or visit www.idahospud.com.

 

 

Location

Idaho Candy Company
412 S. 8th St., Boise, ID 83702
United States
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