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Gardners Candies

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Gardners Candies
IndustryFood processing
Founded 📆1897
Founders 👔James "Pike" Gardner
Headquarters 🏙️,
Tyrone, Pennsylvania
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Sam Phillips (president)[1]
Products 🎛️ 🧴Chocolate products and novelties
BrandsOriginal Peanut Butter Meltaways
Number of employees
ParentSarris Candies

Gardners Candies is a candy company located in Tyrone, Pennsylvania that was founded in 1897[2] and is best known for its Original Peanut Butter Meltaway candy.[3]


Gardners Candies was founded in 1897 by James "Pike" Gardner, then sixteen years old, in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. It originated as a small store in Tyrone and soon expanded into selling candy, popcorn, and peanuts from horse-drawn wagons at local fairs and carnivals.[2]

Garnders Candies claims to have originated the heart-shaped box of chocolates in 1910.[4]

The company was sold to Sarris Candies in 1997.[5] It expanded its 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility by 12,000 additional square feet in 2013.[6]


Gardners Candies has over ten retail stores in the Central Pennsylvania region, including its flagship store in downtown Tyrone which includes a candy museum in addition to the candy stores and ice cream parlors found at its other locations.[2] Gardners also distributes nationally with its parent company Sarris Candies and sells directly through on-line and mail order.[7]


  1. Frank, Walt (September 8, 2019). "Gardner's president planning to retire". Altoona Mirror. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "About Gardners Candies". Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  3. Bauer, Steve (September 18, 2013). "Gardners Candies Opening New Store in State College". StateCollege.com. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  4. "The world's first heart-shaped box of chocolates". Loopy. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. Gest, Jayne (October 1, 2014). "Bill Sarris manages growth at Sarris Candies with a dollop of old-fashioned values". Smart Business. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  6. Frank, Walt (February 28, 2013). "Gardners Candies to expand". Altoona Mirror. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  7. "Sarris Candies Today". SarrisCandies.com. Retrieved September 8, 2019.

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