There is a long tradition of candy loving businesses in Forest Park.
Back Door Candy Store, once known as Elsie’s was located at 1000 Beloit (across from Ed’s Way, now a village pocket park). This photo, by Forest Park Review photographer Frank Pinc, captures David Lobes selecting his candy choices as owner Greg Walker waited patiently.
Rosalie’s School Store was right next door to FP Middle School and Field. Catering to their target market, they sold candy and school supplies. Louis and Raella Cichetti ran the store on Ferdinand for many years.
Shannahans, which is home to La Maison de Bonbon, was once an exclusive homemade candy shop called Stejr’s and later Jerome’s.
Ferrara Pan, which purchased the Borden Factory in the late 1950’s, is the candy King in Forest Park. It’s iconic Lemon Head, Atomic Fire Ball, Jawbreakers, Trolli Candies and more are a part of Forest Park Little League and many youth activities in town. At Halloween, every Forest Park trick or treater is likely to have an assortment of locally made Ferrara Pan Candy fill their bags.