Sweet success: Fannie May back after bankruptcy

In this Nov. 23, 2010 photo, David Taiclet, President of gourmet food brands for 1-800-Flowers.com, which owns Fannie May Candy, talks about the success of the candy company at their store on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Six years ago, Fannie May, famous for its mint meltaways and vanilla buttercreams, was all but finished. The Midwest mainstay opened in 1920 was in bankruptcy, and more than 200 retail stores were closed. But in the years since the 2004 near-meltdown, Fannie May has seen a turnaround and is thriving thanks to what executives say has been a mix of old and new, a strict adherence to decades-old chocolate recipes and growth in online and retail sales. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

November 27, 2010 8:10:30 PM PST
A half-dozen years ago iconic chocolatier Fannie May, loved by Chicago candy devotees who passed down their affections for mint meltaways, caramels and vanilla buttercreams from generation to generation, was all but finished.