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Go local this Halloween

Jelly Belly candy corn.

Jelly Belly candy corn.

When you’re shopping for the trick-or-treaters this Halloween, check out these locally made candies:

  • Ferrara Pan Candy Co. Atomic Fire Ball, Lemonheads and Red Hots. The Forest Park-based candy company dates to 1919, but founder Salvatore Ferrara was making candy even before that at the Original Ferrara Bakery. Both companies are still owned and operated by the founding family.

  • Jelly Belly jelly beans and candy corn. Originally Goelitz Confectionery Co., Jelly Belly has been making candy in North Chicago since 1913. The original product was mellocremes, the category that includes candy corn, but now gourmet jelly beans make up most of their business. They run an outlet store at their warehouse in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., outside Kenosha.

  • Willy Wonka Everlasting Gobstoppers, Wonka Bars, Nerds, Runts, Lik-M-Aid, Bottle Caps, SweeTarts, Pixy Stix and Laffy Taffy. Willy Wonka may be as British as his creator, Roald Dahl, but the Wonka Candy Factory is in west suburban Itasca. Invented by Dahl in his 1964 children’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Willy Wonka candies started to become reality when Chicago’s Breaker Confections, now part of Nestle, licensed the name for merchandising tie-ins with the 1971 Gene Wilder film based on Dahl’s book.