Clara and Russell Stover begin making candy in the kitchen of their Denver bungalow home. The company, initially employing seven people, is first known as “Mrs. Stover’s Bungalow Candies.”
Demand skyrockets, so the Stover family move their candy-making operation from the small bungalow kitchen to their first ever factory in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Mrs. Stover’s Bungalow Candies” changes its name to “Russell Stover Candies.”
Louis Ward, a box maker who has been supplying packaging materials to Russell Stover Candies, purchases controlling interest in the company. At this time the company is publicly traded.
A box of Russell Stover chocolates leads Forrest Gump to quote his mother... “My mama always said, life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.”
Russell Stover launches a line of no sugar added chocolates and quickly becomes the leading producer of no sugar added chocolates in America.
Russell Stover has grown from a quality local confection-maker to an international company, and the largest producer of fine boxed chocolates in the United States.
Still crafted in small batches, Russell Stover continues to honour the Stover family’s confection-making tradition.