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The Sanders Story

It all started with a passionate dream and a borrowed barrel of sugar on June 17, 1875. That’s the day Fred Sanders Schmidt, commonly known as Fred Sanders opened his first chocolate shoppe in Detroit.

By the 1940’s and 1950’s, Sanders products and stores were woven into the lives of Michigan families. Sanders soon became the leading purveyor of confections in the region and started selling directly to national supermarket chains, as well as to other retailers in the area. Eventually, there were more than 57 locations in the Great Lakes Region offering candy, ice cream toppings and baked goods. These early shoppes were also known for providing light lunches and an assortment of fountain counter specialties including ice cream sodas, hot fudge sundaes and (the now iconic) Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puffs.

In 2002 Morley Candy Makers, Inc., purchased the Sanders brand and original recipes adding to its own rich history dating back to 1919. Today, we still believe in Fred Sanders' simple mission to provide premium confections at a fair value. We use the finest real ingredients to make our products and never sacrifice quality to save on costs because confections shouldn’t only taste great, they should be made great. We invite you to enjoy Sanders today – and taste the difference!

Sanders was included in the documentary, DETROIT REMEMBER WHEN: MADE IN THE MOTOR CITY that aired on Detroit Public Television March 3rd, 2015. Watch this video to share memories about the early days of Sanders and its importance to Detroit.


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