The Story Behind Baltimore's Favorite Candy

October 9, 2018

Fran Lane

Goetze's Candy began in 1895 in Baltimore. August Goetze worked as an engraver, producing many of the printing plates for the Baltimore Chewing Gum Company. During this time, he became aware that the gum business was performing poorly and made an offer to buy the business for his son William.

William's son, R. Melvin Goetze, Sr., joined the company in 1909. Not long after that, the First World War began. The family stayed in the confectionery business during this time. It inspired the family to develop new confections, and in 1917 Melvin began making "chuees" (Caramel Creams® without the center) out of the family's kitchen. Caramel Creams were developed soon after and were released the following year. 

During the early 20th century Goetze's Candy saw a steady growth in business, and in 1928 they moved manufacturing to a new 24,000 square foot production facility on East Monument Street. This allowed the company to increase production and triple its output. Although the building has been modified over the years, Goetze’s Candy still manufactures caramel in the same location and the Baltimore favorite is sold nationally and internationally.