Brach's Confections // is a candy and sweets company which produces and invented many modern icons of the sugary world; it is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. In November 2007, Brach's Confections was sold to Farley's & Sathers Candy Company and the corporate office moved to Round Lake, Minnesota.
Brach's Confections was founded in 1904 by Emil J. Brach, a son of German immigrants who had recently invested in a candy factory which had failed. He decided that he could do a better job of it himself, opening a candy store and factory in Chicago. This factory was famously filmed as Gotham Hospital in the 2008 film The Dark Knight and destroyed by a bomb set off by the Joker, played by Heath Ledger. The older red brick building in the background was the original factory.
The company is also credited with inventing several marketing techniques, such as barrel displays, glass candy counters, and the adaptation of old general store-type bulk purchasing to modern supermarkets with "pick-a-mix", a self-serve set of open candy containers which allows customers to scoop candy into bags to be sold by the pound. For years, the company used a jingle: "Stop where you are, buy a Brach's candy bar".
The company was sold in 1966 to American Home Products, becoming the Brach's division of that company. In 1987, the Brach's division was bought by Jacobs Suchard. Jacobs Suchard was sold in 1990 to Philip Morris except for Brach's, which was retained by Klaus J. Jacobs in the transaction.
The company's first product was caramels, which it produced through a process which allowed it to underprice competition, creating a large demand. This product is still a company mainstay to the present day. Now they sell many sweet candies.
Brach's Candy Corn is the number one selling candy corn company in the United States. It is mostly associated with Halloween, but can also be bought (to a lesser degree) year round. It is available in a wide variety of flavors such as caramel apple, chocolate and caramel.
They were advertised in commercials by a dinosaur character named Rocky D, "Dinosaur Extraordinaire", who was shown popping them into his mouth. Rocky D wore sunglasses and a red jersey with the letters BR on it. Kids' love of dinosaurs was the inspiration for this character and candy. Laughing Dog developed the dinosaur character and the graphics. The package had transparent panels so those looking at the packages in a store could see the rocks inside.
Brach's Rocks were frequently advertised in Ren & Stimpy comics. Rocky D also appeared on TV. The commercials for Brach's Rocks were the first time Brach's advertised via television. [Brandweek, vol. 34, (C) 1993, p. 156.]
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