Atkinson Candy Company

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An assortment of Atkinson candies
A split Chick-O-Stick

The Atkinson Candy Company is a candy company based in Lufkin, Texas, best known for producing the Chick-O-Stick.[1]


Atkinson Candy Company is a private company[2] founded in 1932 by B.E. Atkinson, Sr., and his wife, Mabel C. Atkinson.[3] The company currently operates out of a 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) facility, and is led by siblings Eric and Amy Atkinson, grandchildren of the founders.[3] The third and fourth generations of the Atkinson family are now running the Atkinson Candy Company.[4]

Judson-Atkinson Candies[edit]

In 1983, Atkinson purchased another local company, the Judson Candy Company, later known as Judson-Atkinson Candies.[5][6] Judson-Atkinson was founded in 1899, and was based in San Antonio, Texas. In 2011, Judson-Atkinson shut down business temporarily due to the high prices of sugar and raw materials. [7] Judson-Atkinson Candy Company used about four million pounds of sugar each year to make their bulk candies.[8]

Product line[edit]

Atkinson Candy Company miniature Peanut Butter Bars

Atkinson Candy Company specializes in peanut butter and peppermint-flavored candies. The current product line includes the Chick-O-Stick, Coconut Long Boys, peanut brittle, mint twists, Peanut Butter Bars, and holiday candy. Atkinson also produces a premium hard candy line known as Gemstone Candies.[3][5] In 2013, Atkinson acquired the candies Black Cow, Slo Poke and Sophie Mae from The Warrell Corporation.[9]


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  2. ^ "Atkinson Candy CO". Manta Media Inc. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Company website
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  5. ^ a b Kimmerle, Beth (2003). Candy: the sweet history. Collectors Press, Inc. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-888054-83-5. 
  6. ^ "Hoover's Company Profiles: Atkinson Candy Company". Answers Corporation. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Judson-Atkinson Candies Closes Its Doors - For Now". Candy Industry. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Not so sweet times for S.A. candy maker". Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Atkinson Candy Co. acquires Black Cow, Slo Poke and Sophie Mae". Candy Industry. Retrieved 12 November 2014.