World's Finest Chocolate
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
The company has sold more than 5 billion chocolate bars, their best-known product. They manufacture chocolate "from bean to bar", and source cocoa beans from their own cocoa farm in St. Lucia. They also own Queen Anne, a brand of cordial cherries.
The company was founded by Edmond Opler Sr. in around 1939 under the name Cook Chocolate Company. He started the division that produced chocolate bars for fundraising in 1949, and called it "World's Finest Chocolate". In 1972, the company's name was changed to "World's Finest Chocolate". Opler's son, Edmond Jr., has run the company since Edmond Sr. retired in 1988.
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