I'm talking about the Whitman's Sampler. Me and my sister used to fight over the one piece of solid chocolate in the box.
Did you know the Sampler has its roots in Philadelphia? Older than our relationship with the cheesesteak, Whitman's Chocolates were created by Stephen F. Whitman and Sons in 1842.
|Whitman's Retail Store, Chestnut Street, now the site of Men's Warehouse|
Whitman's original confectionary shop was on Philadelphia's waterfront where he imported fruits and nuts from around the world. His original shop is long gone and its location is unclear, but his shops spread throughout the city with a flagship store at 12th and Market in 1866.
In the mid 1900s Whitman's was bought by an evaporated milk company and later sold to Russell Stover Candies in 1993.
|Whitman's Retail Store, Chestnut Street|
Russell Stover still produces the Whitman's Sampler, but its identity as a Philadelphia institution is all but gone, with Whitman's sole surviving storefront serving Men's Warehouse on Chestnut Street.