Sanders Confectionery, Michigan (Images of America Series)

Sanders Confectionery, Michigan (Images of America Series)

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by Greg Tasker
     
 

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For more than 130 years, there has been no sweeter word in Detroit than Sanders. The venerable confectioner was once as much a part of Detroit's streetscape as the Big Three, Hudson's, and Coney Islands. Sanders was more than just an ice-cream and candy shop. A Detroit icon, it served a fountain of memories for generations. Detroiters stood two and three deep

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For more than 130 years, there has been no sweeter word in Detroit than Sanders. The venerable confectioner was once as much a part of Detroit's streetscape as the Big Three, Hudson's, and Coney Islands. Sanders was more than just an ice-cream and candy shop. A Detroit icon, it served a fountain of memories for generations. Detroiters stood two and three deep behind lunch counters for tuna or egg salad sandwiches, devil's food buttercream "bumpy"

cake, hot fudge sundaes, and Sanders' signature dessert--hot fudge cream puffs. As Detroit boomed, so did Sanders. At its peak, the company boasted more than 50 stores, with its products available in as many as 200 supermarkets. The Sanders story began in Chicago, where Fred Sanders opened his first shop. A series of misfortunes prompted him to relocate to Detroit, where he began selling his confections on Woodward Avenue. Business grew steadily, and by the early 1900s, he had opened other shops along Woodward and elsewhere in Detroit. The Motor City nearly lost Sanders in the mid-1980s, but its desserts shops have begun resurfacing, thanks to another Detroit institution, Morley Brands LLC, which bought the Sanders brand.

Editorial Reviews

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Title: Enjoy an evening of sweet butter cream memories

Author: Diana Wing

Publisher: Hometown Life

Date: 5/17/09

When I was a kid, the best treats in my Easter basket were the purple-foil-wrapped Sanders chocolate bunnies. And despite the caloric hazard of getting hooked on hot fudge, my family will sometimes forego cake and celebrate a birthday with Sanders cream puffs drenched in gooey goodness.

Greg Tasker, author of Sanders Confectionery has his own memories of stopping with his parents at Sanders shops in the Oakland Mall and in Troy where he grew up. When he moved to the East Coast his folks would bring him gifts of Sanders sweet stuff, so Tasker was surprised when he returned to the metro area in 2002 to find the Sanders stores had disappeared. Two years later Tasker wrote a story for the Detroit Free Press about a new Sanders shop opening at Laurel Park Place Mall in Livonia.

"I was watching people at the store. As soon as they would walk by, their whole face would light up and they would come in and start sharing memories with the clerk," he said. "There were old photos of Fred Sanders and his old store on the wall. I had no idea this company had this long, rich history. It just piqued my interest."

Sanders Confectionery is part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series, books that tell the story of communities, industry and more, mainly through historic images. Tasker had to dig hard to find photos, records and people who could remember the early history of Sanders. Founder, German native Fred Sanders, moved to Chicago to work in the confectionery business.

"It was about the time of the Chicago fire and he was either working for somebody or had his own shop and he was burned out of business," Tasker said. "When he opened the store in Detroit (1875) he spent all his money opening up and he had to borrow sugar from another businessman in town to make his candy."

Tasker is making a return visit to the Royal Oak Public Library, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, to give a presentation about the history of Sanders and to sign copies of his book. There was a large turnout last March -- people who enjoyed reminiscing and snacking on "bumpy" cake.

"I think a lot of the Detroit brands are just beloved by people here, and Sanders is one of them. A lot of the (audience) were (former) employees and people who were older and they had such fond memories of the company," Tasker said. "I've been a journalist for a long time and this is probably one of the few things I've done where nobody had a bad word to say about Sanders. Everybody just loved the product."

To register for the Sanders program, call the library at (248) 246-3727.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738540443
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,145,081
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Utilizing many of the images stored in the Sanders archive, author Greg Tasker captures the glory years of Detroit's famous confectioner. Tasker, a former newspaper editor and reporter, is a widely published freelance writer.

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Barbara69 More than 1 year ago
I grew up in Detroit and on Sanders treats. They graced our table on holidays and Sundays. Filled our Christmas stockings with goodies and special treats. Often my grandmother or my mother would take me to lunch at a Sanders counter restaurant in Woolworth's for the tuna or egg salad sandwich. My favorite was the Sanders chocolate fudge topping on french vanilla ice cream. MMMMMM ! ! ! Alone time was special with my mother and grandmother being in a family of 10 children. To this day the special treat of the fudge topping brings many fun filled memories for me. As my sisters and I grew up we would meet at Sanders for lunch and to catch up on family. I live in California now and wish Sanders was here so I could share with my grandchildren. Love the pictures in this book. My girl scout troop took once a year field trips to tour the factory where these delicious treats were created and see the wonderful displays! Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Sanders!