See’s Candies: 5 fun facts, from ‘I Love Lucy’ to the Marshmint mystery
Customer outcry forced See's to bring back a vibrant green mint candy
SPEED IT UP!!
You’ve seen the hilarious “I Love Lucy” episode that features Lucy and Ethel frantically trying to wrap candies as the chocolates spill faster and faster off the assembly line. Turns out actresses Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance received some actual training in dipping and wrapping chocolates at the See’s candy factory on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles before filming the 1952 scene on a re-created production line back at their Hollywood set. Which chocolates were they stuffing in their mouths, their caps, their uniforms? That trivia has been lost to history.
WHICH CANDY IS THE TOP SELLER?
Is See’s most popular piece the caramel-marshmallow combo or the brown sugar buttercream topped with sprinkles? We went straight to the CEO with this question. “Scotchmallow vs. Bordeaux is a great debate, isn’t it?” Pat Egan says. “They are two iconic pieces that remain among our top bestsellers year after year. We have reported both as top sellers — they go back and forth and keep us on our toes to make sure we meet the demand.”
THE MARSHMINT MYSTERY
Where did the vibrant-green Marshmints go? Faced with limited counter space in the 1980s, See’s decided to discontinue this layered mint jelly, honey marshmallow and dark chocolate piece that had been made for 40 years. But disappointed fans bellowed that they couldn’t live without their favorite. So See’s brought the candies back as a “secret menu” specialty and even issued Marshmint Club pins to members. These days, they’re available just once a year, from Thanksgiving to Christmas (or until they sell out), and only via the Sees.com website.
SEE’S GIFT FOR OTHER CENTENARIANS
Turns out See’s Candies didn’t just start paying attention to centennials in 2021. For years, the company has been celebrating its customers who make it to the big 100. If you have a relative or friend turning that age, write a note to See’s headquarters (210 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080) and a Gift of Elegance will be on its way. That is See’s lavish gold-box assortment — four pounds’ worth, plenty to share at the birthday party.
THIS CUSTOMER FAVORITE IS HERE TO STAY
See’s newest brittle, Maple Cashew Brittle, started out as a limited edition offering in 2012, then became available twice a year, around Father’s Day and again at Thanksgiving. But customers demanded more — and See’s has responded. This crunchy, addictive treat will now be available year-round.