Russell Stover's Timeline
Russell Stover Chocolates is one of the most beloved brands of chocolates in North America. Chocolate lovers have been enjoying our confections since 1923, and we have proudly called Kansas City home since 1932.
Clara and Russell Stover begin making candy in the kitchen of their Denver bungalow home. The company, initially employing seven employees, is first known as Mrs. Stover's Bungalow Candies
The Stovers operate five stores in Denver, CO and stores in Kansas City, MO, Lincoln, NE, Omaha, NE and St. Louis, MO.
The Stovers find their business is expanding rapidly and open their first factory in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1932, all company operations relocate to Kansas City.
The Stovers open a drive-in store, ice cream parlor and ice cream factory in Kansas City.
The company name is officially changed to Russell Stover Candies. Russell Stover heads the Committee for the National Confectioners Association in Washington D.C.
Louis Ward, a box maker who has been supplying packaging materials to Russell Stover Candies, purchases controlling interest in the company. At this time the company is publicly traded.
It is a box of Russell Stover chocolates that leads Forrest Gump to quote his mother… "My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."
Russell Stover launches a line of sugar free chocolates and quickly becomes the leading producer of sugar free candies in America.
Global chocolate manufacturer Lindt & Sprungli acquires Russell Stover and Whitman's Candies
Launch of Russell Stover Favorites.
For fans who always go for their favorite pieces in our boxes, we launched single flavor bags containing individually-wrapped pieces, still hand-crafted in the heart of America. And for those who just can’t decide upon their favorite piece, we even made an Assorted Bag with 4 fan-favorite chocolates.
40,000 Consumers Vote Russell Stover #1.
Our Pecan Delights have been voted as Product of the Year 2017 in the Chocolate Category from a survey of over 40,000 US consumers conducted by TNS. One bite and it’s easy to understand why.