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.

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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

1923 Denver Bungalow
1924 operated five stores

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.

1928 first factory in Kansas City, Missouri
The Stovers open drive-in store, ice cream parlor and ice cream factory in 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.

Company officially changed to Russell Stover Candies
Louis Ward purchases controlling interest in Russell Stover Candies

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."

1994 Forrest Gump movie quote My mama always said life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your're gonna get
Russell Stover launches a line of Sugar Free chocolates

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

Lindt & Sprungli axquires Russell Stover Candies
Launch of Russell Stover Favorites

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.

2017 Product of the year Pecan Delights