Abba Zaba, Big Hunk, Rocky Road, U-NO & LOOK Bars
Sam Altshuler, a Russian immigrant who arrived in the United States in 1917, founded Annabelle Candy Company, Incorporated, in 1950.
Mr. Altshuler learned the art of candy making, and after struggling for years, finally achieved success with his Rocky Road® candy bar. He named his business the “Annabelle Candy Company” after his daughter, and began manufacturing Rocky Road in San Francisco. The item quickly gained popularity throughout the western United States where it has its strongest hold today, and is currently ranked among the top 35-40 best selling chocolate bars on the West Coast.
In 1965, Annabelle Candy Company moved across the San Francisco bay to its present location in Hayward, California. Sam Altshuler passed away in 1971, leaving control of the Company to his daughter, Annabelle Altshuler Block. In 1972, the Company purchased Golden Nugget Candy Company, of San Francisco, the makers of Big Hunk® and Look® candy bars, and began manufacturing those products. In 1978, Annabelle engineered the acquisition of the Cardinet Candy Co., which manufactured U-NO® and Abba Zaba® candy bars. All of these items, in addition to Rocky Road, are now being made in the Hayward factory.
Annabelle Candy Company continued to grow, as Annabelle’s son, Gary Gogol, managed operations of the business for many years. Annabelle’s daughter, Susan Gamson Karl now manages the day-to-day operations of the company as President and Chief Executive Officer of the business.
What started as a family business continues today as the one of the largest independently owned candy bar manufacturers in the United States, producing some of the most popular and traditional West Coast items available on the market today.
Annabelle Candy Company intends to continue on the path well into the 21st century, with the dedication and efforts of all its valued employees and the support of its fine broker network.