In 1847, a young English immigrant, Oliver Chase, invented the first American candy machine, a lozenge cutter. He and his brother, Silas Edwin, founded Chase and Co., which became the pioneer member of the New England Confectionery Company in 1901. This large colorful cardboard die-cut easel back sign is the only known example from the turn of the century.
"Cherry Mash is a sweet cherry fondant center coated in a blanket of peanut studded chocolate. It’s a hometown speciality, made by the Chase Candy Company right there in St. Joseph, MO. According to Chase Candy Company’s website it’s the best-selling cherry candy bar in the country". These were outrageously sweet. My brother always got one but it was just sugar overload to me. Then again the chocolate cherry candies always seemed the sweetest.