About Us

Charlie Frank, Zingerman's Candy Manufactory

Zingermanā€™s Candy Manufactory is a member of the Zingermanā€™s Community of Businesses. Although weā€™ve been making candy at Zingermanā€™s for several years, the Candy Manufactory became a reality in September of 2009. Whoopee! Thatā€™s right, this is a candy business, and candy is fun!

How did we get started? Why candy bars? I arrived at Zingermanā€™s Bakehouse in 2001 and had the hope that one day Iā€™d start a Zingermanā€™s business of my own. A year into my position as the manager of the pastry department I came up with a visionā€”candy bars, delicious candy bars! I’ve always loved candy. As a child I spent 50 cents a week on candy (change from my piano lessons) when I walked home from my teacher’s house. I still have vivid memories of carefully choosing the penny candies making sure I had just the right combination to enjoy until my next lesson.

After studying at the Culinary Institute of America and working as a pastry chef in many kitchens, I also recognized that I love working with sugarā€”the basis of candy. Following the Zingermanā€™s tradition of forming businesses based on personal passions, I started the work to create Zingermanā€™s Candy Manufactory. Seven years later (yes, I’m a careful and patient man), my vision has finally become a reality. Yahoo!

Right now weā€™re making five candy bars; Zzang!Ā®, Ca$hew Cowā„¢, Wowzaā„¢, Peanut Butter Crushā„¢, and What the Fudge?Ā®. Our bars are available in Zingermanā€™s stores and all over the country.Ā Be a part of the continuing story of the Zzang! bars and Zingermanā€™s Candy Manufactory. Contact us with the flavors and names youā€™d like to enjoy. Enough reading, letā€™s eat some candy!

Charlie Frank
Charlie Frank
Founder and Head Candy Maker


Candy Craze, October/Nov 2014
Zingerman's Candy Manufactory managing Partner and Candy Man Charlie Frank was featured on the Food Network special "Candy Craze" hosted by Jeff Mauro ("The Sandwich King"). Charlie and Jeff cooked up a batch of our category-redefining and award winning peanut brittle and also our incredibly delicious and popular Halloween candy, Milk Chocolatey Karamel Krunch.

Oā€™s (O, the Oprah Magazine) Circle of Friends, September 2014
Zingermanā€™s Candy makes the O List! Slide #9, with the amazing Zingermanā€™s Peanut Brittle.

Specialty Food Association, July 2014
Our peanut brittle was named a sofiā„¢ Awards Finalist in the Confection Category. sofi Award Finalists represent the best of the best in specialty food and beverages. ā€œsofiā€ stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.

Gourmet Retailer, April 2014
Plum Marketā€™s airport store will open at McNamara Terminal at Metro. Among their offerings will be tasty comestibles from Zingermanā€™s Coffee Company, Zingermanā€™s Bakehouse, Zingermanā€™s Creamery, and Zingermanā€™s Candy Manufactory.

Concentrate, March 2014
Oscar nominees get taste of Zingermanā€™s Zzang! candy bars Zingermanā€™s Candy Manufactory got their Original Zzang bar into the swag bags ā€˜oā€™ gifts given to a bunch of high-level Oscars guests.

MLive, February 2014
Wild Swan hosts their annual ā€œChocolate Crashā€ fundraiser, featuring Zingermanā€™s Candy Manufactory, Mindo Chocolate makers, and Babsā€™ Underground Lounge, among others. As the tagline says, ā€œCharity Never Tasted So Good.ā€

The Wife blog, January 2014
THE WIFE Guide: Valentineā€™s Day Treats Zingermanā€™s Candy gets a shout out. From the comments: ā€œFRESH taste of Zingermanā€™s candy always gets raves. The bars, the brittleā€¦ all so yummy I canā€™t pick a favorite. ā€

Michigan Daily, December 2013
Nate Wood: Finding the hidden holiday treats of Ann Arbor The awesome peanut brittle from Zingermanā€™s Candy Manufactory gets a shout out in the student broadside.

Today Show, March 2012

Kid in the Candy Store, May 2011

"They [Zzang! bars] remind me of the 1930s bars that were hand-made, slab style with candy love. Although I never tasted a bar from that era, this is what I believe they would be."

—Beth Kimmerle, author of The History of Candy

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