Elmer Candy Corporation established its New Orleans roots in 1855 as the local kitchen of homemade chocolate, candy and snacks. More than 155 years later, the family-owned company is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of seasonal boxed chocolates and treats. Four generations of Elmer Family ownership produced Mastercraft Chocolates, Heavenly Hash and Gold Brick Eggs for Easter, Chee Weez Snacks and Mint Bublets. Roy Nelson purchased the confectionery operations from the Elmer Family, centralizing manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Ponchatoula, La., 50 miles northwest of New Orleans.
Today, Elmer Chocolate boxed chocolates are available in most major U.S. retailers for Valentine’s Day with additional distribution in Canada, Mexico and Central America. Local Easter favorites – Gold Brick and Heavenly Hash eggs – have enjoyed expanded distribution from Houston to the Florida panhandle.
Significant investments in technology have enabled Elmer Chocolate to be a key player in the seasonal boxed chocolate category without the need to move manufacturing outside the of the U.S. Elmer is the largest employer in the city of Ponchatoula and continues to take the lead on projects that benefit the entire community, such as the building of a new library (and later expansion) and purchasing life-saving equipment for the local police force.
Robert Nelson is the current president – the third generation of Nelson leadership for Elmer Chocolate – and has served on the Executive Committee and is a current Board Trustees of the National Confectioners Association.
Location: Ponchatoula, LA - 1st District
U.S. Employees: 335
Exports to Other Countries: Yes
Robert A. Nelson, President
NCA Board of Trustees
Elmer Candy Corporation produces products such as Heavenly Hash and Gold Brick Eggs, as well as holiday-specific chocolates