From Chocolate to Lofts- Memories of Patterkrisp Candy?


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Photo- Almonte Gazette April 8 1940

It began with this ad I found in the Almonte Gazette for The Superior Restaurant advertising Patterkrisp candy which I had never heard of before.





Historicist: Butterfly With Chocolate Wings–Click here for many more Patterson Candy Co. ads–BY


The Patterson Candy Co. Limited was a Canadian company established in 1888 that sold a range of candy, and they were advertised as a manufacturer of high-grade chocolate and candy.  But it was their crispy crunchy triangles coated with rich dark chocolate-called Patterkrisps that was their top seller. The chocolate factory was located at the corner of Queen Street and Massey Street in Toronto.




As competition increased, companies attempted to come out with new chocolate candy bars to stay ahead of the competition. The Patterson Chocolate Company of Toronto at one time had such bars as COO-COO-Noodle, the Wildfire chocolate bar, the Patricia chocolate bar – rich cream centre and walnuts. Circa 1930, there was a cookbook produced that advertised and recommended recipes for their “Moonlight Mellos” marshmallow product.

What happened to the company? Once home to the Patterson Chocolate Factory, the building was repurposed in 2005. *The Chocolate Co Lofts are now a popular Queen West conversion in Toronto.

So who has tried Patterkrisps or has a story about them? Let me know in the comment section so I can add to the story.




An employee was surrounded by sample jars of candy made by Paterson and Son Ltd.–Brantford Expositor





Clipped from The Brandon Sun02 Oct 1974, WedPage 3




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal07 Dec 1950, ThuPage 15





Clipped from The Winnipeg Tribune08 Nov 1928, ThuPage 10





*The Chocolate Co Lofts are a popular Queen West conversion. Once home to the Patterson Chocolate Factory, it was repurposed in 2005. Click here to read more..




In Toronto, The Patterson Candy Co. Limited was established in 1888, and the Cowan Co in 1890. Confectionery production greatly increased in Canada in the early 1900s with the establishment of several major producers, including William Neilson Ltd in Toronto in 1908, Willard’s Chocolates Ltd, Toronto, 1914, and Fry-Cadbury Ltd, Montréal, 1920. Walter M. Lowney Co of Montréal and Walter Baker Co of Canada, Toronto, also became established during this period. In these formative years the industry was concentrated in Eastern Canada, a situation that prevails today, although in Western Canada a number of smaller manufacturers emerged during this period and new companies are still appearing.


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Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825-1949

By Elizabeth Driver


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recipe from Chronically Vintage


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)



About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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