Supreme Chocolatier turns 100
Supreme Chocolatier, LLC is celebrating triple-digits.
The Staten Island, N.Y.-based company - founded in 1911 by Emmanuel and Katherine Katsoris - is turning 100 this year.
Greece-native Emmanuel Katsoris began by making candy on his marble slab table in a small retail store kitchen after arriving in the United States, the company says. Originally manufacturing ice cream and chocolate, he had been a candy maker in Europe and operated Port Richmond Square Candy Kitchen for more than 42 years.
Emmanuel encouraged his two sons, George and Peter to expand, and after World War II, they were able to receive a veterans’ quota for chocolate and sugar because Peter had served in Germany. With their small supply, they began making chocolate-covered fruits and cherry cordials.
In 1950, the brothers moved to Richmondtown, where they operated the only candy factory on the island.
Eventually, George Sr., and his sons Michale and George purchased Blum’s of San Fransisco and The House of Bauer.
Now, the company, which has remained in the family for four generations, offers a full range of enrobed and molded chocolate products under the Blum’s of San Francisco, House of Bauer, and Superior Confection’s brand names.
The plant spans 100,000 sq. ft. and produces several million pounds of chocolate per year. There also is a 6,000-sq.-ft. retail store and a group educational center with a 70-seat movie theater where people can view the factory through a 150-ft. glass corridor.
Supreme is planning to hold a number of special events throughout the year in honor of its centennial birthday, including a Staten-Island-wide search for Supreme’s Gold Tickets. Four tickets will be tucked inside Supreme’s Candy Bars and will grant the finders a hands-on tasting and tour of the company.
The company also will host an anniversary party June 18.
For more information, visit www.supremechocolatier.com.