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Summer Sweets & Treats! - August 31, 2012

Q: The famous candy-maker, Russell Stover, was born near Alton, Kan., in 1888. Russell’s wife, Clara Stover, was less famous. But she does get credit for naming at least one iconic ice cream treat. Do you know what it is?

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Russell Stover Chocolate Truffles. (Flickr Photo by Dave Lifson)


A: Eskimo Pies


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Russell Stover was born in 1888, in a sod house near Alton, in Osborne County. His family moved to Iowa where he studied chemistry at Iowa State University. In 1911, Russell Stover married Clara Lewis. Eventually, Russell Stover went into business with Christian Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, who had invented an ice cream treat called the I-Scream Bar. Clara Stover suggested a new name for the product - the Eskimo Pie. The treat became so successful that the Stovers and Nelson became wealthy. In 1924, they sold the company and moved to Denver, where the Stovers operated "Mrs. Stover's Bungalow Candies." They opened candy factories in Denver and Kansas City. When Russell Stover died in 1954, his company was producing 11 million pounds of candy a year.

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