George and Leah Wood had been in the grocery business in the early years of their marriage. Circumstances and events led them to open ice cream and candy stores in Utah beginning February of 1947. There came a time to decide what they would call this new adventure. George said to Leah, “Momma, would you have ever dreamed when we were newlyweds, in our little honeymoon cottage on Fern Street, near the State Capitol building, that we would someday be in the Ice Cream and Candy business?” Leah began to reminisce at that point, and replied, “Maybe we ought to call the business FERNWOOD. Fern Street was mighty sweet, and we hope that is what our business will be, and it surely would be another romantic beginning.” George smiled and then said, “FERNWOOD, hmmmmm, FERNWOOD CANDY. I like that!” And that is how it all began on February 8, 1947.
In August of 2016, Mike and Linda Staheli purchased Fernwood candy from Dick Wood and his wife Lorraine who were looking to retire. Mr. Wood is the son of founders George and Leah. Seventy years later, Fernwood Candy carries on the “Tradition of Quality” as a Utah company known for their handmade candy and famous Utah chocolate. Fernwood’s Mint Sandwiches are world famous and all of Fernwood’s handmade chocolates delight the palette not only on holidays, but all year round. Mike and Linda invite you to continue to enjoy the timeless appeal of Fernwood candies as we continue this ‘sweet’ adventure!