R.M. Palmer Company has created holiday candy — like those chocolate bunnies you recall so fondly from childhood — since 1948.

From hollow pursuits spring sweet rewards

R.M. Palmer Company has created holiday candies — like those chocolate bunnies you recall so fondly from childhood — since 1948.

March 22, 2016

When your father makes candy for a living, it’s only natural that you would go into the family business. That was the case for Rich Palmer, whose father started the R.M. Palmer Company in central Pennsylvania in 1948.

R.M. senior had wanted to make novelty chocolates and got a small business loan from a Wells Fargo predecessor. Rich says, “My life and the company started right at the same time. So my early childhood, and my whole life really, has been around the growth and the history of the candy company.”

Today, the company remains family-owned with more than 850 employees, and Wells Fargo still is a part of the business.

For example, Wells Fargo provides working capital and cash-management services. It also helped with financing for equipment and real estate.

R.M. Palmer’s holiday offerings include Easter candies like Baby Binks (one of the company’s original molded candies crafted on a unique hollow-spin molding line), Too Tall Bunny, and many more.

Altogether, it produces more than 80 million pounds of chocolate treats for Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and other holidays.

The R.M. Palmer Company makes about 80 million pounds of chocolate a year.
Palmer Candy chocolate bunnies
Palmer Candy packaging
A sampling of the novelties that R.M. Palmer creates for Easter.
The R.M. Palmer Company, which makes about 80 million pounds of chocolate a year.
“Big Ears” chocolate bunnies go through the hollow-molding process.
Workers package “Too Tall” bunnies in the factory in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
A sampling of the novelties the company creates for Easter.
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