Our Rich Heritage
As distinctive as Esther Price’s gold box, so is the taste of our chocolates. Esther Price Candies continues the tradition of old-fashioned quality using the same recipes that Esther Price herself perfected over 85 years ago! Many chocolates are still made by hand, just like in Esther’s day!
It all began when Esther Price first learned to make fudge in her 7th grade Home Economics class. She was so excited she ran home and asked her mother if she could make more. Esther then branched into making chocolates which she would take to her co-workers at a department store in downtown Dayton, Ohio. After starting her family in 1926, these same co-workers encouraged her to continue making candy for them to buy. Her venture selling chocolates from her home business continued for 30 years. Then in 1952, Esther opened her first store on Wayne Ave in Dayton, Ohio, which is still our headquarters today! Little did Esther know that her passion for chocolate would grow into one of the most sought after chocolates in Ohio, as well as one of the finest candy-producing operations in the world!
It was Esther’s belief that fresh dairy cream and butter make the difference in her recipes and she insisted on using only the finest ingredients available in every candy piece she made. To this day, Esther Price Candies continues to use locally produced milk and butter, fancy grade almonds, pecans, and cashews that are unmistakable in every delicious bite. Loyal consumers from all over the country enjoy the pure goodness of our chocolates made without the need for added extenders, fillers or preservatives. We still make all Esther Price Chocolates in Esther’s original plant location on Wayne Avenue. Esther would be so proud to know her chocolates were voted as the “Best of Ohio” by Ohio Magazine readers.
Esther sold her company in 1976, to four businessmen from Cincinnati, Ohio. The remaining two, Jim Day and Ralph Schmidt, of the four original partners, operated Esther Price Candies together until 2006, carrying forward Esther's high quality standards.
In 2006, Esther Price Candies, once again, became a family owned business as Jim Day became the sole owner. Jim was joined by his three daughters, sons-in-law and granddaughters. The Day Family actively runs the operations and provides guidance as members of the Board of Directors. Many loyal employees, some hired by Esther, work alongside the Day family.
Today, Esther Price Candies has six retail stores that are open year-round and customers can place online orders 24 hours a day. The wholesale department ensures our chocolates are also readily available in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus area grocery stores. Esther Price Candies employs over 100 people, including Esther’s grandson who said:
“It brings my family great joy to know Esther Price Candies honors my grandmother by continuing to make her original recipes to produce exceptional chocolates!”
–Don Otto, Esther’s Grandson, 2013
Whatever your delight or reason to buy, you can be certain that the Esther Price gold box tied with red ribbon is your assurance that this is the candy against which all others are measured. Esther would be proud to know her chocolate legacy lives on, bringing happiness in each bite.
Lastly, we honor our namesake with one of our favorite quotes. Esther enjoyed making others happy, and, by making the best chocolates she could, was her way of bringing happiness to those who touched her life!
"Happiness is eating a piece of Esther Price candy."
As part of the legacy Esther left behind, we continue to educate and inform our customers with effective communication online and throughout Esther Price stores. Our concern is for you and your family. That’s why we offer sugar-free products and clearly mark packages with an allergen statement which reads: ALLERGY INFORMATION: Produced on shared equipment with nuts, tree nuts, and wheat.
This care and concern expresses our ESTHER PRICE PROMISE: Esther Price has been passionate about making premium chocolates with the finest ingredients since 1926. As such, we want to be absolutely certain your online order arrives in “tip-top” condition! If for any reason it does not, simply call 1-855-3-ESTHER.