It all started with a passionate dream and a borrowed barrel of sugar on June 17, 1875. That’s the day Fred Sanders Schmidt, commonly known as
Fred Sanders opened his first chocolate shoppe in Detroit.
By the 1940’s and 1950’s, Sanders products and stores were woven into the lives of Michigan families. Sanders soon became the leading purveyor of
confections in the region and started selling directly to national supermarket chains, as well as to other retailers in the area. Eventually, there were more than 57 locations in the Great Lakes
Region offering candy, ice cream toppings and baked goods. These early shoppes were also known for providing light lunches and an assortment of fountain counter specialties including ice cream sodas,
hot fudge sundaes and (the now iconic) Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puffs.