True Treats Historic Candy Announces Donations from Grandmother’s Purse

Harpers Ferry, WV – True Treats Historic Candy announced today the recipient of their twice-yearly “Grandmother’s Purse” donations, part of their commitment to donate 10% of their profits to not-for-profit organizations plus candy baskets and other contributions that assist auctions and other fund-raising efforts.

Says True Treats Candy founder Susan Benjamin, “We call this initiative ‘Grandmother’s Purse’ for the sour balls, Lifesavers and other sweets grandmothers carried in their purses to give as treats to their grandchildren. These women had experienced sugar shortages in economic downturns and wars – the sugar-based candy became a symbol of well-being and a gift of love which has carried on for generations. The spirit of this gesture is exactly what we have in mind.”

The recipient of the twice-yearly financial donation is Blue Ridge Community College in West Virginia to be used for scholarships to their culinary program. Says Ms. Benjamin, “We believe the college offers students opportunities to find careers in food that will last a lifetime. Blue Ridge is especially noteworthy because of their focus on unique aspects of food such as sugar and chocolate sculptures as well as traditional culinary disciplines.”

Other recipients of donations and/or gift baskets slated for fund-raisers include the Charlestown Old Opera House; Bolivar Public Library; Shepherdstown Daycare Center; Odd Fellows Lodge; and various animal shelters, all in West Virginia, as well as other organizations throughout the nation.

Call to Not-for-Profits

Organizations who are holding silent auctions or other fundraisers or believe True Treats can help fulfill their service-related mission should contact Susan Benjamin with their requests. These organizations must not be religious or political in nature and should focus on creating positive and productive change in the community. In addition, they must have tax exempt status. Preference is given to West Virginia-based organizations.  Advance notice is always a plus.

True Treats Historic Candy® is the nation’s only historic candy company. Based in Harpers Ferry, WV, it was founded by Susan Benjamin, a professional researcher, author, and expert on historic sweets. The company has been cited by the Food Network,, and Holiday Letting as one of the best candy stores in West Virginia and/or the nation, received Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence, and has been featured everywhere from NPR and Fox News to the Sacramento Bee. Founder Susan Benjamin also gives talks on historic candy at museums, historic societies, libraries, businesses and other places throughout the nation. Her tenth book “Sweet as Sin” (Prometheus, 2016) was on the Smithsonian’s “Best Books about Food.”