In 1855 in New Orleans, Christopher Henry Miller turned his pastry chef experience into the Miller Candy Corporation. His son-in-law, Augustus Elmer, eventually joined him. In 1914, Elmer’s sons signed on to what is now known as Elmer Candy Corporation.
In the 1960s, Roy Nelson purchased the confectionery business from the Elmer family and moved operations to Ponchatoula, LA — the Northshore of New Orleans. The company’s offerings were refocused, concentrating on seasonal chocolates rather than everyday candy and snacks.
Elmer Chocolate Today
Today, Elmer Chocolate is run by the third generation of Nelsons and is the second-largest heart box manufacturer in the country. In 2016, the company expanded its facility footprint by adding an additional 70,000 sq. ft. to its already 330,000 sq. ft. factory. Elmer Chocolate continues to lead with the highest level of quality control, food safety and industry innovation.