For over 50 years, sweet satisfaction has been Cranberry Sweets & More’s goal and their guarantee.
Bandon is Oregon’s cranberry capital, and for years these beautiful red berries were harvested from the bogs only to find relative obscurity. Some were crushed and filtered into fruit drinks. Others were bagged, frozen, and enjoyed maybe a few times a year. There had to be a kinder fate; a way to enjoy their tangy taste year-round.
Finally, in 1962, Dorothy Johnson, a Bandon resident, invented a way to capture the cranberry’s unique tang in a candy that leaves Cranberry Sweets & More’s competitors baffled and their tasteful customers coming back for more. Dorothy’s father, Clifford Shaw, purchased the recipe in 1974 and Cranberry Sweets & More was born.
In the decades since, they’ve developed literally hundreds of unique fruit candies and chocolates, relying on time-honored recipes and traditional candy-making methods. More recently, they added a small in-factory bakery to increase their cookie selections and, in 2015, given the growing popularity of their caramels and caramel corn, Cranberry Sweets & More officially became a popcorn factory as well. All products are still made by hand, in small batches, using only the finest natural ingredients. The team feels honored to still manufacture their own products and to continue to provide employment opportunities for those who live on Oregon’s South Coast.
If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by Cranberry Sweets & More, where free samples of products are always in good supply. There are two locations – one in Bandon’s historic Old Town and the original shop located in Coos Bay’s Empire District.