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Moirs Limited Recipes

Moirs Limited has disappeared from the Halifax landscape, but it was once a huge downtown presence, complete with the unmistakable aroma of chocolate wafting through the business district in which it was located. The company began in 1830 as a bakery, expanded into production of candy and chocolate during the 1870s, and in 1923 launched its iconic ‘Pot of Gold' brand of boxed chocolates.

By the late 1960's, when the business was sold to Standard Brands Canada Limited, Moirs was producing and selling over 75 sizes and varieties of packaged chocolates, over 30 varieties of sweets or sugar candy, and several varieties of chocolate bars.

A century of Moirs Limited business records are held at the Nova Scotia Archives, but the candy recipes featured here were diverted to the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry in Stellarton, NS. Our colleagues there gladly shared them for digitization and online presentation.

The recipes below date from the 1950s and include everything from Black Jelly Beans to French Creams to Molasses Kisses and more….many more. For those of you eager to try these recipes at home, alas -- the ingredients are given in the huge volume quantities required for commercial candy production.


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Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406501
Findings 5lb Fresh Made Assorted - Piece Work Rates 
Date: 5 February 1952
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.1 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406502
Findings for 1lb Treasure - Piece Work Rates 
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.2 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406503
F.M. Frappe 
Date: 14 July 1950
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.3 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406504
F.M. Chocolate Caramels Hard Candy Department 
Date: 17 August 1950
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.4 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406505
F.M. Vanilla Caramels Hard Candy Department 
Date: 17 August 1950
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.5 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406506
F.M. Peanut Fudge Hard Candy Department 
Date: 17 August 1950
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.6 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406507
Freshmade Creams, Starch Department 
Date: 17 August 1950
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.7 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406508
Freshmade Bordeaux, Starch Department 
Date: 17 August 1950
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.8 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406509
F.M. Nougations (Peanut), Hard Candy Department 
Date: 17 August 1950
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.9 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406510
F.M. Chocolate Genesse Fudge, Starch Department 
Date: 17 August 1950
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.10 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406511
XXX Ginger Ale 
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.11 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406512
Moirs Formula Sheet 
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.12 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406514
F.M. Orange Jelly 
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.13 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406515
F.M. Choc. Genesse 
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.14 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates
Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes scan 201406516
F.M. Pineapple Fruit 
Reference no.: Museum of Industry Moirs Recipes I 2012.26.20.15 

Topic: Moir's Chocolates

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