…We are truly addicted! Whether it’s their world famous turtles, chocolate covered marshmallows, caramels, chocolate covered fruits and nuts, marzipan, or peppermint patties, the choices are endless and the quality is amazing. They use only the very freshest and best ingredients and you must try the Nutty Butter Corn… — Linda Taubman and Neal Sakwa
Mr. Bogg and his lovely wife, Dorothy, started the business together at the original location on Woodward in 1936. Mr. Bogg made the candy in the evening, and his wife would sell it during the day while he was at his refrigeration job. They used to live above the candy store, in the apartments that were above it.
Lisa, Debbie and Gregg, the owners of Sydney Boggs Sweet Essentials
Mr. Bogg built his reputation and business by using the finest quality ingredients. His reputation was impeccable. Mr. Bogg’s customers were very loyal. After they had their first taste, they were hooked.
In 1966, Mr. Bogg was seeking to retire, and sold his business to Ralph Skidmore, his head cook. It was Mr. Skidmore’s practice to employ local teenagers, and their family members. Ralph Skidmore suddenly passed away in 1988. The business continued with Mrs. Skidmore at the helm, with all of the kids helping her. The candy was still being made with much care and love. The business finally closed down in 2002.
When Sydney Bogg closed down for good, the longtime candymakers Debbie and Gary Schlicker, and Lisa Peasley, started receiving requests for candy to be made for special events, like weddings and baby showers. After living with a candy shop operating out of their home for almost a year, they realized that they needed to look into purchasing a building from which they could operate and really make this candy business flourish. That was the beginning of Sydney Bogg’s Sweet Essentials. Today, the Sydney Bogg candy tradition is alive and well, at 3233 W. 12 Mile Road in Berkley, MI.