, Salem, MA


July 30, 2013

Letter: Buffum’s varied history


The famous Salem Gibralter is identified with Buffum Street, where Mrs. Spencer from England made the first batches using sugar, water, cream of tartar, corn starch, and oil of peppermint — then peddled them in a horse-drawn wagon from one shop to the next where they caught on fast, becoming known far and wide.

Later, the company was sold to John W. Pepper, who opened a candy factory on Buffum Street, where Gibralters continued to be made and the equally famous Black Jack was invented.

Today, you can still buy “original” Gibralters and Black Jacks — souvenirs of 19th century Buffum Street — at Ye Olde Pepper Companie, right across the street from The House of the Seven Gables.

Jeanne Stella


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