Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011
While not actually a member of the original See’s family, Charles N. Huggins, the retired president and CEO of See’s Candies, might have been known as “Papa” See’s. He served as president and CEO of the California-based company from 1972 to 2005 and had been with the company for more than 55 years.
I grew up on See’s chocolate living in Southern California and, as a Cub Scout, had visited the factory on La Cienega Boulevard which turned out to be one of the inspirations that enticed me to start Choclatique.
See’s Candies was founded in 1921. They are known for their sparkling clean black and white shops where candies are packed to order. See’s has reputation for having quality chocolate and has been a great brand with which to compete.
Mr. Huggins died on August 19th at the age of 87. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family. Mr. Huggins is survived by his wife of 12 years, Donna; sons Peter and Charles; daughters Anne and Shelley; sister, Ruth Slack; and nine grandchildren.