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About Clarence A. Crane
Inventor of Life Saver Candies.
Inventor. In 1903 in Warren, Ohio, Crane started what became the largest maple sugar producer in the world at the time. He would sell the business in 1909 and make chocolate candies at his Queen Victoria Chocolate Company. Chocolates tended to melt in the summer so he thought about producing a candy mint to help his sales during the hot weather. Crane punched a small hole in the middle of this mints to resemble a life preserver, which were starting to be used on ships. Crane's Pep-O-Mint Life Savers were born.
Clarence Crane was also the father of poet Hart Crane.