Richard & Constance Stilwell brought their secret and original recipe for Humbugs with them when they moved to Montreal from England in 1909. Richard Stilwell, who was also a violinist, lost his job and in order to keep his family going, started to make Humbugs in 1914. The Stilwell family incorporated Stilwells in 1927 and started to make a wide variety of products including fudge and other chocolates made by their eldest daughter Gladys. Stilwells opened its first store in Verdun in 1933 and then moved the business to Centrale Street in Lasalle, in the late 90’s. In 2010 Stilwells closed its store, but Lorne Jenkins kept making limited amounts of Humbugs for loyal customers.
In August 2013, it appeared that the supply of these wonderful candies was in serious danger of being cut off forever and so, after discussions with both Lorne Jenkins and my wife Toni, who owns the wonderful store called, Le Panier, located in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, we decided to step in to help revitalize the company.