Chocolate confectionery retail chain Fannie May Candies has announced the opening of its 50th retail store in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the opening of nine other Chicago-area locations this month.

The company said the continued expansion caps a successful first year for Fannie May, since the first shop reopened last November.

“We’re delighted to report that the past 12 months have been a sweet success, thanks to the many loyal chocolate-lovers who wanted to ‘Taste More’ of their hometown favourite,” said Alan Petrik, executive vice president and general manager of Fannie May. “This season, we are excited to meet consumer demand with more store locations, and more catalogue and on-line ordering options, to make it easier to grace the holiday traditions of family and friends.”