Meet Lenny, Plant Manager at Smarties

Ever wondered what it’s like working at a candy factory? Hear it from the source! Lenny, our New Jersey plant manager, discusses working at Smarties and why he’s sworn to secrecy…


-The Smarties Family

PS- Keep reading for a text transcription of the video.

Video Transcription:

(Lenny Iannia) “Most people work to live… I live to work!  And I know that’s kind of backwards, but I love what I do.  My name is Lenny Iannia, and I am the Plant Manager here at Smarties Candy Company.  Every now and then I catch someone taking a whiff at me and they say, “You smell sweet,” and I tell them I work at a candy factory.  I am sworn to secrecy.  Our formulas and our practices are proprietary.  I can’t really give you some of the secrets they’re family secrets.  It’s part of the magic of Smarties.  I know it may sound like a cliche, but it is a dream come true for me.  It’s a family owned business, and the employees are treated as family, and we hope to bring a little bit of happiness, and a little bit of joy to each and every customer that buys our product.  And I mean that sincerely, and I do mean that sincerely.  That’s absolutely how I feel.”

  1. Christina

    This is great – Smarties are the only candies my son can eat — do you guys do plant tours? That would make his day.

    1. Thank you for your message, Christina! (sorry for the delayed reply) Sorry, we do not offer plant tours. We do share behind-the-scenes photos (and sometimes videos) on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and here on the Smarties Blog so hopefully you and your son can enjoy that glimpse of candyland. We are glad to hear that your son enjoys Smarties!

  2. Frank Aversa

    Drop me a line..Id like to stop by the plant to say hello.

  3. Frank Aversa

    Drop me a line..Id like to stop by the plant to say hello. – See more at:

  4. Bob Epler

    Glad to see an old friend is doing well. Give me a shout I’m in Union a lot. Great candy my granddaughter got a lot trick or treating.
    The best to you and your family!

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