Crows were invented in the 1890s by confectioners Ernest Von Au and Joseph Maison. The Black Crows trademark was registered in 1911. There is an urban legend that Crows were to be called "Black Rose," but the printer misheard the name as "Black Crows" and printed wrappers with the wrong name on them. This myth has been debunked.
In 1972, Tootsie Roll Industries acquired the Crows brand by purchasing Mason Division from Candy Corporation of America. Crows were featured on Red Bar Radio.
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