According to The New York Times:

THIS may be one of the biggest chocolate weeks of the year, but a shortage of bonbons isn’t likely in these parts. There are at least 15 chocolate producers in the state, from tiny artisanal boutiques to companies that started small and grew over several generations.

One of the first chocolate makers was Peter Paul Halajian, an Armenian immigrant, who began making chocolates at home in the Naugatuck Valley in the early 20th century. In 1919 he started a wholesale candy business — the Peter Paul Manufacturing Company in New Haven — and soon was producing Mounds and Almond Joy. […]