SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)- Springfield residents will miss the sweet smell of chocolate when a longtime candy maker moves its production site.

Pease’s is moving its candy production to St. Louis after more than 80 years in Illinois.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the economy spurred a merger between Pease’s Candy Inc. and the St. Louis-based candy company Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co.

The newspaper reports high gas prices coupled with a rising minimum wage cut into Pease’s profits.

Officials say that Pease’s three retail outlets in Springfield will continue to operate as is. And that the candy will look and taste the same.

The candy maker known for its chocolates, caramels and roasted nuts, will offer four or five of its workers jobs elsewhere in the company.

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