LARKSPUR (CBS/AP) — Former See’s Candy president Charles Huggins, who was chief taster and guided the chain’s expansion to more than 200 stores during a 55-year career, has died. He was 87.

His wife Donna Ewald-Huggins said that her husband died at his home in Larkspur a week after suffering a stroke.

Charles Huggins began working at See’s Candies in 1951 as a manager in the company’s San Francisco packing department. He served as president and chief executive from 1972 to 2006, when he retired.

Huggins was instrumental in the See family’s 1972 sale of the company to Berkshire Hathaway Inc..

Huggins’ favorite candies were black licorice and Hershey’s chocolate.

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