The legacy of MAGANLAL CHIKKI began way back in 1880, when Late Shree Bhewarji Agarrwal launched a modest sweet shop at Lonavala by his son Maganlal’s name. They began making various traditional sweets out of locally available resources especially ghee, jaggery etc. Much later in the 1900s when the train services had just started operating between Mumbai and Lonavala, Shree Maganalal Agarwal began selling a crude variety of current day Chikki called GUD DANI to travelers. This contained peanuts, jaggery and ghee in semi liquid form and became very popular among train travelers.
Subsequently, the railways decided to sell the packaged version of Gud Dani on its train services. Post this great response received from travelers for their Gud Dani, the Agarwal brothers repackaged it as solid block sweet and renamed as “Maganlal Chikki”. The Maganlal chikkis took on the generic name of the town Lonavala and got ever popular as “Lonavala Chikki”. The packaging of Chikki has emerged from teak leaves then to contemporary, stylized boxes now.
Today Maganlal Chikki has become Maganlal Chikki Products Private Ltd and Maganlal Chikki Sons Pvt. Ltd and both carry the legacy of the original ‘MAGANLAL’ brand and the original Lonavala Chikki.
Maganlal Chikki was selected as a pilot project by UNIDO, FICCI and MCC. Maganlal brand Chikkis- now available in a variety of composition and flavors- supplies to Naval Canteen Services, Central Railways and the likes besides expanding their market to various parts of India and exports to other countries.