During this culturally sanctioned time to eat chocolate, it’s important to remember that not all sweets come out of pillow-sized bags. In fact, we’ve got a pretty great wealth of amazing candy stores in our region. For a more local sugar rush, check out some of these spots:
At the nostalgically themed ice cream parlor Franklin Fountain, “clear toy” candies are available in all manner of fun shapes, cast in the molds of a Victorian era shop that was located on Girard Avenue. Owners Ryan and Eric Berley, meanwhile, are on the verge of (re)opening the historic Shane Candies, America’s first candy store which will dish up buttercreams, truffles, taffies and fudge.
Swiss-made Teuscher Chocolate opened its only stateside retail shop in Philly a few years back and there’s no sugar rush more refined than the one brought on by its pink peppercorn-dappled chocolate bars, ultra-dark truffles and gianduja pralines.
Opened in 1850, Center City’s Maron Chocolates is a classic spot for, caramels, clusters, Double Dipt Mints and other sweet treats; pumpkin truffles are a must this time of year.
Halloween is just another excuse in a sweet-lover’s calendar to visit Lore’s, the Old City confectioner that sells seasonal goodies like chocolate witches, dark-dipped gingersnaps, candy corn and hand decorated mints, in addition to a full slate of chocolates.
The sugary goods are rather serious at West Chester’s Éclat Chocolate, which takes the cocoa bean to new levels with spiced mediants, basil-infused bars and shiraz truffles, but in this season the store also sells good old-fashioned chocolate pumpkins.
It’s Halloween all year long at the mother and daughter-owned The Little Candy Shoppe on Liberties Walk, where the goods range from artisan truffles to vintage wafers, penny candy and chocolate novelties.
Chef Marcie Turney ups the truffle ante with her Marcie Blaine chocolates, an artisanal line using local ingredients. This season’s lineup features pecan pie with crispy caramel and pumpkin spice—though the Tipsy Poodle (coffee and whiskey) is another apt choice for fall.
250 kinds of treats line the walls at Philly Sweettooth, Queen Village’s one-stop shop for scoop-your-own Crybaby tears, licorice, jelly beans malt balls and chocolate covered brownie bites.