Candy has a fascinating and delicious history, from its earliest iterations in the ancient world as honey-coated flowers and fruits, to its form in the Middle Ages as a delight for the wealthy, to its pre-industrialization status as an aid for upset stomachs. Lucky for us, today’s treats are more affordable, diverse, and delicious than ever. From world-class chocolate to bulk candy bliss, to hard-to-find favorites from when you were a kid, the candy stores of Pennsylvania are ready and waiting to bring a sweet smile to your face.
Now operating in three locations, Grandpa Joe’s has experienced some sweet success, and it's no mystery as to why. Bring the kids or just feel like one yourself and fill a box from the “Candy Buffet Wall,” featuring over 125 kinds of mix and match candies, for $5. Be sure and leave time to check out their soda collection, which boasts the largest selection of glass bottled sodas in all of Western Pennsylvania!
Baldinger’s specializes in hard to find candy, and does so very well. From nostalgic finds to European imports, a trip to this Zelienople location is special down to the checkout, where a delightfully antique register will ring you up. To make matters even more tasty, Baldinger’s features a wine store on premises, which hosts daily tastings and is sure to have a perfect pairing for whichever goodies you’re looking to gobble.
A mom and pop store becoming one of the largest chocolate producers in the U.S., while maintaining its original charm and character, is quite the feat to accomplish. Relying on a uniquely tasty blend of service, selection and quality, Sarris has become a favorite for both local and long distance fans. Pick from chocolate covered pretzels, specialty items, or outstanding ice cream, and add a little sweetness to your day.
One would be hard pressed to discuss the candy of Pennsylvania without making mention of Hershey. Enter Hershey’s Chocolate World, a wonderland of all things chocolate. Take a free 10-minute tour, enjoy a 4D experience, or simply browse an enormous selection of Hershey’s treats. Visit in the summer and combine with an exciting day at nearby Hershey Park!
If you’re feeling peckish in the Poconos, a trip to Callie’s Candy Kitchen is certainly in order. For more than 60 years, Callie’s has cranked out decadent chocolates and candies, and delighted visitors with a behind the scenes tour of the factory. Try the outstanding fudge or unique chocolate covered potato chips.
Lore’s Chocolates is a delightful combination of candy shop and espresso bar. Visit for their sinful sweets, or book a chocolate party for your little one, where they can become a junior chocolatier. Pick up some of their hot chocolate and in house marshmallows for one of the coziest gift ideas in all of Pennsylvania!
Stefanelli’s features old favorites and newfangled confections sure to delight even the most jaded consumer. Try their Oreo bark, or exquisite sponge candies, a chocolate covered toffee/meltaway hybrid guaranteed to keep you coming back time and time again.
The Market Street location of Shane Confectionery has housed similar businesses since 1863. Its contemporary iteration does its predecessors proud with a delicious combination of modern and classic treats. One particularly intriguing offering is Shane’s clear candy toys, a traditional sweet brought to Pennsylvania by the Amish. Meant to be played with, then devoured, these whimsical delights are carried by only about six American companies, making a trip to Shane’s as singular as it is sweet.
Named by Bon Appetit Magazine as one of the best artisanal chocolate purveyors in the United States, Éclat is no stranger to great praise. One visit will make clear why, as the quality at this West Chester location is unmistakable. From seasonal items to exquisite regulars, it is simply impossible to choose a favorite item, but you’ll sure have fun trying.
Adorable, sustainable, unique: What more could a chocolate lover ask for? John and Kira’s offers quality, handmade chocolates from top shelf ingredients, often in precious shapes like bunnies and ladybugs. Be sure to try an “Urban Garden Bar,” made from city grown materials, with 5 percent of proceeds going directly back to the gardens.