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Philly’s Essential Candy Shops

Where to buy chocolates for Valentine’s Day

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Heart-shaped chocolates from Éclat Chocolate
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Philly’s long legacy in the candy industry lives on today in candy shops selling chocolates, lollipops, licorice, jelly beans, and other sugary treats in the city and suburbs, including some original makers.

In Old City, the building that houses Shane Confectionery has been home to a candy manufacturer since 1863 (the Berley brothers of Franklin Fountain fame took it over in 2011). Mueller Chocolate Co. in Reading Terminal Market is known for its unusually shaped chocolates — here a chocolate heart refers to the anatomical kind. In West Chester, Chris Curtin makes award-winning truffles at Eclat.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at any of these standout candy shops.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Éclat Chocolate

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24 S High St
West Chester, PA 19382
(610) 692-5206
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Master chocolatier Chris Curtin’s confections have been hailed as the best chocolates in America. He spent time learning the trade in Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Japan before setting up in West Chester. His elegant truffles, crèmes, caramels, and bars are also sold online and in other shops, including Di Bruno Bros.

2. Sweet Stuff

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107 Coulter Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 896-8516
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For more than 30 years, Sweet Stuff in Ardmore’s Suburban Square has been wowing kids and adults alike with its walls of candy. The Main Line’s largest selection of candy and chocolate includes all types of gummies, nonpareils, licorice, jelly beans, chocolates, and chocolate-covered pretzels and dried fruit.

3. Mueller Chocolate Co.

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45 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-6164
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On a busy day, Mueller Chocolate Company inside Reading Terminal Market can serve up to 800 customers. Many stop to get boxes of chocolate caramels sprinkled with sea salt or chocolate-covered pretzels and fruit — the brave try the chocolate-covered onion or opt for a body part, like the brain-shaped chocolate.

4. Verde

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108 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-8700
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Chef Marcie Turney, half of the dynamic duo behind restaurants Lolita, Barbuzzo, Little Nonna’s, Jamonera, and Bud & Marilyn’s, has developed a following for her hand-crafted chocolates in flavors like gingerbread, maple pumpkin, and blood orange. Find them at her 13th Street boutique Verde.

5. Nuts To You

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1328 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 545-2911
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With five locations in Philadelphia, this nuts and candy shop stands ready with a sweet or salty fix. The vast selection includes caramels, cordials, marshmallows, gummies, hard candy, mints, chocolate-covered nuts, and more.

6. Lore's Chocolates

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34 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-3233
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Family-owned Lore’s has been making sweets since 1967. More than 100 types of chocolates and confections made by hand in small batches are sold at the Old City shop, which is just a block from the Liberty Bell. Choose from chocolate-covered graham crackers and pretzels, malted milk balls, single varietal chocolate bars, butter toffee pecans, caramels, and sugar candy.

7. Shane Confectionery

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110 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1048
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Stepping into Shane Confectionery is like going back in time. The old-fashioned Old City shop has been the site of a candy manufacturer since 1863. When brothers Ryan and Eric Berley of Franklin Fountain took it over from the Shane family in 2011, they played up the historic feel, preserving the vintage equipment and decor and resurrecting century-old recipes. Stop here for house-made chocolate caramels and buttercreams or head to the small cafe in the back for a flight of drinking chocolate.

inside an old fashioned candy shop Shane Confectionery

8. Anthony’s Chocolate House

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905 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Anastasio family, which goes back four generations in the Italian Market, is behind Anthony’s Italian Coffee & Chocolate House. To the left is the coffee shop; enter the door on the right to browse the display of chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate turtles, chocolate cordial cherries, and dark chocolate truffles filled with hazelnut ganache.

9. Aurora Grace

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517 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 703-8886
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This relative newcomer to the candy scene sells some of the city’s most stunning chocolates. Owner Aurora Wold honed her skills in New York City restaurants like Jean-Georges and Eleven Madison Park before opening this Queen Village charmer. She uses sustainably sourced chocolate to create hand-painted bonbons in vibrant colors, slow-cooked caramels, crisp toffees, nougats, pate de fruit, marshmallows, and candy bars.

10. Philly Sweettooth

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630 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 923-8800

Just off South Street, Sweettooth is a big draw for families in the neighborhood and tourists looking for a sweet pick-me-up. More than 250 items in the store make deciding what to get a challenge, but mix-and-matching from the rows of candy-filled containers is encouraged.

11. John Lerro Candy

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2434 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 336-0411
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Going strong for more than a century, Lerro’s in South Philly is a local favorite for chocolate-dipped everything. Caramels, buttercreams, cashew patties, and chocolate-covered pretzels are best sellers at this old-fashioned, family-run shop.

1. Éclat Chocolate

24 S High St, West Chester, PA 19382

Master chocolatier Chris Curtin’s confections have been hailed as the best chocolates in America. He spent time learning the trade in Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Japan before setting up in West Chester. His elegant truffles, crèmes, caramels, and bars are also sold online and in other shops, including Di Bruno Bros.

24 S High St
West Chester, PA 19382

2. Sweet Stuff

107 Coulter Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

For more than 30 years, Sweet Stuff in Ardmore’s Suburban Square has been wowing kids and adults alike with its walls of candy. The Main Line’s largest selection of candy and chocolate includes all types of gummies, nonpareils, licorice, jelly beans, chocolates, and chocolate-covered pretzels and dried fruit.

107 Coulter Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003

3. Mueller Chocolate Co.

45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

On a busy day, Mueller Chocolate Company inside Reading Terminal Market can serve up to 800 customers. Many stop to get boxes of chocolate caramels sprinkled with sea salt or chocolate-covered pretzels and fruit — the brave try the chocolate-covered onion or opt for a body part, like the brain-shaped chocolate.

45 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

4. Verde

108 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Chef Marcie Turney, half of the dynamic duo behind restaurants Lolita, Barbuzzo, Little Nonna’s, Jamonera, and Bud & Marilyn’s, has developed a following for her hand-crafted chocolates in flavors like gingerbread, maple pumpkin, and blood orange. Find them at her 13th Street boutique Verde.

108 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Nuts To You

1328 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

With five locations in Philadelphia, this nuts and candy shop stands ready with a sweet or salty fix. The vast selection includes caramels, cordials, marshmallows, gummies, hard candy, mints, chocolate-covered nuts, and more.

1328 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Lore's Chocolates

34 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Family-owned Lore’s has been making sweets since 1967. More than 100 types of chocolates and confections made by hand in small batches are sold at the Old City shop, which is just a block from the Liberty Bell. Choose from chocolate-covered graham crackers and pretzels, malted milk balls, single varietal chocolate bars, butter toffee pecans, caramels, and sugar candy.

34 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

7. Shane Confectionery

110 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
inside an old fashioned candy shop Shane Confectionery

Stepping into Shane Confectionery is like going back in time. The old-fashioned Old City shop has been the site of a candy manufacturer since 1863. When brothers Ryan and Eric Berley of Franklin Fountain took it over from the Shane family in 2011, they played up the historic feel, preserving the vintage equipment and decor and resurrecting century-old recipes. Stop here for house-made chocolate caramels and buttercreams or head to the small cafe in the back for a flight of drinking chocolate.

110 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Anthony’s Chocolate House

905 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Anastasio family, which goes back four generations in the Italian Market, is behind Anthony’s Italian Coffee & Chocolate House. To the left is the coffee shop; enter the door on the right to browse the display of chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate turtles, chocolate cordial cherries, and dark chocolate truffles filled with hazelnut ganache.

905 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

9. Aurora Grace

517 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This relative newcomer to the candy scene sells some of the city’s most stunning chocolates. Owner Aurora Wold honed her skills in New York City restaurants like Jean-Georges and Eleven Madison Park before opening this Queen Village charmer. She uses sustainably sourced chocolate to create hand-painted bonbons in vibrant colors, slow-cooked caramels, crisp toffees, nougats, pate de fruit, marshmallows, and candy bars.

517 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. Philly Sweettooth

630 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Just off South Street, Sweettooth is a big draw for families in the neighborhood and tourists looking for a sweet pick-me-up. More than 250 items in the store make deciding what to get a challenge, but mix-and-matching from the rows of candy-filled containers is encouraged.

630 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

11. John Lerro Candy

2434 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Going strong for more than a century, Lerro’s in South Philly is a local favorite for chocolate-dipped everything. Caramels, buttercreams, cashew patties, and chocolate-covered pretzels are best sellers at this old-fashioned, family-run shop.

2434 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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