Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at America’s Oldest Candy Store
One of my favorite new finds in Philadelphia is Shane Confectionary. Stepping into the shop with its creaking wooden floors and early 1900’s wooden cabinets and marble counter-tops is like taking a step back in time. Considered America’s oldest candy store, chocolates and hard candies have been made on the premises since 1863.
Originating with the Herring family, known for their confectionary mastery, the shop passed through various owners until 1911, when it was purchased by Edward Shane. The shop remained in the Shane family for almost a century before being just recently acquired by the Berley brothers (owners of the fabulous Franklin Fountain ice cream shop down the block). Paying close attention to restoring and maintaining all the original historical details and candy making techniques, Shane Confectionery re-opened last December to popular acclaim.
Preserving traditions dating back more than a century, the Berley brothers aim to deliver delicious house-made treats that are often forgotten in today’s modern world of heavily processed commercial candy bars. Only premium ingredients are used here, using all natural flavorings and real fruits, and all the favorites are produced the old-fashioned way – made from scratch in small batches following the original Shane recipes using the painstakingly refurbished antique molds and equipment.
Browse the glass cases and try not to drool over the array of chocolate truffles, chocolate covered pretzels (made with local Lancaster pretzels), and chocolate covered marshmallows. Colorful gumballs and hard candies tempt from antique glass jars and just in time for summer you can find authentic, fresh salt-water taffy, lemon straws, and house-made boardwalk fudge, bringing a taste of a seaside vacation to the city. But most important of all, you simply cannot leave without trying the famous butter creams, made on the original antique iron fondant cooker and dipped in chocolate following the original Shane recipe written on the back on an envelope. Definitely a splurge but well worth the treat!