From the iconic mouthwatering smells of Hershey’s chocolate to the famous fluffy marshmallow Peeps, Pennsylvania is a candy lover’s paradise. Looking to discover more hidden sweet spots? Take a trip through the state and indulge in unique, rich and delicious treats near Pittsburgh, York and more.
Wilbur Chocolate Co. - Dutch Country Roads
Wilbur Chocolate Company, known for its fine quality chocolate, annually produces more than 170 million pounds of chocolate products and other various food ingredients. Visitors to the modern candy kitchen can watch handmade chocolates created right before their eyes, including homemade marshmallow, almond bark, heavenly hash, mint drizzle and more. After the mouth-watering tour, check out the Wilbur Chocolate Co.’s Candy Americana© Museum, which has more than 150 hand-painted European and Oriental antique porcelain chocolate pots.
Peeps Candy - Lehigh Valley
Everyone is familiar with the famous colorful sugar and fluffy marshmallow combination called Peeps, but many are surprised to know that they are made right here in Pennsylvania. For more than fifty years, Peeps candy has become a staple in Easter baskets all around the country and a tasty reminder that spring is here. Peeps now offers its tasty candies year round. Enjoy a traditional yellow peep chick this Easter, celebrate Halloween with a sweet fluffy ghost, and on Valentine’s Day, forget the flowers instead give the irresistible chocolate covered strawberry flavored peep.
Wolfgang Candy Company - Dutch Country Roads
Indulge in more than just delicious chocolate and candy when visiting the Wolfgang Candy Company. Recently voted one of the "Top 5 Tasty Tours" in the Nation by the Food Network, a tour of Wolfgang Candy allows guests to see, smell and taste candy being created and learn the unique history behind this fifth generation, family-owned business. Visitors can feast their eyes on the process that transforms tiny pretzels into chocolate-covered delights and as watch peanut butter centers are covered in creamy milk chocolate. Watch the process culminate on a hand-packing line reminiscent of that signature I LOVE LUCY episode.
Sarris Candies - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Starting from humble roots in the basement of Frank Sarris’s Canonsburg home, the Sarris Candy Company has been voted by Pittsburgh natives to have the best chocolates in the city. From bite-size s’mores candies, to chocolate-shaped bunnies, Sarris Candy creates a wide and creative mix of treats that is sure to impress. The company also offers treats for every holiday and even allows the customer to customize their own box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, or any other occasion.
Anstine’s Candy Box - Dutch Country Roads
Located in York, Anstine's Candy has been selling quality, handmade chocolate for nearly 60 years. In the late 1930s, young Anna Belle Anstine started making chocolates as a hobby. Now, two generations later in the same small shop, her granddaughter Anna and her husband Allen make candy in the same tradition, using only quality ingredients and no preservatives. The centers are cooked and stirred (and stirred and stirred!) and rolled by hand. Because of this method, no two pieces are alike. Each center is coated in pure milk or dark chocolate of the highest grade, derived directly from the cocoa bean. They do it the old-fashioned way at Anstine’s, using only the best ingredients.
Daffin’s Candy - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Daffin's Candies has earned national recognition for its delectable sweet and semi-sweet milk chocolate candy with nearly 100 years of experience and three generations of chocolate makers. In addition to its line of yummy chocolates, Daffin's provides gourmet chocolates through its Jean Marie Collection, featuring unique hand-molded chocolates. Each piece of Daffin's candy continues to be hand-decorated, increasingly becoming a rarity in the candy business. Daffin's Chocolate Kingdom, located at the retail store in Sharon, includes large chocolate animals, two large castles and an entire miniature village with chocolate houses and railroads. The company also holds Swizzle Stick day, an open house day during at the Farrell candy factory when visitors can view how candy is created. Patrons also receive a free sample of a swizzle stick dipped in fresh candy filling with fresh chocolate dipped on top.
Hershey Chocolate World and The Hershey Story - Dutch Country Roads
Touting the title, “The Sweetest Place On Earth,” Hershey lives up to its name with chocolate and candy sights, smells and taste-testing experiences at multiple locations. Visitors can go behind the scenes to learn how the famous chocolates are created on Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour and receive a sample of the delicious, finished product. Chocolate enthusiasts also can experience Hershey’s one-of-a-kind Create Your Own Candy Bar attraction that lets guests design customized candy bars and wrappers. Continue the sweet time and embark on Hershey’s Chocolate Tasting Adventure to earn a degree in chocolate tasting, see Hershey’s product characters come to life during the Really Big 3D Show and climb aboard the Hershey Trolley Works for old-fashioned fun.
Gardners Candies - The Alleghenies
For more than a century, Gardners Candies has been crafting beautifully decorated candies, described by sweet lovers as “simply out of this world.” Founded by sixteen year old James “Pike” Gardner, the young entrepreneur first operated out of a small store in downtown Tyrone and later added a horse-drawn wagon to transport and sell candy, popcorn and peanuts at local fairs and carnivals.