December 14 2017

Sweet Talk: A guide to Philly-made candy

By Elisa Ludwig


’Tis the season for getting in a tizzy. When social invitations start piling up it can be difficult to remember to grab a host gift in time. Here are some fine local choices for chocolates that will please your people.


Marcie Blaine

108 S. 13th St., 215.546. 8700

The chef/mastermind behind 13th Street Restaurants (Lolita, Little Nonna’s, Barbuzzo) puts her ingenuity into clever seasonal chocolates. For holiday joy, try the gingerbread with milk chocolate and cinnamon, the spiked egg nog with white chocolate ganache or the sparkling wine infused truffle.

John and Kira’s

Found at various locations in the region. 800.747.4808

The Philly based chocolatier with a socially responsible approach always outdoes itself during the solstice season. Pick up a little box of honey caramel bees, chocolate dipped apricots or spoil your loved ones with a gigantic tower of artisanal sweets.

Shane Confectionary

110 Market St., 215.922.1048

When the Berley brothers rebooted the historic Shane Candy Company, they retained its 19th century charms, including brandied cherries, clear “toy” candies and seasonal picks like coal candy. Better still are the house-dipped bon bons and the array of fancy bars from around the country.


24 S. High St., West Chester, 610.692.5206

West Chester’s jewel is recognized far and wide for its serious artistry. Choose from delicate mendiants with pink peppercorn, impeccable caramels or a box of beer-infused truffles featuring locally brewed Victory Hop Devil

Delice et Chocolat

7 Station Rd., Ardmore, 610.649.7001

Two veterans from Le Bec-Fin bring serious pastry cred to Ardmore. The macarons are plentiful and feature colorful variations like raspberry rose petal and elderflower, but the chocolate, combined with honey and cinnamon or earl gray tea, will wow your hosts.

Zipf’s Candies

8433 Germantown Ave., 215.248.1877

A truly nostalgic candy store experience, the family-owned Zipf’s in Chestnut Hill is a few steps off the main drag of Germantown Avenue. The housemade barks and truffles and wide array of interesting sweets from around the world offer plenty of options for gift-bearing guests.

Lore’s Chocolates

34 S. 7th St., 215.627.3233

The hand-dipped chocolates at Lore’s in Center City come with classic fillings like buttercream, marshmallows and nuts. Perfect for the traditionalists on your list.

Read other December 2017 Newsletter articles

Fresh From The Oven
Seasonal Musings
Party In Focus
The Dish
The Takeaway
At Home
By The Glass
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