Friday, December 8, 2023


Satisfy your sweet tooth; these Northeastern candy stores are a treat!

I’ve been known to hide the Halloween candy my children collect, just so I can enjoy it myself. I keep a stash of Christmas fudge in my freezer year-round. I top my breakfast oatmeal with chocolate chips each morning. It’s undeniable. I have a sweet tooth. If you like candy or sweets of any kind, here are some sweet spots in the Northeastern U.S. you simply must visit!

Old Port Candy Co.

Whether you’re looking for an old favorite from your childhood (think “Abba-Zaba” peanut clusters) or set your sights on a new taste sensation, Old Port Candy Co. is the place for you. Fresh fudge is made on-site, and with more than 100 different fudge flavors to choose from, you’re sure to discover several new favorites.

Location: 422 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101. Website.

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie

This quaint shop began way back in 1806 and claims to be “America’s Oldest Candy Company.” History records that an English woman and her son were shipwrecked off the coast, but somehow managed to survive. In order to make a living for herself and her boy, Ms. Spencer used a barrel of sugar donated by kind neighbors to make candy. Spencer’s efforts were successful. In fact, her tasty Gibraltars are still sold in the shop today! Check it out when you’re in the area.

Location: 122 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970. Website.

Economy Candy

This may be the only candy store in the U.S. that started out as a hat and shoe repair shop! A pushcart originally sold candy outside the shop, but when the Great Depression hit, store owners quickly realized that candy profits outperformed hat and shoe repairs! Today, the store features more than 2,000 different kinds of candies and other sweet treats.

Address: 108 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002. Website.

Aunt Charlotte’s Candies

Since 1920, folks have enjoyed candies made at this establishment. While the first big success was with hand-wrapped caramels, today the company is renowned for its wonderful chocolates. The fourth generation of the original family continues to create treats for customers around the world today.

Address: 5 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109. Website.


Just thinking about these wonderful sweet shops in the Northeastern part of the United States makes me swoon. Of course, there are many other candy confectionaries throughout the U.S. Make my day extra sweet by naming a few of your own favorite candy shops in the comments below. While you do that, I’m going to try and find that Halloween candy I stashed away last fall…


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.



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Neal Davis (@guest_246559)
4 months ago

Thank you, Gail!:-)

Uncle Swags (@guest_230197)
8 months ago

The Chocolate Barn in Shaftsbury, Vermont. All kinds of great things done with chocolates. And I had ice cream for dinner there as well, too bad I can’t get that mail ordered.

Peter (@guest_229731)
8 months ago

Chutters in Littleton, NH. Longest candy counter in the world, Guinness World Records.

Gail (@guest_229739)
8 months ago
Reply to  Peter

Ooh! Sounds like something I need to check out! Thanks for mentioning it, Peter.

Joel L. (@guest_229721)
8 months ago

Hammonds Candy Factory in Denver, CO. Not in the northeast but worth a stop if in the area. They have free tours of the factory. Best known for their candy canes and ribbons but they have other candies as well.

Jesse Crouse (@guest_229614)
8 months ago

Hershey Chocolate Factory tour- Hershey, Pa.

Betty (@guest_229595)
8 months ago

There’s Gateway Candyland on Rt 15 in Thurmont MD. They make their own chocolate candy and have a huge array of candies (think penny candy) by the pound. They also have soft serve ice cream as well as Hershey’s dipped ice cream. Great sundaes and milk shakes.

Debra Rohn (@guest_229584)
8 months ago

Try ANGEL and PHELPS on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, FL! They’ve been hand crafting chocolates since 1925.
They offer Tours and FREE SAMPLES!!!

Karen Graybill (@guest_229604)
8 months ago
Reply to  Debra Rohn

We also love Angel and Phelps! If you’re in Daytona, it’s definitely worth a visit!

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