Established more than 150 years ago, Philadelphia landmark Shane Confectionery flourishes as the oldest continuously run candy shop in the United States.
Since its colonial origins, The City of Brotherly Love has been recognized as one of the nation’s foremost candy producers. Brothers Eric and Ryan Berley co-own Philadelphia’s longstanding Shane Confectionery.
Amidst the original hand-carved wooden display cases and Chippendale-style cabinetry, gleaming silver trays offer a tempting array of classic sweets, such as nonpareils, lollipops, and assorted caramels. Behind the retail space–decorated in a blue palette reminiscent of nearby Independence Hall–copper pots bubble with molten chocolate, infusing the fanciful workshop with the decadent aroma of freshly dipped bonbons.
A specialty of Shane Confectionery, clear-toy candies were brought by the Pennsylvania Dutch to the Delaware Valley from Germany during the eighteenth century. The company, which boasts a library of more than a thousand moulds, is one of a few that still produce these charming cast-sugar creations, intended as edible play things.
Traditional silhouettes include animals, circus figures, and automobiles. Signature Buttercream Eggs, available in a variety of sizes and flavors, are dipped in dark or milk chocolate and piped by hand by a skilled confectioner. See the video below on how these artful glass candies take shape.
For more on Shane Confectionery, see “A Sweet Taste of Nostalgia,” from the March/April 2015 issue of Victoria magazine.