Happy Travelers with a sweet tooth follow the aroma of chocolate straight to Pennsylvania! With tons of treats to indulge in, from the iconic Hershey’s® chocolate to the famous fluffy marshmallow PEEPS®, the Keystone State is a candy lover’s paradise!
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® Chocolate Tour inside Hershey’s® Chocolate World. 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 Experience to earn a degree in chocolate tasting and see Hershey’s® characters come to life during the 4D Chocolate Mystery show.
Wilbur® Chocolate Company - 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 retail store in Lititz can watch Wilbur’s candy makers create handmade fudge created right before their eyes. After purchasing your favorite treats at the Wilbur® Chocolate Store, roam around the 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 60 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 PEEPS® chick this Easter, celebrate Halloween with a sweet fluffy ghost, make merry for the holidays with marshmallow trees and snowmen, and on Valentine’s Day, forget the flowers and give the irresistible chocolate-covered strawberry flavored PEEPS® a try!
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates - Upstate PA
From the young age of 12, Gertrude Hawk began learning the art of chocolate making while working in a local candy shop in Scranton, Pa. Today, the business has expanded from its humble beginnings in Gertrude’s small family kitchen to its large manufacturing facility in Dunmore, Pa., which provides sweets for more than 60 retail store locations across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Every fall, guests are welcome to take tour of the Dunmore facility to see the art of candy making up close. Whether you’re a fan of the signature Smidgens®, fudge or hand-dipped specialties, all the chocolates produced remain true to Gertrude’s traditional time-honored recipes.
Daffin’s Candies - 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 the wide variety of chocolate arrangements, Daffin's offers salt water taffy and hard candies that will make any sweet tooth happy. 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 at the candy factory when visitors can view how candy is created.
Sarris Candies® - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Starting from humble roots in the basement of Frank Sarris’s Canonsburg home, Sarris Candies® 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 Candies® creates a wide and creative mix of treats that is sure to impress. The company also offers treats for every holiday and even allows visitors to customize their own box of chocolates for any occasion.
Anstine’s Candy Box - Dutch Country Roads
Located in York, Anstine's Candy has been selling quality, handmade chocolate for more than 70 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.
Asher’s Chocolates® - Philadelphia and the Countryside
Chester A. Asher, a Scottish farm boy from Canada, developed a passion for chocolate that has not faded from the family for more than four generations. Today, this family-owned and operated business makes the chocolates the same way Chester did – with only the freshest, purest ingredients mixed with love. If you are looking for sugar free chocolate, Asher’s offers 7 different varieties making it a delicious place to satisfy any sweet tooth.
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 16-year-old entrepreneur James “Pike” Gardner, Gardners 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. Gardners Candies® now maintains 10 retail stores in Pennsylvania with visitor’s favorite item, the Original Peanut Butter Meltaway® – coated in creamy milk chocolate.
Wertz Candies - Dutch Country Roads
For 85 years, Wertz Candies has created quality sweets using recipes that have been passed down for generations. Some of these candies include old-fashioned favorites such as caramallows (vanilla caramel covered in marshmallow) and blobs (a vanilla or chocolate caramel bar with marshmallow pieces). Wertz Candies also creates opera fudge, a Lebanon favorite. A rich, cream fondant, opera fudge is made with heavy cream from the local dairy, flavored with vanilla, and then coated in a pure chocolate liquor.
Philadelphia Candies® - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Philadelphia Candies® was named as such, not for the city, but for the Greek meaning of “candies made with brotherly love.” The shop was opened by brothers Jim and Steve Macris after they emigrated from Greece to western Pennsylvania in 1919. One hundred years later, the Macris family continues to operate under Jim and Steve’s brotherly-love mindset, creating delectable chocolates for all to enjoy including sea salt caramels, caramel and chocolate apples, and their signature piece, croquettes.
Miesse Candies - Dutch Country Roads
Since its opening in 1875, Miesse Candies has created wonderful chocolates that delight the taste buds of all in Lancaster County and beyond. Using only natural ingredients such as pure vanilla and fresh cream, Miesse Candies is dedicated to creating only the best chocolates for its customers. Visitors can tour the Miesse Candies factory to learn the process of creating the special Miesse chocolates they love so much.