If ever there was a pair of boys with no fear of cavities, it’s Eric and Ryan Berley.
The brothers behind The Franklin Fountain ice cream parlor spent more than a year restoring the oldest candy store in the country to its original glory.
White-gloved staff wait on you as you browse gumdrops and baseball-size jawbreakers in antique glass jars, pink Turkish delights straight from Istanbul, and childhood classics stacked neatly on shelves. Credit card terminals behind wooden boxes and present-day sweets from Mast Brothers Chocolate, John & Kira’s, and Papabubble are the only modern concessions.
Though a peek behind the scenes revealed no Oompa Loompas, huge mixing bowls and I Love Lucy-style conveyor belts kept us happy. Plenty is made in-house: bacon and Pennsylvania Dutch potato chips drizzled with chocolate, sugary jelly squares, and Shane’s famous butter creams (the original handwritten recipe is tucked into a safe).
Here’s to tempting our sweet tooth.
Shane Confectionery, 110 Market Street (215-922-1048 or shanecandies.com).
Photo: Susan Banchek for DailyCandy