Food & Drink

Shane Confectionery Is One Sweet Spot

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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

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110 Market St
bt N Front & N 2nd Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19106