Who knew that there’s an entire day dedicated to chocolate? Today is National Chocolate day and in celebration of that I decided to visit Philadelphia’s oldest chocolate shop. Shane Confectionery chocolate and sweets shop is the only one of it’s kind in Philadelphia.
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it’s a friend with chocolate”. I know most of you would agree, and thankfully for you, I’m that friend! Upon entering, you’re greeted by the aroma of chocolate being made, mixed in with the scent of candies. Since 1863 the floorboards of 110 Market Street have absorbed the hurried footfall of confectioners hard at work. The walls have drunk in the mingled aromas of boiling fruit essences, of chocolates cooling on thick marble slabs, of the slowly-turning churn of cooking butter-cream fondant. They have been using the same recipes since they’ve been open over a century ago. Fan favorites of those century old recipes includes chocolate covered buttercream. Generations of families enjoys and states that the chocolate buttercream recipe is the same.
I’m pretty sure I’ve made this confession before, but here I go again, in case you missed it. I don’t like cocoa, the very thing that makes chocolate. I don’t know why, maybe it’s just the science of my tastebuds. The flavor of cocoa is just too strong for me, and as a pastry chef, I get weird looks whenever I have to let this be known. Which is another great reason why I just decided to embrace my guilty pleasures, and encourage you to as well, without judgement. Yup, this is a judgment free zone for you all.
Shortly after walking through Shane Confectionery’s blue door I was introduced to the awesome staff including all three Christinas. One of whom helped me all the way through our visit. Not only was she very informative and absolutely delightful to chat with. Chrissy told me about the back story of Shane Confectionery and I the fact that they were moving towards using only their chocolate in all their products.
Shane Confectionery Chocolate and Sweets
I truly enjoyed the yummy earl grey caramel, which was the exact flavor you’d expect it to be. The lemon white chocolate buttercream was tasty and was just the right amount of chocolate for me. The hot chocolate which was made from the Benjamin Jackson chocolate bar was brewed from scratch with milk. I was surprised by the fact that I enjoyed the creamy taste of the chocolate, even without a sweetener added.
All things considered Shane Confectionery gets two thumbs up from me. Based of the fact that they make all their chocolate and candies from scratch in their chocolate workshop. I was impressed that even if you’re not a chocolate connoisseur, they have a treat for everyone, be it gummy bears or lollipops. Shane Confectionery is certainly the go to sweet shop in the city of Philadelphia.
If you’re a big chocolate connoisseur, please let me know your favorite dessert shop to visit.
WHERE: 110 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
PRICE POINT: $2
CUISINE: Confections and Chocolates
STAFF: Warm, Inviting, Knowledgeable
Have a fantabulous day Sweeties. Love, Atalee