These 10 New Hampshire Candy Stores Will Satisfy Your Valentine’s Sweet Tooth
It's almost Valentine's Day, which means we start dreaming about our favorite sweet concoction we want to give or receive for the holiday of love. Chocolate is the king.
Chocolate is like pizza. Almost everybody loves it. Even if you're counting calories or sugar intake, you can moderately enjoy candy without feeling guilty.
Candy shops have been around for centuries. As people ogle over rows and cases of indescribably delicious choices of confections, I thought a list of your favorites from a Facebook poll would be fun. You probably can guess which store is tops in our poll.
Facts About Candy History
The oldest continuous confectionary store in America is Shane's Confectionary in Philadelphia. That's a bit far for Granite Staters to drive, but what about here in New England?
The oldest candy company in the country is within driving distance to our fellow New England state of Massachusetts. It's Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie in Salem, Massachusetts, which has been producing confections since 1806.
According to Oldepeppercandy.com, the oldest commercially-made candy in America was the 'Gibraltors'. They were made by a woman named Mrs. Spencer, who landed in Salem after being shipwrecked on her way from England. Destitute, she was given a barrel of sugar, and Gibraltors were born. The business was passed on to family friend John Pepper, thus the name of the company. Pepper is credited with creating the other famous candy from our country's origins, the 'Blackjacks'.
Let's explore your choices for best candy shops in New Hampshire, in no particular order. The top shop had so many votes, so there was no question that this was clearly the best in the state, but the others had similar votes. Enjoy, and get ready to crave some sweets after you see these pics.