9 Chocolate and Candy Factories

VL-Chocolate

Before Hershey’s was in Hershey, it was just Milton Hershey, creating caramels in his Lancaster County candy shop. So it’s fitting that there are still plenty of candy makers in the area, south of that famous chocolate-making town.

CTC Lollipop Company

CTC Lollipop Company sells a wide variety of specialty clear lollipops – shaped like everything from flip-flops to lobsters, both wholesale and retail. The CTC stands for Clear Toy Candy. The company also sells supplies for lollipop making.

414 N Pine St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 509-5916

Evans Candy

The Evans family makes chocolate and other candies a few miles south of Lancaster. The store is open October through Easter.

2100 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717)295-7510

Groff’s Candies

This family-run candy company produces chocolates, brittles and other confections at its kitchen and retail store.

3587 Blue Rock Road, Lancaster, PA 17603;also sells candy at the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, 2710 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand 17505

(717) 872-2845

Miesse Candies

This local chocolate company has been making a wide variety of chocolate candies, nearly continuously, here for more than 140 years. Customers can see how chocolate is made with 20-minute tours of the downtown factory at Steeple View Lofts.

118 N. Water St., Lancaster, PA 17603; also Lancaster Central Market and the Overlook Town Center, 2065 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster 17601

(717) 392-6011

Spence Candies

At this retail shop and candy kitchen, the candy makers at Spence use family recipes and techniques passed down through the generations to create a wide variety of artisan chocolates and other confections.

558 E. High St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022

(717) 361-9366

Strasburg Country Store & Creamery

While many people seek out the creamery for its ice cream, the store also has a candy kitchen that turns out fudge, peanut brittle and other sweets.

1 W Main St, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-0766

Uncle Leroy’s Ice Cream & Candy Kitchen

Uncle Leroy’s makes fudge, chocolate, candy brittles and more.

226 Gap Rd, Strasburg, PA 17579; also in the Rockvale Outlets, Suite 310, at 35 S. Willowdale Drive, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 288-2557

Wertz Candies

This Lebanon-based family candy maker, known for its opera fudge, Caramallows and Blob bars, has been creating confections since 1931. It has a retail store in the Brickerville House Shops.

718 Cumberland St, Lebanon, PA 17042

(717) 273-0510

Wilbur Chocolate Company

Famous for its Wilbur Buds chocolate candies, this factory contains a small, self-guided chocolate-history museum and a retail store. You can watch employees making the candy through glass windows.

48 N Broad St, Lititz, PA 17543

(717) 626-3249

— Mary Ellen Wright