Bon bons, truffles and candy apples, oh my! This Halloween, local candy and chocolate shops are offering delectable and festive goodies in every sweet flavor and spooky shape you can imagine. Put down your bag of mixed candy from the grocery store and pick up some gourmet treats that will get you in the Halloween spirit while satisfying your sweet tooth.
A Blood Orange Heart bon bon is just one of the 12 sweet flavors that will fill Shane’s Confectionery’s limited-edition chocolate boxes. Called “Consumed,” the box of sweets is inspired by many Victorian era and Medieval times folktales that say “all consuming” illnesses were caused by monsters. To heal and get rid of the monster, victims had to eat unpleasant things. Each chocolate’s flavor is inspired by monsters like vampires and werewolves that are connected to the disease folktale. The box will come with an illustration and story that inspired the chocolates, and a handmade skull candle from Philadelphia Bee Co. 110 Market St., 215.922.1048, shanecandies.com
Home to one of the world’s top chocolatiers, Christopher Curtain, Éclat continues to serve up seasonal favorites that excite both the eye and taste buds. In 2016, Bon Appétit named Éclat “Best Truffle in America,” so trying their newest pumpkin pie bon bon is a must. Made with locally sourced pumpkin and 54% couverture chocolate, these spiced pumpkin ganache sweets are the most decadent Halloween treat to share or savor. 24 South High St., West Chester, 610.692.5206, eclatchocolate.com
Mueller Chocolate Co.
Milk chocolate pops come in the shape of bats, pumpkins, ghosts, scarecrows, skulls and Frankensteins—or as they call it, “Dr. Chockenstein”—while candy and chocolate apples come in 11 delectable flavors. Think Apple Pie, Milk Chocolate Sea Salt and Caramel Peanut. Pick these treats up online or in store for your Halloween celebration. 51 N. 12th St., 215.922.6164, muellerschocolate.com
With 53 years of chocolate making experience, the Walter family’s Lore’s Chocolates is a staple in Philadelphia. This Halloween, they are offering candy apples, pumpkin spice and chai latte caramels, dark spiced wafers, pumpkin marshmallows and chocolate-covered Oreos decorated with ghosts and more. You won’t BOOlieve all the spooky sweets they have available for purchase this year. 34 S. Seventh St., 215.627.3233, loreschocolates.com
Aurora Grace Chocolates
Carving pumpkins may be a popular Halloween tradition, but what about breaking chocolate pumpkins to eat? This season, Aurora Grace Chocolates, home to expert chocolatier Aurora Wold, will have hollow milk and dark-chocolate pumpkins painted in orange with gold stems. They may look too elegant to eat, but they are also too tasty to not break apart and devour. 517 S. Fifth St., auroragracechocolates.com
Anthony’s Italian Coffee & Chocolate House
While Anthony’s originally specialized in Italian coffee, they opened their Chocolate House in 2003 to offer homemade chocolate and gelato. With October 31 around the corner, they are creating scrumptious confections with festive designs and flavors. Besides Halloween chocolate pops, chocolate covered marshmallows and chocolate covered three-ring pretzels, Anthony’s is making two signature treats: Ghost Apples, which are caramel and chocolate covered apples with spooky faces; and chocolate dipped mummy pretzels that have candy eyes and drizzled chocolate to look like mummy wrap. 903 S. Ninth St., 215.627.2586, italiancoffeehouse.com
Good Good Chocolates
Known for their hand-shelled chocolates, Good Good Chocolates uses Valrhona and República Del Cacao chocolate, vanilla beans, Plugrá butter and local ingredients to make each sweet a luscious experience. This Halloween, their seasonal goodies incorporate classic flavors and spooky decorations for those who wish to celebrate with gourmet candies. Their confections include salty caramel eyeballs, peanut butter ghosts and matly jack-o’-lanterns. Mix and match your favorites in boxes of five or nine chocolates. 3525 I St., #107, 773.621.1684, goodgoodchocolates.com
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