If you're ever visiting Philadelphia, there's one little shop you've got to visit, Shane's Confectionery.
Mary recently told us she wants to be a pastry chef, a scientist, and an artist when she grows up. We told her a pastry chef is all those things combined into one!
What's so unique about Shane's? They use the same industrial machines that were used back in the early 1900s!
Unfortunately, the back room where all the candy-making takes place wasn't open to the public, but we were lucky to watch the whole process on "Unique Sweets." Not only do they use all the old machinery, but the entire shop is decorated reminiscent of that time period.
Even the workers dress in old-time clothing.
It was very hot outside so we had to keep that in mind when buying chocolate.
Huge apothecary jars filled with old-time candy lined the shelves.
What to choose? What to choose?
Marshmallow, taffy, gumdrops, and suckers.......
Nicolai never saw such huge jaw-breakers!
Tempting, isn't it?
Not a surprise, Mary fixated on the chocolate-covered marshmallows.
Here's a fun way to decorate for the Fourth of July.
Right down the street was a cozy little pizza shop. We had lunch and decided to just let the kids eat the candy right there since carrying it around wasn't an option.
Dark-chocolate covered apricots and caramel mixed with sea-salt. So decadent!
Brick-oven pizza, old-fashioned candy, and the affection of grateful children will melt any parent's heart even on the hottest of days.
"Well," said Ted, "since we're here, why not walk around a bit?"
So we did.
But that as they say, is another story.