Local Bridal Guide: Treat Your Guests to Philly-Made Chocolates From These 6 Local Confectioneries

Your guests will leave happy with these Tradestone treats in hand.

Your guests will leave happy with these Tradestone treats in hand.

With Valentine’s Day just two days away, it’s really quite impossible to avoid thinking about chocolate. It’s everywhere (not that that’s a bad thing), so we decided to channel our sugar-craving energy into something positive: a blog post about where to find the best local chocolates for your Big Day.

There are, after all, so many fabulous ways to incorporate chocolate into your wedding, whether you package up a few pieces in pretty boxes as favors, stuff your favorite bars into your welcome bags or have a tasty little spread on each table for your guests to snack on during the reception.

Our mouths are watering just thinking about all of the amazing options at the six local confectioneries we’ve rounded up below. Do yourself a favor and check them out for yourself—you can thank us later.

Where: 24 South High Street, West Chester
What: Éclat’s master chocolatier Christopher Curtin is no stranger to the wedding scene, and he’ll work his magic on everything from your dessert hour to your favors. Whether you want to stuff your welcome bags with their PHL Pennsylvania Dutch Pretzel chocolate bar or you want each guest to leave the party with a dainty box of truffles (or a jar of their to-die-for caramel sauce), Curtin can customize his sweet treats to fit your day.

John & Kira’s
Where: 163 West Wyoming Avenue, Northeast Philly
What: The husband and wife team behind this local chocolate shop focuses on sourcing ingredients from sustainable artisan food growers both here in Philly and around the world. You may have seen their signature ladybug and bumblebee chocolates, which make for such darling favors when packaged up in personalized white boxes. You can also get their luscious assorted chocolates and caramels tied up as favors, too.

Lore’s Chocolates
Where: 34 South 7th Street, Old City
What: This Philly mainstay is known for their extensive assortment of hand molded chocolates, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your Big Day (we love their version of the classic LOVE sign). The team here will work with you to customize a tasty variety of goodies for your affair—favors, menus printed on chocolate sheets and chocolates in bulk for the tables at your reception are a few of the options they offer.

Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates
Where: 108 South 13th Street, Midtown Village
What: The playful, gorgeous chocolates coming out of Chef Marcie Turney’s kitchen are almost too pretty to eat, but we guarantee your guests will enjoy every bite of these unique sweets. The Philadelphia Series (four chocolates each printed with a Philly-themed icon like a soft pretzel and the Liberty Bell) is a sure winner in the wedding favors category, but you’ll also want to consider gifting Marcie Blaine’s decadent chocolate bark in flavors like Fleur de Sel and Pub Crawl.

Shane Confectionery 
Where: 110 Market Street, Old City
What: This historic neighborhood spot (it’s the oldest continuously operated candy shop in the country) is a favorite for its vintage flare and luscious buttercreams. Gift your guests an assortment of Shane’s specialty chocolates or, better yet, have a whole slew of them on the tables for everyone to snack on. We recommend the Whirly Berley Bars, their signature candy bar made with layers of salted caramel and chocolate nougat dipped in dark chocolate.

Tradestone Confections
Where: 117 Fayette Street, Conshohocken 
What: When chefs Chip Roman and Fred Ortega debuted their line of confections in 2013, we couldn’t get enough of the pretty designs and gourmet flavor combinations (maple passion fruit, pistachio citrus, coffee caramel). You can’t go wrong with their sleek assorted gift boxes, but they’ll also concoct a custom order for your occasion.

Check out our other Local Bridal Guides here.

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