By HILARY BERNSTEIN
Move over Charlie Bucket! If youâ€™re looking for a creative way to cater to your Valentineâ€™s sweet tooth, locally made fine chocolate would make a delectable gift. Northeastern Ohio has several chocolate factories that leave adults feeling like kids in a candy store:
A chocolate factory set smack dab in the middle of Amish Country, Coblentz Chocolate sells a variety of chocolates, fudge, truffles and candies, as well as other trinkets and toys in the gift shop. Candy is available throughout the store, but individual chocolates are purchased from behind the counter.
History: Coblentz Chocolates opened as a family owned and operated business in 1987. The factory expanded to its current location in 2001.
Tours: A viewing gallery allows shoppers to watch Amish and non-Amish workers make the confections.
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Location: State Route 515 in Walnut Creek.
Info: 330-893-2995 or www.coblentz
Harry London Chocolates has been selling candy for eight decades, and has received national recognition. President Ronald Reagan used to sell London Mints from the White House, and Oprah sang the praises of Londonâ€™s Pretzel Joys, Cookie Joys and Crispy Joys. All of these candies, along with popular Buckeyes and many other varieties of chocolate, are for sale at the factory gift shop. Individual chocolates are purchased from behind the counter, and other candy is available throughout the store.
History: Harry London Chocolates started in 1922 in Harry Londonâ€™s basement in Canton. London was a steelmaker by trade, but came from a long line of candymakers. Luckily for candy lovers, London traded in steel for chocolate.
Tours: The Harry London Chocolate Factory offers 45-minute guided tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The tour starts with a free sample and a seven and a half minute video starts each tour explaining history of chocolate. From there, guests see the Chocolate Hall of Fame, chocolate tanks, a taste-testing room and a view of the factory from a catwalk. Reservations are required for tours and can be made by calling 800-321-0444, ext. 119. Admission prices are $3 for adults and seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 18 and free for children 2 and younger.
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Location: 5353 Lauby Road, North Canton.
Info: 800-321-0444 or
Hartville Chocolate Factory
A wide variety of candy â€” factory-made fudge, filled chocolates, candy bars and chocolate covered pretzelsÂ â€”Â along with hard candies and penny candy from other brands are available at the Hartville Chocolate Factory. Specialty chocolates are sold from behind the counter. The gift shop includes stuffed animals and Ohio-made foods like jams and jellies, as well as an â€œOopsâ€ section with factory mistakes sold at reduced prices.
History: Robert Barton founded Hartville Chocolate Factory in 1986 in the old Hartville hardware store. The store expanded in 2002 to a second location at the Hartville Marketplace.
Tours: At the Hartville Chocolate Factory, the actual chocolate factory is not available to the public.
Store hours: The original chocolate factory is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. The store at the Hartville Marketplace is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Location: The Hartville Chocolate Factory, 114 S. Prospect St., Hartville. The Hartville Chocolate Factory II at the Hartville Marketplace, 1289 Edison St., Hartville.
Info: 330-877-1999 or www.dmp
Heggyâ€™s Candy Company
Heggyâ€™s Candy Company still is found in the original store in downtown Canton with a candy and nut counter. In the same room, workers are busy wrapping the chocolate candies. Other store locations across Ohio include candy counters and ice cream parlors. Shoppers can bag their own individually wrapped chocolates.
History: Ben Heggy founded the candy company in 1923. Today, the company still sells milk chocolates, dark chocolates, caramels and salted nuts.
Tours: Tours at the original Heggyâ€™s Candy Company store are not given. Candy-wrapping can be observed from the front counter, though.
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Location: 743 Cleveland Ave. N.W., Canton.
Info: 330-455-7703 or www.
Clevelandâ€™s favorite chocolatier is busy on Valentineâ€™s Day, thanks to Malleyâ€™s well-known chocolate covered strawberries. The rest of the year, the chocolate factory sells a variety of milk and dark chocolates at their 17 retail stores. The factory is on Brook Park Road in Cleveland, but retail locations in Brunswick, Strongsville and Copley Township are closer for Medina countians.
History: Malleyâ€™s Chocolates began in 1935 in a small store in Lakewood. Mike Malley began selling chocolate and ice cream, and today the company is run by a third generation of Malleys.
Tours: Hour-long tours are available at the Brook Park Road factory when a tour guide is on staff â€” usually from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $3 per person, but free for children 2 and younger. Reservations are required â€” to set a time, call 216-362-8700.
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Location: 13400 Brook Park Road, Cleveland
Info: 216-362-8700 or www.
With family and business ties to Harry London Chocolates, Waggoner Chocolates sells a variety of wrapped chocolates, chocolate bars and roasted nuts. Shoppers can bag their own individually wrapped chocolates or buy candy from behind the counter.
History: Harry Londonâ€™s son-in-law Cedric Waggoner worked with London and now produces chocolate with his children â€”Londonâ€™s grandchildren â€” in one of Londonâ€™s early factories and shops.
Tours: Factory tours are not available, but sounds and scents drift from the factory into the gift shop.
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Location: 1281 S. Main St., North Canton
Info: 888-591-9842 or www.waggonerchocolates.com