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How Halloween Surrendered To Sweets: A Long, Old Tale

The interior of Shane Confectionery in Philadelphia decorated for Halloween. Credit: Copyright 2016 courtesy of Shane Confectionery

The interior of Shane Confectionery in Philadelphia decorated for Halloween. Credit: Copyright 2016 courtesy of Shane Confectionery

A candy shop with a long history

Rows of candies in the display cases at Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie. Credit: Copyright 2016 Sophia Vellotti

Rows of candies in the display cases at Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie. Credit: Copyright 2017 Sophia Vellotti

Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie is housed a single-gabled home with light blue shingles and white trim. It boasts no storefront windows or fancy signs, but step inside and you’ll find glass cases filled with rows of chocolates and fudge. Salt water taffies, hard candies, gummies and licorice crowd the tiny showroom.



Zester Daily contributor Ramin Ganeshram is a journalist and professional chef trained at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, where she has also worked as a chef instructor. She has won seven Society of Professional Journalist awards and been nominated for the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Bert Greene Award. Ganeshram's books include "Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad & Tobago," "America I Am: Pass It Down Cookbook" (with Jeff Henderson) and "Stir It Up." Her book "Future Chefs" won an IACP Cookbook of the year award and she is the ghostwriter of the best selling Sweetie Pies Cookbook. Her book Cooking With Coconut will be out from Workman/Storey in December 2016.

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