Open Hours: Mo to Th from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Fr to Su from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM
The folks at this old-fashioned candy shop believe that candy making is not a process. For them, it's an art. The owners ... More
Wisteria Candy Cottage
The folks at this old-fashioned candy shop believe that candy making is not a process. For them, it's an art. The owners began candy making as a family in 1921 in an old, one-room schoolhouse, and little has changed. The freshest cream, butter, sugar, roasted nuts and fruits come together in all manner of heavenly creations. Enjoy chocolates, pecan rolls, turtles, truffles and even a selection of sugar-free candies. In addition, there are gift boxes of all sizes that can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. The shop is approximately one hour from downtown San Diego off Interstate-8, but well worth the drive.
When I was growing up, my parent's stopped there going to El Centro, and then coming back to I.B. I have eaten their chocolates since the 50's, and I loved it. I am sorry if it is closed, cause I wanted to take my girlfriend there for she has never tried it. I loved the smell of the store, and the super friendly people there.
I heard that the Candy Cottage was closing at the end of July 2008. I was devasted, I have been going to the Cottage since I was a small child, and I still enjoy going now that I am older. My father has been going since he was in his teens and he is 78 years old. I will miss the fine chocolate pecan turtles, the decadent truffles, the delicious english toffee. I was glad that they started to stock sugar free candy as I am now a diabetic, but I still enjoy the pecan turtles even though they are not sugar free. My family and I will definately miss the Candy Cottage and the fine chocolates.
I absolutely love candy, chocolate, most anything sugar-based. I have rarely met a confection that I didn't like. However, visiting the Wisteria Candy Cottage, especially after the hype in the overview, and a Best Of award in some publication I saw, I was extremely, extremely disappointed by the poor quality, the teeny tiny sliver of floor devoted to retail space, and once again, the horrible quality. I want to mention now that I feel bad writing such a low review of a small business, but I was so excited to take a little detour and check out this shop, and found it so disappointing that I couldn't really justify failing to write this review. After purchasing and eating several of the chocolates, I am certain that both the milk and white chocolate used is none other than the inexpensive candy melts you can purchase at you local craft store (better for decorations than fine chocolate) so the taste profile consisted of about 1% chocolate flavor and 99% bland sweetness. The different varieties of milk chocolates I tried contained the EXACT same fillings (a grainy mix of, you guessed it, pure sugar and maybe a smidgen of chocolate flavor) despite being labelled as different flavors. Beyond that, the selection was pretty spare, the store contained loose candy and candy sticks that it had purchased for sale, rather than items which were homemade, and the counter is about two feet away from your face when you enter, so you have no where to go but stare at it. I was expecting something fun like King Leo Confectioners (on the road to Julian) but I was sorely disappointed.
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