We looked forward to visiting this shop and finding unique offerings. Instead we found what we thought was freshly made confections, but instead what tasted like old run-of-the-mill candy. For instance, the chocolate-covered raisins tasted as if they had been stored in moth balls from the previous season. The licorice was no different than---and most likely repackaged---Twizzlers. And, the peppermints stuck together so badly, we couldn't even break more than one or two apart. The rest of the package went in the garbage along with the raisins. (Kids will eat anything. So, the Twizzlers weren't totally wasted.)
At $21.99 a pound, I hesitate to think what the chocolate would taste like. We didn't even get a chance to find out, the lines were so long, and the service so slow. (This was probably a blessing in disguise.) Hefty prices for below average sweets.
I loved the idea of being in one of the nation's oldest candy shops-they even had a jar full of preserved Gibralters! The lemon ones are delicious, the peppermint aren't anything special. Unfortunately, their website isn't working, so I have to wait till vacations to get more. The shop wasn't very inviting-very cramped and the woman was rather dour. But it's a nice way to end a tour at the 7 Gables across the street, sionce you'll likely be feeling nostalgic.
Did not get to watch them making candy - they were not making candy while I was in the shoppe. The employees acted bored and uninterested. I asked about samples since I was not familiar with the black jacks or gibralters and wanted to try one before investing in something I may or may not like. They told me they didn't have any samples available at the time. They did not even have those candies so I could see what they looked like. The packaging they had those candies in don't allow you to see what they look like.
When my relatives come to visit, Salem and the Pepper Company are at the top of their things-to-see list. The kids love it (obviously). The store still makes & sells original candies from 1806, inc. molasses candy and Salem Gibraltars. And you can watch the candy being made. It's located right across from the House of Seven Gables so make it a sweet end to the tour. Be aware that they close right at 5:00, no exceptions, so get there well before closing and give yourself plenty of time to look around.
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