True Treats Historic Candy, Harpers Ferry

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Sweet treats and history come together at True Treats Historic Candy, America's only research-based candy store dedicated to teaching the public about the surprising story behind some of the world's most popular confectionery. You'll find the shop organized in chorological order, with a little history on each label--and if you wish to know more, the shopkeepers will be more than happy to provide further insight. Combination shop and museum, this venue sells all kinds of retro favorites, from simple toffees and taffies, to licorice twists and bubblegum cigars. There's lots to explore here, much to learn, and plenty to take home to friends and family. Using our international travel planner, Harpers Ferry attractions like True Treats Historic Candy can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We went twice in 2 days! It's an interesting and nostalgic place to visit. Definitely worth stopping in and looking around. It is expensive, which is a bummer, but given the shop's location and the un...  more »
  • This was a cool little shop in Harpers Ferry. They have all kinds of historical candies, dating back a few centuries up to the modern day stuff. They actually know the history! Everything was priced p...  more »
  • Interesting items and I did buy a couple of things, but the woman ringing me up was much more interested in talking with the person sitting at the table than she was interested in talking with me. Tha...  more »
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  • You probably didn't come to Harpers Ferry to go to a candy store - but maybe you should have! True Treats is more than a shop, it's a primer on the history of sweets and treats from antiquity to the present. The chronological organization makes it easy to learn a thing or two while you're browsing for something tasty, and the owner is knowledgeable and enthusiastic on the subject of sweets. Well worth a stop, even a trip. Try the Clove Bullets.
  • While staying in Harper's Ferry last year(2016), I stopped here twice and spent around $60 for three plastic grocery bags full off historic candy! You'll find almost anything candy from various eras. I thoroughly enjoyed reading historic facts about each candy on the candy labels. In addition to candy, they also sell items such as marshmellow root. There is also vintage memorabilia objects and books for sale that the owner has written about historic candy. It's a must stop if you enjoy anything about candy, history, or are just looking for a neat gift.
  • The owner is very knowledagable and passionate about her business. The product and experience is a must. Great candies from many historical US eras. The ant candy is weird, kids loved it.
  • Amazing store and knowledgeable staff. They can give you a whole history of the candy also!
  • Owner is very friendly. Great place with such a variety of candies I have never seen before. Great place.

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Where to stay in Harpers Ferry

Many genteel wooden or red-brick houses in the area have been converted into inns and bed and breakfasts, with a few offering hostel accommodations. Each is situated among trees and gardens in this tight-knit community. Most of the lodgings have only a few rooms, so make reservations early.
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