Local Chocolate Companies
If you have looked at the Local Attractions page you may have noticed that Colebrook Chocolates, here in Connellsville, is listed as a local attraction. We are blessed in this county with not one but THREE small local manufacturers. Colebrook, at 24 years old, is the youngest; in fact, they have only had a retail store since November 2011. Their slogan, "A Taste of Perfection," is a real goal. They use only the highest or ultra grade of Peter’s chocolate, a renowned Swiss brand. The peanut butter meltway, chocolate covered pretzels, sea salt caramels and chocolate turtles are among their favorite products. New this year are the candy cane truffle and “Jewel of the Yough” pecan pralines. Yum! I am going to have to try those.
Redstone Candies, 67 years old, is headquartered in Republic, PA. Their iconic white boxes stamped with the bright red poinsettia hold their assortments of plain chocolate, coconut clusters, peanut butter logs and chocolate covered nuts. According to their website, many people have told them, “Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Redstone Candy.” Having had the tradition of sharing a box with my family, I can say this is something I certainly looked forward to every year.
Gene and Boots Candies, headquartered at Perryopolis, PA, at 84, is the oldest of the three companies. They were started by two Connellsville natives. Their fine creamy chocolate melts at a low temperature, and it achieves a sensuous texture on the palate as it melts. Their nuts are freshly roasted on site. The fudge is unusual in that it is made using dairy cream, and they are experimenting with a goat’s milk fudge as well. Another product in development is gourmet popcorn in more than 20 flavors. They still make their own ice creams, including one that has pieces of their cordial cherries mixed in. So they continue to live up to their company motto, Fine Chocolates and Old Fashioned Ice Cream.