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In a region that includes Hershey chocolates, you’d think small candy and chocolate shops would be unnecessary. You’d be wrong.
A visit to Matango Candies is just the ticket for Valentine’s Day and Easter (and, if I had known about it, it would have been great at Christmas, too!). The shop has not changed since it was opened by “Pop” in 1947. Now, his grandson Peter makes chocolates and candies using the same recipes, molds and ingredients. Peter is happy to tell you about his chocolates, his family and the history of the shop. The customer service is matched only by the delicious candies.
Here are a few of the highlights I’ve tasted (everything is available in white, milk or dark chocolate):
Some people might balk at the location – it’s at 1501 Catherine St. in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg. But, as I’ve said before, if we don’t support local businesses in a variety of neighborhoods, the whole area suffers. Matango’s is open from 9-5 Monday through Saturday, and Peter said they’ve never had an incident in the 60+ years they’ve been in business.
For Valentine’s Day, dozens of heart shaped boxes are available to be custom filled, and you can place orders over the phone or online. I saw a sneak peak of some of the beautiful bunny and cross Easter molds that will be used for Easter in March. Rediscover this local treasure, support small businesses, and satisfy your sweet tooth, visit or order from Matango’s today!
Published in Hungry in Harrisburg: A community blog
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