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It Takes 2 to Matango

Written by Joelle Shea, Community blogger | Feb 6, 2013 10:02 AM

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):

  • Chocolate covered strawberries and cherries – the freshest I’ve had in a long time, and it’s fruit! They also do orange peels, candied pineapple and other fruits as well. I even tried Chocolate covered dates – a revelation!
  • Toffees- ok, a certain family member wouldn’t let me try them, but I hear they are great
  • Chocolate covered marshmallows –sweet and light!
  • Truffles- bigger is not better when it comes to truffles. You should be able to finish them in one bite, and these truffles fit that bill. They are beautifully decorated and decadent. 

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!

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  • Amy Beisel Hill img 2013-02-06 11:24

    Thanks for rediscovering this Harrisburg treasure. I haven't had Matango's chocolates in a long time. My grandmother worked in a candy factor as a young woman so she passed on her appreciation for good chocolates, especially buttercreams! I can't wait to get out there for a few Valentine's Day treats.

  • Karen Waite McFadden img 2013-02-06 11:59

    So glad you discovered Matango's. There were (and still are) a Harrisburg institution. Chocolate covered dates, need I say more! Plus as you said, we need to support each other, especially in this economy! Why spend our money on bad candy made in another country when we can have delicious treats made right here in the 'burg!

  • claudzilla5 img 2013-02-13 16:26

    Joelle, thank you for your thoughtful comment on patronizing local businesses. Even if it's a neighborhood that makes us a bit nervous, the only way to make it better is by going there, and of course by shopping there.
    And now I want truffles.

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