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2020 Candies
Editors’ Choice

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie


Our choice for the North Shore’s best candy shop has a lot of years of practice under its belt: 200 years’ worth in fact! Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie is America’s oldest candy shop and its excellence has never waned. That heritage allows it to offer the best of both worlds: Sweets lovers can find classic, old-fashioned candies like its famous Salem Gibraltars and Black Jacks alongside more modern confections like turtles, truffles, barks, and patties. Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie has also risen to the occasion during the COVID-19 crisis, offering online ordering, curbside pickup, giftwrap, and even free shipping for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

122 Derby St, Salem, 978- 745-2744,

Readers’ Choice

Harbor Sweets


Famed for its Sweet Sloops—chocolate-covered almond buttercrunch toffee in the shape of sailboats—and other candies, Harbor Sweets has been spreading sweetness in other ways during the pandemic, too, donating its chocolates to front-line workers who need some extra love.

85 Leavitt St., 978-745-7648,

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