If this is somehow your first time hearing of Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop, you're in for a sweet surprise. Originally born in Pittsburgh, Grandpa Joe's is aptly named after the beloved Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory character and offers a variety of treats that rival snozzberries and Everlasting Gobstoppers. It was such a hit that it's now spread to six different locations in both Pennsylvania and Ohio, sharing its magical sugary goodness far and wide. Every Grandpa Joe's shop carries over 250 candy bar varieties, 260 flavors of old-fashioned glass bottled soda, uniquely whimsical presents, and just about everything candy-oriented under the sun. Whether you’re shopping for a gift, visiting the area, feeling the need to get in touch with your inner child, or simply have a hankering for something sweet, Grandpa Joe’s offers a world of pure imagination.
The friendly staff at this special candy shop is truly the cherry on top. Candy specialists and historians will help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether that’s a specific treat for a special occasion, or a candy bar from childhood you can’t quite remember the name of. They’ll also tell you about the $5 candy buffet special, allowing you to fill a box to the brim with anything and everything you want to try for just $5. We say a trip to the store is worth it for that experience alone.
Our local Grandpa Joe’s also happens to be the flagship store, meaning more fun for everyone. Since the shop opened in 2012, they have expanded to over 3,000 square feet, which now includes Grandpa Joe’s Malt Shop featuring a throwback-style soda fountain, creamy milkshakes, and 16 flavors of some of the best ice cream you’ve ever had. Located in the Strip District, Grandpa Joe’s is a perfect place to bring friends and family from out of town, while you check out all the great neighborhood restaurants, shops, and cafes as well.
If you can’t make it to one of Grandpa Joe’s locations, fear not. You can order your own personal lifetime supply of chocolate online from the store’s website, and while you may miss out on some of the adventure, you’re sure to get that sugary fix delivered right to your front door.
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