Hebert Candies marks 100 years of yum
Hebert Candies in Shrewsbury can bask in its sweet success; the chocolatier this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Although no longer owned by the Hebert family, the company still handcrafts in small batches its copper-kettle fudge and penuche, hand-painted bonbons, truffles, caramels, bars, beautifully molded seasonal treats, like chocolate bunnies and lobster pops, and more. There are hundreds of choices here. The nostalgia begins even before you walk into the sprawling store, known as the Candy Mansion. Frederick Hebert started the business in 1917 in his kitchen and sold the chocolates to stores around Central Massachusetts. In 1946, he moved the operation into the Tudor-style stone house, which became the first roadside retail confectioner in the country. The company says Hebert was also the first to introduce white chocolate to the United States in 1956 after tasting “white coat” candies while traveling in Europe. Other Hebert stores have opened and closed over the years, but the Candy Mansion has endured changing times. Walk from room to room and you will indeed feel like a kid in a candy store. Watch staff through a window craft the confections. Have a sundae in the ice cream parlor. It’s evident why Hebert Candies has stuck around so long. 574 Hartford Turnpike (Route 20), Shrewsbury, 508-845-8051, www.hebertcandies.com.