Shane Confectionery Traditional Silver Tour
DESCRIPTION: Tour the oldest continuously run confectionery in America, available Fridays at 6:30pm. Explore our historic shop and candy kitchen, and discover the antique equipment still in use today. Learn about the history of candy and chocolate in America, and taste our delicate craft in action.
TOPICS COVERED: American history of chocolate & candy, architectural history of building, 110 Market St history, equipment explanation, turn of the century preferences, the retail revolution
Shane Confectionery Halloween Haunt
DESCRIPTION: Boo! Shane Confectionery is hosting Haunted Tour for four nights! Collect curious candies, hair-raising histories, and spectral stories on this historic tour through America's oldest continuously operated confectionery. The spooky, delicious, and educational exploration will focus on the dark passages found in Philadelphia, confectionery, and chocolate history.
TOPICS COVERED: Dangers of 19th century confectionery practices, Intersection of death and sweets throughout history within a variety of cultures.
Winter Holiday History Tour
DESCRIPTION: This Holiday season, join Shane Confectionery for a tour of our shops and kitchens. Explore the history of your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah treats and learn about 19th century holiday practices.
TOPICS COVERED: 19th cent. Philadelphia Christmas, drinking chocolate, ubiquitousness of peppermint, candy canes, gingerbread, ginger, gelt, Whitmans.
Sweets and Hearts: Valentine’s Desserts with a Side of History
DESCRIPTION: Bring your Valentine, and taste buds, to Shane Confectionery's historic candy kitchen on February 11, 12 or 14 for a delicious exploration into the history of sweetness and love. Share a sundae made with 19th century ice cream moulds, drink chocolate crafted with aphrodisiacs, and take home hand-made bonbons inspired by Victorian Floriography!
TOPICS COVERED: History of heart motif, chocolate boxes, Victorian postcard culture, aphrodisiacs, floriography.
Spoonful of Sugar: Candy Medicine Talk & Taste
DESCRIPTION: Join us on Sat. March 11th from 7-8PM in our historic candy kitchen to learn about candy and medicine’s intertwined past! A talk with our archivist will be followed by a hands-on drop roller demonstration on antique machines and tasting of cough drops made with historic flavors.
TOPICS COVERED: History of sweetened medication/candy medicine, history of the drop roller, hands on demo and explanation of 19th century candy making.
Cocktails and Confections with Dolley Todd Madison
DESCRIPTION: Join the Friends of Independence along with Chef Staib of City Tavern & A Taste of History and Eric & Ryan Berley of Franklin Fountain for a delicious salute to Dolley Todd Madison on Thursday, June 8th. Enjoy sweet treats and tasty drinks while learning about Dolley’s connection to ice cream and her fabulous pastries that can still be found at City Tavern today. Franklin Fountain will be demonstrating the use of 19th century ice cream molds while Chef Staib and Pastry Chef Diana Wolkow, demonstrate how to make Dolley’s “Fairy Butter”, which would go on top of James Madison’s favorite cake… Seed Cake!
TOPICS COVERED: ice cream molding, history of ice cream, dolley madison, colonial ice cream practices
Children’s Tour + Make Your Own Chocolate Bar
DESCRIPTION: Custom event for The Children’s School at St. John. Split group in half, 1st learns about history of chocolate and chocolate making in shop, while 2nd group learns about how to make chocolate with Kevin in Cafe, then top their own custom chocolate bar. Then switch)
TOPICS COVERED: history of chocolate, chocolate making
Honey, Chocolate, & Meade Tasting
DESCRIPTION: Shane Confectionery and Philadelphia Bee Co. are partnering to bring you a tasting of Honey, Dark Chocolate, and Mead just in time for the Philadelphia Honey Festival! Compare four local honeys and four bean to bar chocolates, indulge in a collaborative Honey Bon Bon, & sample Local Meads. Lead by Don Shump, Owner of Philadelphia Bee Co., and Kevin Paschall, Head Chocolate Maker at Shane Confectionery.
TOPICS COVERED: Chocolate making, mead making, honey harvesting, how to taste.
Mother’s Day Tour & Chocolate Tasting
DESCRIPTION: Join us on Mother's Day for a tour of America's Oldest Confectionery followed by a unique bean-to-bar chocolate tasting, lead by our head Chocolate Maker. Explore our historic shop, and learn the the art of chocolate making and tasting with your loved ones! Space is limited, reserve early!
TOPICS COVERED: Regular tour + History of Mother’s Day, chocolate making, how to taste.
Philly History Quizzo
DESCRIPTION: Test your Philadelphia history prowess while sipping complimentary cocktails from Art in the Age's Colonial Spirits! Win handcrafted chocolate from Shane Confectionery, and gift certificates to the Franklin Fountain! This is your moment to shine!
TOPICS COVERED: history of Philadelphia
War & Candy Tour
DESCRIPTION: From Memorial Day through August 25th, join Shane Confectionery as we mark the centennial of the United States' entry into WWI. Explore our historic shop and candy kitchen, and discover the antique equipment still in use today. Learn about the history of chocolate and candy during wartime and taste our delicate craft in action!
TOPICS COVERED: Sugar rationing, chocolate fund, alternative candies and inventions during wartime.
Make Your Own Schultüte
DESCRIPTION: First documented in 1810, the schultüte, or “school cone,” is a paper or cardboard cone filled with candies, toys, and school supplies and presented to a child on their first day of school in Germany. This Labor Day Weekend, children and adults alike are welcome to Shane Confectionery to decorate their own paper cone in the 200+ year old German tradition! After decorating it, fill your schultüte with with ½ lb. of your favorite penny candies in celebration of the upcoming school year!
TOPICS COVERED: History of the schultüte
Steampunk Salon Soiree at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
DESCRIPTION: Join the Young Friends of HSP for a one-night only pop-up exhibition that will feature marvels of science, feats of engineering, and speculative stories from Philadelphia’s past! Throughout the evening our friends at Shane Confectionery will be hosting candy making demonstrations using 19th-century techniques and historic herbal flavors! You can join in; helping with making and tasting!
TOPICS COVERED: history of Shane, drop rollers, steam confectioneries
Consumed: Tales from the Candy Crypt Halloween Tour
DESCRIPTION: This Halloween at Shane Confectionery, travel through time, encounter curious characters, curative candies, and frightening folklore. Over the course of your 45 minute journey, you'll be led through our shop and kitchens, and meet infamous 19th century literary authors, characters, and monsters. You'll learn about the often blurred interpretation of natural and supernatural afflictions, and the ways humans have sweetened their cures. Learn about the dangerous and beneficial, sweet and bitter history of candy and medicine. Guests will walk away with a bounty of delicious candy, everything from a Dark and Stormy Bon-Bon to an unsettling dose of Hair of the Dog.
TOPICS COVERED: candy medicine, folklore, werewolves/rabies, galvanism/electric therapy, medicinal cannibalism, chocolate/medicine, vampires/TB
Historic Gingerbread Workshop
DESCRIPTION: Join Shane Confectionery and the Franklin Fountain for an intimate Historic Gingerbread Making workshop! Learn about local Revolutionary War Baker Christopher Ludwick while making your own gingerbread cookies using antique cookie boards! Cozy up in the kitchen of America's oldest confectionery with Hot Toddies warmed on our copper kettles!
TOPICS COVERED: history of gingerbread, Christopher Ludwick, springerle, mold making, confections in revolutionary Philadelphia, how to bake
Historic Confectionery Window Tour (partnership with Friends of Independence National Historical Park)
DESCRIPTION: Join the Friends of Independence NHP along with Shane Confectionery as we host a program and tour on confectioners of Philadelphia! We will start the night at the Merchants' Exchange Building for a program on holiday traditions and to learn about a 19th century confectioner named Charles Mercier. Afterwards, participants will be led to Shane Confectionery on Market Street. (With a special stop on the way!) Here we will tour the building, learn about its history, including hearing about some of the people who worked in the space and discuss the holiday candy traditions in Philadelphia. Come join us for this sweet night of learning that will set the mood for the holidays!
TOPICS COVERED: regular tour plus Philadelphia confectionery history, history of gingerbread & clear toy, holiday traditions, Christopher Ludwick, Benjamin Jackson, Ben Franklin
A Sweet Evening at the Center for Art in Wood
DESCRIPTION: Jump into the holiday season with Shane Confectionery’s historic German Springerle Cookie Molds hosted by Elfreth’s Alley and The Center. While sipping on hot cider enjoy a presentation by Shane’s Co-owner and Historic Confectionery expert Ryan Berley. During the evening see a step by step process of the wood carving for the molds. For the full experience we’ll head over for a tour of the Elferth’s Alley Museum after the presentation.
TOPICS COVERED: Springerle, German cookie tradition, Christopher Ludwick
Handcrafted Drinking Chocolate Tasting at the Clay Studio
DESCRIPTION: Warm up this winter with a drinking chocolate tasting in our galleries. Kevin Paschall, Chocolate Maker at Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery, will bring some of his luxuriously rich drinking chocolates for all to discover and sip on. Learn about the tradition of chocolate making and the different varieties used. Ticket price is includes a handmade ceramic cup by Clay Studio Resident Artist Daniel Ricardo Teran to use during the event and keep afterwards!
TOPICS COVERED: History of drinking chocolate, Meso-American chocolate tradition, spices
Expedition: Travel by Chocolate
DESCRIPTION: Venture into the jungles of Latin America and the Caribbean with Shane Chocolate Works as your guide! On your journey, you'll taste a variety of handcrafted Single Origin Chocolates and Bon Bons, paired expertly with libations made with Quaker City Mercantile's Von Humboldt's Natur Wasser liquors.
TOPICS COVERED: chocolate making, tasting
Love Potions Workshop
DESCRIPTION: Enroll in a special Potions Class this Valentine's Day as Shane Confectionery and The Franklin Fountain point their arrows at both lovers and lonely hearts alike. Students will learn the intertwining history of soda fountains, aphrodisiacs, medicine, and magical plants, and then be given the tools to mix up their own potions meant to inspire love. Each potion will be a sweet soda syrup as unique as its creator, students will be encouraged to mix flavors by both taste and magical implication. Come thirsty to sip sample sodas as you prepare your perfect potion.
TOPICS COVERED: development of soda fountain culture, aphrodisiacs, magical plants, historic herbalism practices, floriography, soda history
Decorate Your Own Buttercream Egg
DESCRIPTION: This Easter, hop on over to Shane Confectionery to decorate your own classic buttercream egg, all while learning tips and tricks from our confectioner!
TOPICS COVERED: History of buttercream, best practices decorating
Chocolate Cocktails Workshop (with the Alchemist Society)
DESCRIPTION: Join us on Friday, May 11th at 6:30p for a special Craft Cocktail & Chocolate Workshop, created in collaboration with our friends at the Alchemist Society!
During this libatious & educational class, you'll make four historic cocktails using local spirits, and pair them with a variety of hand-crafted Shane chocolates. You'll leave tipsy with cocoa facts and your newfound ability to create unique cocktails!
TOPICS COVERED: historic chocolate drinking, historic cocktails, fermented foods
Local Chocolate, Cheese, & Honey Workshop (with Philadelphia Bee Co. Don Shump)
DESCRIPTION: Join Shane Confectionery's own Chocolate Maker & Philadelphia Bee Co.beekeeper Don Shump on Fri. June 8th at 6:30p for a tasting that will pair a sumptuous variety of local chocolates, honey, and cheeses.
TOPICS COVERED: Chocolate making, honey extraction, cacao fact, bee facts
Hand Crafted Root Beer Workshop at the Clay Studio
DESCRIPTION: Join us for an effervescent evening of Root Beer tasting! In this tasting led by the owners of the Franklin Fountain, you’ll learn about the history, production, and origin of this timeless beverage while co-owner Eric Berley creates a historic root tea. Explore the botanicals in early recipes, and make your own house-made Root Beer in a drinking cup made by Resident Artist, Daniel Ricardo Teran. A hand-made mug, inspired by a historical Root Beer cup in the Franklin Fountain collection, is included in the ticket price.
TOPICS COVERED: root tea, american botanicals, soda history, Hires’, Philadelphia, root beer
DESCRIPTION: Butter up your hands and bring a friend to pull taffy over candy and conversation. Participate in an Old-Fashioned Taffy Pull in Shane Confectionery's historic kitchen! Our confectioner will cook up batches of taffy and teach tips and tricks to getting the perfect bite. Nibble on your taffy creations while learning about the history of taffy pulls.
TOPICS COVERED: taffy pulling parties, taffy history, sugar cooking, confectionery art
Death by Chocolate Ice Cream Social
DESCRIPTION: Join us for a decadent ice cream social like you’ve never experienced. Featuring a variety of small batch chocolate ice creams, made with craft, bean-to-bar chocolate from Shane Chocolate Works, you’ll have access to single origin flavors and unique toppings. Our chocolate maker will be on hand to talk about his craft and the chocolate you’ll be tasting.
TOPICS COVERED: craft chocolate, bean-to-bar, ice cream, cocoa farming, tasting notes
Botanical Cocoa Tea Workshop
DESCRIPTION: Shane Confectionery’s Chocolate Maker will discuss historical chocolate and traditional American recipes, which were often flavored with local roots, flowers, and only occasionally sweetened with ingredients like licorice. You’ll learn to grind and steep cocoa nibs and create a few varieties of cocoa tea, using ingredients that would have been used centuries ago in the Americas. After, you’ll create their own cocoa tea mixture with cocoa nibs and historical botanicals.
TOPICS COVERED: cocoa foodways, historical botanicals, cocoa tea, cacao, chocolate origins, american botanicals