Local Review: Phillip’s Candy House
Sometimes, Nick and I take a wrong turn and while fumbling with and cursing the new Apple Maps, we discover something wonderful.
It could be a field of snow or a climbable rock formation or even a small lake that has a smooth and perfect surface for skipping stones.
And sometimes, it is a brightly lit and homey looking house sitting on the side of a street we don’t know the name of and shouldn’t be driving down that I immediately beg to pull over for so we can explore.
Phillip’s Candy House is located at 818 William T. Morrissey Blvd in Dorchester, Massachusetts. It has been owned and operated by the same family since its founding in 1925, and is best known for their lovingly handcrafted gourmet sweets and fresh baked cookies.
From turtles to truffles and fruit filling to fudge, Phillip’s Candy House is a delight to the senses and has the power to transform a frown by their free counter samples alone!
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not really into sweets. I love baking but was born without much of a sweet tooth, so I’m not typically a huge fan of chocolate shops or candy stores. They’re pretty, sure, but a lot of the time the chocolate is old and not overly pleasant to eat.
That isn’t the case with Phillip’s, however. “We rotate our entire inventory regularly to ensure that we only have the freshest chocolate out for our customers,” explained one of the friendliest employees I’ve ever met. Carol, a loving mother to her children and a woman with years of experience with the store, took Nick and I on a tour of the storefront, walking us through the different treat stations and explaining more about the history behind the shop itself.
“Everything is made by hand, and this is the very first conveyor belt the family used,” she says, pointing to one of the many framed newspaper articles on the walls. This one showed a couple of children with their parents working on sorting through the chocolate on a decades old conveyor belt.
“It’s like I Love Lucy!” Nick said to her, and she agreed with a laugh before walking us to the fudge.
“The best thing is the customers,” Carol tells us, in between explaining the ingredients for what will soon become my most favorite chocolate concoction ever — Royal Hash. (Chocolate, marshmallow, chopped nuts and hazelnut butter — OMG!) “We’re a family shop. Parents come in and bring their children, who grow up and then bring their children. Generations of people still shop here, and we sell them the same things we once sold their grand parents. It’s amazing.”
Amazing is right — Having been around since the Great Depression, Phillip’s had to be the best of the best to stay in business during one of the toughest times in the American economy’s history.
The experience shows in each masterfully crafted, decadent and delicious piece of candy they have — And trust me, we tried quite a few! Nick and I picked a few pieces each and shared them all over the next few days, deciding on what we liked best. (He’s a fan of the ones with chewy centers — I prefer the ones with marshmallows and nuts!)
I would definitely recommend this small shop to anyone with even the slightest interest in good chocolate, friendly service and adorable decor.
Stop looking at these pictures and go try them already! They have online ordering, for those of you who aren’t within stumble-upon distance! 😉
Phillip’s Candy House Website || 800.722.0905
Phillip’s Candy House || 818 Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester