Romantic travel

Small town chocolatiers make a sweet stop for Valentine’s Day

Travelers will find plenty of Valentine's Day treats at Marie's Candies and other small Buckeye State chocolatiers.
Travelers will find plenty of Valentine's Day treats at Marie's Candies and other small Buckeye State chocolatiers.

Planning a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day? Don’t forget, along the way, to collect sweets for your darling.

Wherever your travels take you in the Buckeye State, you’ll find some great candy nearby. (Pro tip: During a romantic getaway, it’s also a plus to speak a little French.)

Ohio is blessed, perhaps by Cupid, with an abundance of strong-tasting, small-town chocolatiers and confectioners, many of which have been established for decades – or much longer.

Wittich Fine Candy in Circleville

When it comes to sweet, sweet history, it’s hard to top the nation’s oldest family-run candy store. Candy-making doesn’t get much more venerable — or tastier — than at Wittich’s Fine Candies (117 W. High St., www.wittichscandyshop.com) in downtown Circleville’s National Historic District.

“At least we think we’re the older ones,” said Janet Wittich, the current sweetness matriarch.

“No one could say we’re not,” Wittich said.

“There’s an old candy store in Salem, Massachusetts, but it’s not owned by the same family.”

The shop, in addition to an unquestionable pedigree, sports an authentic 1940s soda fountain and counter, relocated to Wittich’s in 1997 after an ice cream shop in Columbus closed.

It’s a great place to sit and watch Wittich’s confectioners work their magic on a melted chocolate worktable just behind the main display cases.

All of Wittich’s sweets, in fact, are handmade every day.

The shop also sells a wide variety of DIY candy-making supplies.

Dietsch Brothers at Findlay

Dietsch Brothers Chocolates and Ice Cream  in Findlay dates back to 1937 and has become a go-to destination for visitors to the county seat of Hancock.

Ice cream at Dietsch Brothers is almost as popular as candy, with favorites such as Buckeye, a mix of peanut butter ice cream, chocolate sauce and miniature “buckeye” candies. Dietsch also makes delicious ice cream cakes and pies.

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