We made it through four whole days in Massachusetts before we had to hit up our favorite candy shop!
Prides Crossing Confections began in a small shop in the Prides Crossing area of Beverly, Massachusetts. The owner, Chris Flynn, made all of the candy in the shop, and it was a real treat, as a kid, to watch him work. As the shop’s fame grew, he needed to find a bigger home for Prides Crossing Confections, and he did so at the historic train station just down the street.
For the most part, this building suffices, though there are times right before holidays (mainly Christmas and Easter) when the line doesn’t fit inside! The train station is picturesque, and trains still run along the tracks.
Leading up to the winter holidays, the shop is sweetly decorated with a tree, garlands, and lots of candy canes! The candies themselves are the real decorations, of course.
While the main draw at Prides Crossing Confections is the handmade candy, they do sell other candies (you can see the Pez in the picture below). There’s only a small amount of that in the store, though – you won’t find a shelf of Milky Ways and Snickers – just a few fun things for kids or things that fit the season.
The specialty at Prides Crossing Confections is its caramel. They make just about every kind of turtle you can imagine: milk and dark versions of cashew, pecan, and almond. They also have a large selection of caramels, some with yummy varieties of sea salt on top.
Their fudge is also amazing. Well, to be honest, everything is amazing here. In addition to the usual turtles, fudge, caramels, and buttercreams, they also have an ever-changing selection of unique creations, like the “Magic Way” candies, which are pretty much Milky Ways, but way better. They also make a great variety of foil wrapped candies according to the season. At Christmas, you’ll find milk chocolate presents, stars, bells, soldiers, etc. Some are filled with caramel and others with peanut butter, but even just the plain milk chocolates are fantastic.
We had a lot to order, with 9 people to buy for! Some of the kids had a hard time deciding what they wanted! Not Niall, though – funny guy that he is, he chose sour gummies, even with the lure of all that chocolate!
It’s not as easy to watch candy being made, compared with at the old shop, but you can still get a glimpse!
While Prides Crossing Confections might be out of your way, it’s definitely worth a trip if you can go in person. But there is another option if you can’t make it into the store – they will gladly ship during cooler weather!