Josh Early Candies - Bethlehem, Bethlehem

4.1
#6 of 7 in Shopping in Bethlehem
Gift & Specialty Shop · Hidden Gem · Shopping
Create an itinerary including Josh Early Candies - Bethlehem
Our History

Josh Early CandiesĀ® history begins in the early 1900's. J. Mark Early, also known as Josh Early III, and a partner sold wholesale candy under the business name of Richardson and Early. Several decades later, J. Mark's son, Josh Early IV and his wife, Millie (pictured above), started their own retail business in Reading, Pennsylvania. He named his store Early's Old Fashioned Chocolates and, in 1938, made his first batch of butter creams under the curious eye of his young son, Josh Early V.

Father and son worked together in Reading for many years developing the freshest, highest quality chocolates available. Defining the company's fundamental philosophy, they never sacrificed quality for convenience. Over the years, they perfected this philosophy, and in 1956 Josh V began making and selling candy wholesale in nearby Baumstown. Josh V and his wife Marge worked there for five years before opening their own retail store on Hamilton Boulevard in Allentown.

The new business thrived and Josh and Marge's son-in-law Barry Dobil joined them in 1972. With his new partner, Josh now fulfilled a long-time wish to open a second retail store. After much searching and planning, a second location on Bethlehem's Nazareth Pike was opened in 1982. Four years later, construction of Interstate 78 forced the partners to relocate their original Hamilton Boulevard store to its current location at 4640 Tilghman Street in Allentown.

To date, our master candy makers continue to use the same batch recipes developed in the early 1900's. We currently have four other family members continuing the tradition of Josh Early Candies, and are proud to say that we are now a fifth generation family business.
To visit Josh Early Candies - Bethlehem and get the most from your holiday in Bethlehem, create itinerary details personal to you using our Bethlehem trip site.
Source
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Josh Early Candies - Bethlehem reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
18 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • I stumbled on this shop and was very happy with the half pound variety of filled chocolates I selected. The store is big - about 4-5 times larger than shown in the photo. I like to pick my own... 
    I stumbled on this shop and was very happy with the half pound variety of filled chocolates I selected. The store is big - about 4-5 times larger than shown in the photo. I like to pick my own...  more »
  • Our family try salted caramel taste tests whenever we find a new chocolate shop. Hands down, so far we've not found another shop to beat Josh Early's on Linden St! 
    Our family try salted caramel taste tests whenever we find a new chocolate shop. Hands down, so far we've not found another shop to beat Josh Early's on Linden St!  more »
Google
  • In town visiting family today and stopped in for some Easter candy. We were surprised that they had not yet put out their Easter selection, so we asked if they happened to have any, since we would not be back in the area before Easter. The woman who helped us was gracious enough to hook us up with call the goodies we could want for our Easter baskets! Thank you for making our DAY!
  • Great candy shop. I always stop by to get some hard candies and their own version of reeses cups. The staff is on point and friendly. Can't wait to go back and get some more!

Plan your trip to Bethlehem

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.