The story of countless enterprises in the country is retold with Wolfgang Candy Company. It started in 1921 when Delphy Eli, Mima Mae Wolfgang and oldest son Paul founded Wolfgang Candy Company.
The company began producing old-fashioned hand crafted candies all made with love. Their products include chocolate covered pretzels, filled truffle cookies and peanut butter bears in addition to many wonderful creations.
It all started in the cellar of the family home on Latimer Street of North York, PA. From humble beginnings in the cellar the company grew building expansions in stages as needed. They sold their chocolates at local farmers markets and grocery stores. His children Glen and Ruby started selling their chocolates at local football games and community functions.
The local high school became a regular customer selling their chocolates as fundraisers. This revealed an avenue that led to the company’s long-lasting success. Wolfgang Candy Company is the oldest fundraising business in the country.
A company walking tour gives a tour of the plant and view of the candy making process from start to finish. This allows visitors to see, smell and taste their favorite candy cooking, mixing and coating. The Food Network rated it one of the ‘Top Five Tasty Tours’ in the country.
Tours have strict restrictions to comply with Governmental food safety regulations. Traffic is restricted within production areas to meet regulations. Visitors must wear clean clothing with sleeveless shirts and open toed shoes prohibited. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before tour time.
Dormant assembly lines were customary during summer with additional workers hired prior to holidays to meet seasonal business. A new approach has been taken so maintain a steady supply of products all year, resulting in more consistent employment for workers. As a result the company has greater profitability and continues producing its fine candies.
Wolfgang Candy Company
50 E. Fourth Avenue, York, PA
June 1 – Labor Day
Monday – Thursday at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 1:00 PM
Rest of year
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
York PA is the states 14th largest city with 43,718 population. Colonists from Philadelphia first settled it in 1741. The city is known as the Factory Tour Capital of the World. The city is known for its production of pretzels but less known as home for York Barbell, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and other manufacturing. The Susquehanna River flows east of York, the 16th largest volume river is 464 miles long.
York PA is a 4 ½ hour drive of 289 miles from Rochester NY. Drive south from Rochester on route 15 into Pennsylvania to Harrisburg. Continue driving south on US 83 to York PA.
Here’s what one visitor thought of their tour.
“ Great place for a tour of the factory and of course, tasting the wonderful, fresh chocolates! Very interesting place.”