Parkside Candy

Review by: harpsichord_gal

Built in 1927, Parkside Candy is one of the prettiest confectioneries anywhere. When you walk in, your nose fills with a liquorish cocoa-butter aroma even before your eyes can focus on the stunning interior decor. In a grandiose oval room lined with classic columns and umbrella’d by a domed ceiling, candies are sold from vending stations around the circumference. Soft background music and subtle indirect light create the reverential atmosphere of a fine art museum.

This old-fashioned candy store offers salt water taffy, all day suckers, bon bons of every size and shape, and Buffalo’s favorite spun sugar specialty, sponge candy (also known as honeycombs).

As is true of many of the city’s best chocolatiers, Parkside also is an ice cream parlor, with cozy alcoves and a scattering of tables about the room for dining in. The ice cream repertoire is a full roster of dusty roads, rocky roads, tin roofs, egg creams, peanut butter fudge banana splits, creamsicle frappes, and maple nut sundaes. Top-of-the-line is the Granada Special: five flavors of ice cream, four toppings, toasted nuts, a mountain of whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.

There is a short sandwich menu, too, but we’ve never tried it. The aroma of chocolate when we walk in the Parkside door is a Siren’s call.

Directions & Hours

11am - 7pm
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM

What To Eat

Parfait

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Parkside Candy Recipes

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One Response to “Parkside Candy”

Jane & Michael Stern
Erika Kilborn

May 10th, 2012

I went to college at SUNY/Buffalo and Parkside Candies was one of the places that kept me alive. Whenever I felt low and alone in a big cold place, I would meander down Main Street and enter into the old world charm of Parkside. A tuna sandwich on white toast or a perfectly cooked burger with a soda or a milk shake set me back on my feet. If I was particularly depressed there was nothing like a bag of sponge candy to bring me back to life. Returning to Buffalo after many years away, I was thrilled to find that Parkside is still there, still a classic gem on Main Street. I hope the owners find the time and money to refurbish their wonder neon sign out front, but even if they don’t, you should find your way there and indulge in a soul-warming experience of food, candy and pure happiness.

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