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The Dutch Haven Gift Shop and its whirling windmill is one of my fave sights on Route 30 in Lancaster County PA. It started out in the 1920’s as a luncheonette serving Pennsylvania Dutch style food, but now it’s a gift shop filled with Amish Stuff and known for just one type of food, Shoofly pie!

Dutch Haven Windmill(Who can resist an actual turning windmill? It even lights up at night! Fancy doin’s especially in these parts!)

A molasses based gooey pie with a crumb top, the Dutch Haven’s sample of Shoo-Fly pie goes is handed to you with a generous blop of whipped cream on top. “This is how they getcha!” I say to Retro Roadhusband, “First they give you a sample, then you want the whole pie, next thing you know, you’re turning Amish!”
Dutch Haven Made Shoo-Fly Pie Famous

Now you and I both know that I don’t need another souvenir, tchotschke, gew-gaw or dust catcher, but does that ever stop us from wandering around the Windmill? Nosiree! And c’mon I have to buy something, I mean, they gave me a free bite of pie!
Some People Are Wonderful Nice
I never get tired of looking at the well preserved signs and paintings that surround the interior of the main building with their brightly colored Plain Folk (oxymoron?) and clever sayings.

Interior of Dutch Haven

And the lover of the tacky treasure in me always delights in their wide assortment of trivets-with-a-message.
God Bless Our Camper

So if you want a sweet treat or a corny gift to remind yourself of a wonderful trip down the Lincoln Highway in Lancaster County, look for the spinning windmill at the Dutch Haven. It’s a Retro Roadmap must stop!

Dutch Haven
2857 Lincoln Highway East
Ronks, PA 17572-9607
(717) 687-0111

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I could not let one more holiday moment go by without sharing with you the clear toy candy that the Franklin Fountain folks hand make every Christmas season from authentic molds.

Franklin Fountain is  a “new but looks old” place that is totally charming in its turn of the century soda fountain ways, and will get it’s own proper write up once ice cream season resumes, but for now, I’m simply raving about their clear candy.

Franklin Fountain Toy Candy

Clear Toy Candy is a Pennsylvania-German tradition that dates to the 18th century when children were gifted them during the holiday season. These candies are handmade in historic Old City, Philadelphia using antique Victorian hard candy molds. Molds were made in Philadelphia at the turn-of-the-century and were in continuous use by Young’s Candies on Girard Avenue since 1897. When Young’s closed in 2006, the Berley Brothers purchased their collection of over 250 molds and are continuing the Philadelphia tradition of clear toy candymaking from their Old City soda fountain.

While these charming folks behind the counter aren’t the ones who waited on me when Retro Roadhusband and I popped in here before a show, I will say that I was beyond impressed with the help I received when trying to pick out 3 candies that were different but also exactly the same, so that the Retro Roadkids would not bicker about who got the better gift. Our pleasant clerk headed “upstairs” to see what they had in additional stock and came back with a selection that was just spot on perfect!

(Thanks to intrepid reporter Constance H for the daytime photos)

Take a look at this PDF that shows you all of the wonderful old time candy molds they use, some of these wonders measuer 4-5 inches high and are rife with detail.

Edited to add: Who knew that I was on the cutting edge of coolness with my post about Clear Toy Candy at Franklin Fountain! Here’s a link to their December blog where they let spill that not one but two Food Network shows will feature the Fountain!  Marc Summers stopped by to host the acclaimed “Unwrapped” show and “American Classics”  will document their Clear Toy Candy making process. There are more interesting tid-bits in their Scoop, so click the link and have a look!

Clear Toy Candy at Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-1899

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