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Here’s our list of our fave vintage, old fashioned and traditional places in the Philadelphia area during the holiday season. Click on the links to read more about these timeless treats, see additional photos, and learn how to get to these wondrous places courtesy of the RetroRoadmap archive!

The Wanamaker Organ Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Department Store, Philadelphia PA

Meet Me At The Eagle

Strawbridge & Clothier’s Dickens Christmas Village at Macy’s Department Store, Philadelphia PA

Fezziwig's Party

Fireside drinks and dining at McGillan’s Old Ale House, Philadelphia PA

I'll Have A Flaming Rum Punch!

Christmas Lights Galore at Koziar’s Christmas Village, Bernville PA

Christmas Barn in Bernville

Clear Toy Candy from Franklin Fountain, Philadelphia PA

Holiday Movies on the Big Screen at The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA

The Colonial Christmas

Old Fashioned Downtown Holiday Shopping at Sine’s 5 & 10 Quakertown, PA
5 & 10 HorizontalWhat is missing from the list? Let me know! As you can guess, Bethlehem PA is a big destination this time of year and a RetroRoadmap Reader reminded me of the National Christmas Center in Paradise PA, so I think I know where I’ll be heading this coming weekend!

What retro / vintage holiday traditional places do you go in your neck of the woods?

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You may remember Franklin Fountain here in Philadelphia from the post I did over the holidays about their Clear Toy Candy and I know I’m due to visit them for some of their tasty home made ice cream now that the warm weather has finally arrived. Well I just learned of a couple of developments about this sweet spot that I wanted to share, both related to vintage candy!

toy-candy-franklin-fountain-frog-bicycle-retro-roadmap(for the uninitiated, that is a frog riding a penny farthing bike, made of clear delicious sugar!)

1. If you tune in quick tonight you’ll see the staff of Franklin Fountain make clear toy candy on The Food Network’s “Unwrapped” tonight at 11:30!!! I found this out on the Franklin Fountain Facebook Page, where I also learned that some other TV foodies have visited FF recently. Become a friend of theirs and you too can keep up on their latest news.

2. According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer it looks like the brothers that own Franklin Fountain are extending their reach down the block and have purchased the oldest candy store in Philadelphia, Shane Candies. This vintage sweet shop had been on my Retro Roadmap Philly list, and I just know with the attention to detail and dedication to authenticity, they will brush the dust off of this gem of a place and do its history proud.

And for both of these bits of sweet news, we share the Victory Mix, which I snapped a photo of in the Shane Candy window long before Retro Roadmap. Enjoy!

victory mix

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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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