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The Rich History of Spence Candies

From its beginnings in 2000, Spence Candies has quickly become known and respected as a producer/distributor of premium handmade chocolates and other delicious confections.

Homemade Chocolate MakerBorn and raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Wendie Spence learned the art of candy making from her mother and father, Joyce and Donald, using techniques and recipes taught to them by Wendie’s grandmother, Ruth. These secret Pennsylvania German recipes, passed down through the generations, come alive once again with every delightful bite of these luscious sweets!

Indianola, Iowa was the original location of Spence Candies. Through the hard work of Wendie, her husband, Rob, and word-of-mouth praise from satisfied customers, the many varieties of Spence Candies soon became a much sought-after treat in area restaurants and gift shops. The arrival of a supply of Spence Candies to these locations would often create customer rushes to stock up!

Tasty Cream TrufflesIn 2004, Rob and Wendie returned to Pennsylvania, settling in historic Elizabethtown, Lancaster County. They immediately began making their candies and selling them to local shops. In 2007 they moved to their current location, the site of the former Country Haus Gift Shop. The building was renovated for candy production and the retail shop opened in spring of 2009.

Thanks to the generous support of loyal customers, as well as the hard work and dedication of loving family and wonderful friends, Spence Candies is now thriving in Elizabethtown. Proud of our history, and excited for our future, we look forward to serving you for many more years to come!


We absolutely love getting feedback from our customers! Here’s a sampling of some of the comments we’ve received over the years.

“My Chocolatiers – Thank you so much for the salted caramels! It was such a surprise to come home to such a decadent treat. I must say, I’m territorial of them. I’ve eaten my way through two countries and had countless samples of chocolate, but nothing tastes as perfect as yours.”
– Kayla G.

“A special Thank You for these special candies! I so appreciate them and your work – an art form.”
– Dr. David D.

“I just ate the last piece of your Dark Raspberry Jellies that my sister bought me, and Oh My but it truly tastes more-ish!”
– Naomi J.

“I wanted to thank you and your wife for some of the best candy I have ever had – not too sweet and incredibly delicious. (We have family who travel to Belgium from time to time and bring home truffles for us. Your truffles are even better.)”
– Pam B.

“My husband’s Aunt Helen gave us a box of your chocolates for Christmas. Since we have so much chocolate “stuff” in the house because of the holidays, I told my husband that I’d take the box to church to share on Sunday. Then I tried one and I’ve decided to keep the box right here at home! Your chocolates are amazing and since you are based in Elizabethtown, it’s not that far away from our home in Harrisburg. Thanks for a fabulous treat!”
– Becky B.

“Every time I come in… are pretty busy in the back making those delicious candies. Jodi & I send people your way all the time. You are Lancaster County’s best kept secret!!!!”
– Tony B.

“I wanted to thank you for the amazing box of chocolate that Kyle brought me home from Spence Candies! Being a chocolate lover it was the perfect gift!!! I can guarantee Kyle will be making trips to the store every time before he comes home!!!”
– Peggy F.