Showing posts from February, 2012

Ye Olde Pepper Companie - A Historically Sweet Spot in Salem, Massachusetts

On a recent visit up to the North Shore of Boston to spend some time in Salem - my favorite haunt in Massachusetts (cue rimshot!) - I had occasion to stop by the House of the Seven Gables to check out a few new galleries in the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace House which are well worth a trip to see, especially if you're a fan of Nathaniel! Following my visit, I had some free time so decided to take a walk to the small and unassuming building that sits directly across the street from the Gables Complex. 122 Derby Street is the home of Ye Olde Pepper Companie Ltd. which has been around since 1806 and as such, has the honorable distinction of being America's oldest candy company. I tell ya, all this chasing history can be a sweet thing sometimes! Before entering the store and walking into what could only be described as Candy Heaven, I peered through the windows into the candy kitchen where I could make out a taffy-pulling machine and also several large kettles that look