Craving Some Christmas Whimsy?

By Katie Mobley, on

You’re in for quite a treat this year. As part of our celebration of the shapes of the season, we have transformed our iconic Music Room into a playful, fanciful upscale confectionery shop … and the result has us feeling like, well, a kid in a candy store. We’ve swathed the Music Room in layers of pastel colors and a spirit of enchantment, from rainbow lollipops to apothecary jars brimming with goodies to vibrant clear toy candies placed among vintage candy molds. Our vision has come to life with the help of Philadelphia’s own Shane Confectionery. As America’s oldest continuously operating confectionery shop, Shane has made it their mission to interpret the historic candy and chocolate-making traditions of Philadelphia, and we are delighted to showcase their craft this season.

Located at 110 Market Street in Philadelphia (where confectioners have been on premise since 1863), the present-day Shane Confectionery carries on a generations-long tradition of hand-crafted confectionery long associated with the Shane Family, a name that became synonymous with quality-made treats in Philadelphia’s historic hotbed of confectionery.

Curved glass cases and elaborately carved cabinets are among the shop's architectural details that have been restored to their 1911 appearance. Photo by Morgan Cichewicz.

After 99 years of 110 Market Street operating under the Shane family, in 2010 Shane Confectionery owners and brothers Ryan and Eric Berley purchased Shane Candies. The Berley Family has maintained the Shane name to commemorate the candy-making family and has and preserved the heritage of this Philadelphia tradition while introducing the art of confectionery to a whole new generation.

Shane’s confectioners boil sugar in copper kettles every day for their hand-crafted candies and source ingredients locally whenever possible. Every week Shane’s chocolate maker selects a crop of responsibly sourced cocoa beans from all over the world, which are then crafted into a variety of candies and drinking chocolate.

Shane Confectionery Chocolate Café Manager Vicki Liantonio grounds cocoa nibs for use in drinking chocolate. Photo by Zach Longacre.

In fact, Shane Confectionery crafted a bean-to-bar 68.5% dark chocolate medallion featuring Longwood’s emblematic rosette, which can be purchased in our GardenShop this season. These hand-crafted treats began as carefully selected beans, which were then hand-sorted, crushed, roasted, ground, and then tempered using a combination of traditional and modern techniques.

Shane Confectionery Head Chocolate Maker Kevin Paschall prepares to dose out the 68.5% dark chocolate blend into rosette medallion molds. After the chocolate is poured into the molds, the mold tray is placed on a shake table to ensure the chocolate reaches every fine detail of the mold. The mold is then transferred to Shane's cold room so the chocolate may fully set. Photo by Zach Longacre.
The final (delicious) product. Photo by Morgan Cichewicz.

Which brings us to our Music Room. Plenty of Shane’s goodies are on full display in this magical space, amid many other delicious surprises. The pastel colors throughout the space beautifully complement the Music Room’s ceiling and add to a sense of whimsy and enchantment as you explore the room.

Styled by Shane Confectionery Owner Ryan Berley and Designer Pavia Burroughs, this Music Room cabinet proudly displays a variety of Shane treats. Photo by Becca Mathias.
Clear toy candy, a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas gift, is crafted by pouring molten sugar into Victorian molds. When cooled, they are gently chiseled out, cleaned, and ready to wow. Photo by Becca Mathias.
Our Music Room was crafted with Shane's architectural details in mind. All of the fixtures throughout the room were designed by our Horticulture team and created by our talented Facilities team of carpenters and painters. Photo by Becca Mathias.
Pennsylvania artist Anne Piazza's hand-crafted, incredibly detailed porcelain ornaments deepen our pastel palette. Piazza applies the raised decorative details by hand using a syringe. Photo by Becca Mathias.
A lollipop-lined mantle playfully accentuates the copper kettle, brimming over with boiling "sugar" in the Music Room fireplace. Photo by Becca Mathias.

From the colorful confectionery in our Music Room to a shimmering tunnel of lights near our Meadow Garden, it’s shaping up to be A Longwood Christmas to remember. Experience the magic from November 22 through January 5. 

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