Do you have a sweet tooth? I sure do. If you’re looking for a space to make all of your childhood candy dreams come true, check out Bittersweet Candy in downtown Schenectady.
Bittersweet Candy (173 Jay St, Schenectady) isn’t your normal candy store. Do they have handmade chocolates in various shapes and sizes? Yes, but it’s the other stuff that really makes them stand out. I remember my first experience with Bittersweet Candy was seeing them at the old Clinton Street Mercantile. I saw a chocolate vinyl record and a chocolate-covered pretzel and had to bring it home.
Each year for Christmas, I like to surprise my friends with products from various local businesses. This year’s theme was “Pamper Yourself” and how do you pamper yourself properly without chocolate? So, on Black Friday this year, I went into Bittersweet Candy to see what they had. I was not disappointed.
Going around the store, you’ll see that they’re much more than just chocolate. On top of a whole wall of homemade chocolate shapes and barks, you’ll find some of your favorite old-school candies, delicious gummies, interesting flavored sodas, small gifts and so much more. My favorite? The milk chocolate-covered Oreos!
Owner, Heather Lent, started Bittersweet Candy in 2005. She started making bark for co-workers and that’s where the spark for chocolate making started. Now, aside from her own storefront in downtown Schenectady, she’s also partnered with Death Wish Coffee, Iron Bean Coffee, Saratoga Coffee Traders, Twisted Soul Desserts, and more!
You can either take a look in the store itself to buy a treat, or you can order something custom through the Bittersweet Candy website. Also, another reason to support Bittersweet Candy is that 10% of their profits are donated to their favorite animal charities!