First off, this place looks completely legit. It's exactly like stepping back in time. Here's the storefront which right from the start has an old time-y feel.
When I asked a member of their very knowledgeable and friendly staff what Shane's is known for she told me their buttercreams, especially the vanilla ones. Truthfully I was a little disappointed because I've never liked buttercreams. They're always way too sweet and seem a little boring. But then she told me that Shane's are made using their original recipe and original equipment. Ok, when in
|the REAL DEAL
|lemon and strawberry buttercreams
|the (vanilla buttercream) money shot
Do you see how the inside is oozing out just a little? It was like biting into a perfectly balanced butter/vanilla bomb with a little bit of velvety milk chocolate on the outside. Perfection.
Ok so if you are in Philly then you must check out Shane Confectionary. Primarily because it is so authentic and if you're already in town checking out America's history then you might as well take it a step further and get some candy history. Once inside, if you do nothing else PLEASE try a vanilla buttercream. These are so good, there is just no comparison. And if you're not planning a trip to Philly anytime soon, order their vanilla buttercreams online: http://shanecandies.com/