Hi, my name is Jayne. And I have an addiction… to chocolate. And chewy candy. And basically anything made from sugar. It’s more than an addiction, it’s a sickness. I have stashes all around the house. In my purse. In the car.
So when I heard talk on our town’s open forum on Facebook that there was a new chocolate shop that recently opened, my ears perked up.
Then they told me it was an hour away….
Oh, did you think that would deter me?
And that, my friends, is how I found myself driving an hour to New Hartford, Connecticut two weeks ago.
New Hartford is a town in Connecticut. Really, I’m not making it up. Many people have never heard of it before, and had I not known someone that lived there, I would argue that it was fake as well. It’s really far out there though, in Litchfield County, way past the airport, way past the Granbys, even past Barkhamstead (and yes, that too is a real town). It is a beautiful drive though, and paired up with our fun outing to Brodie Park in New Hartford, it made for a really fun outing!
Six Spoons Chocolatier recently opened its doors in early April. The shop is run by some lovely ladies, and has deep roots with the very famous Crand’s Candy Castle of Enfield, Connecticut. The owner is what many people refer to as one of “Crand’s kids”. Having not grown up in Enfield, I actually am unfamiliar with Crand’s Castle. I feel like I missed out on something amazing. However, I think after Crand’s Candy Castle closed, many people in town felt we were missing something in Enfield. But it’s not missing anymore, it’s just relocated. To New Hartford.
The shop is located in a small shopping plaza, which also houses a grocery store and a diner, among a few other shops. It’s on a main road, and easy to find.
The shop is super cute, with splashes of pinks and browns coloring the walls and shelves.
We visited on a Friday morning, just before Easter. The shop was filled with Easter bunnies, jellybeans and so much more good stuff!
They have lots of chocolate for sale – I really liked the peanut butter smidgens! I made sure to bring the husband home a chocolate peanut butter cup and chocolate dipped pretzels. And if you feel really adventurous, they had chocolate dipped Twinkies in the display case as well.
They make their own fudge, as well as roasted nuts.
And my favorite was the old fashioned candy they had in the center of the store, as well as a few others on display on the shelves. Rock Candy! Taffy! Candy Necklaces! My inner 9 year old child was jumping for joy!
They set up a cute little seating area for patrons to enjoy a coffee, or nibble on their goodies.
And speaking of coffee, they sell that too, in some delicious flavors!
The store was still having some finishing touches put on it, including an ice cream counter, which should be coming soon!
Once I filled my basket with way too much candy… I finally checked out. I could have stayed there shopping all day, but for once, my restless toddler saved me from becoming, well, a kid in a candy store.
I did get to chat with the lovely ladies working there, and learned more about their shop as well as some history of Crand’s Castle. They have created a really wonderful little candy shop; and while a part of me is a little jealous they settled in New Hartford (instead of Enfield), the other part of me is super excited that this is only an hour away! Trust me, it’s worth the trip to experience their delicious chocolate, their gracious hospitality, and a beautiful drive through this quiet part of Connecticut.
And as I mentioned before, it gave us a chance to check out Brodie Park, which is also located in New Hartford, only ten minutes from Six Spoons. So I got my chance to be a kid in a candy store, and my son got his chance to just be a kid at the playground. Everyone won that afternoon! Although, trust me, the little guy is definitely still enjoying the lollipops we picked up that morning at the candy shop!
This about sums it up…
141 Main Street- New Hartford, Connecticut,
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Stroller accessible
- Child friendly!
- Baskets available for shopping
- Coffee for sale – Ice Cream soon to be available
- Free Parking
- Small seating area
- Allergy Notice: This is NOT a nut (peanut or tree nut) free facility. Wheat, soy, dairy, eggs is also used in the shop.