Harbor Sweets

Handmade Chocolates

Smooth (and Sweet) Sailing

Harbor Sweets’ signature candy is the Sweet Sloop, a sailboat-shaped concoction of almond butter crunch, coated in white chocolate and dipped in dark chocolate and crushed pecans. The Sloops, which are handmade in the company’s Salem, Mass., candy factory, got their name when the son of founder Ben Stoehecker saw him putting white chocolate on a triangular piece of almond butter crunch and said it looked like a sailboat. With that observation, the fleet started to take shape.

Nearly 40 years later, Harbor Sweets is
run by Phyllis LeBlanc, a longtime employee. Phyllis started as a part-time chocolate dipper while she was in college, and she moved into various operational, financial and marketing roles while pursuing her master’s degree. When her mentor, Ben, was ready to retire, Phyllis took the captain’s chair. Under her watch, the company remains dedicated to the traditions that made Harbor Sweets what it is today, such as using only fresh butter and fresh cream, no preservatives, and only the finest chocolate.

The selections have grown—now there are unique equestrian-themed treats in addition to the nautically inspired sweets, for example. Yet the vibe of Harbor Sweets is refreshingly unchanged. The company ships its handmade goodies all over the country while remaining a friendly, fiercely independent treasure on the Salem waterfront.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Billie Phillips
    Billie Phillips

    Hello from the historic town of Salem, Massachusetts! We are honored to be today’s featured Grommet! At our seaside, red-bricked factory, each and every one of our chocolates is created with nothing but the best ingredients and is handcrafted with painstaking attention to detail. We love sharing our company’s story and look forward to our conversation!

  •  CB
    10/2/2012 11:49 AM

    Harbor Sweets are the best chocolates ever! Every time I get a chance to go to Salem, this is a must stop. From the greeter at the door with a tray full of sweets to being able to watch the candy being made, it's just a delightful little shop. The signature Sweet Sloops are awesome but if you want a real treat, pick up the ice cream toppings - Dark Chocolate sauce, Caramel Sauce and crushed up Sweet Sloop pieces - an absolutely perfect way to top a sundae! What a treat!

  • Billie Phillips
    Billie Phillips – Special Guest
    10/2/2012 12:09 PM

    @ CB

    Hi CB! We love reading that you enjoy the chocolates here at Harbor Sweets! And so pleased that you have visited our factory! We are really ramping up for the holidays. Please come and visit soon.

  • Muireann
    10/2/2012 12:15 PM

    Sweet Sloops have been our family holiday must-have since I lived across the harbor in Marblehead and took my family to visit the factory. Every year my father sent a box to each of us; when he died I picked up the tradition. It isn't Christmas without them!

  • Billie Phillips
    Billie Phillips – Special Guest
    10/2/2012 12:24 PM

    @Muireann Some of our favorite stories are about how our chocolates became part of families' traditions. Thank you including us in your's!

  •  WVan
    10/2/2012 12:31 PM

    @Muireann -- I used to work at the National Grand Bank- in Marblehead and that is where I was first introduced to Sweet Sloops and other delicious Harbor Sweets-- It was always a treat when a box or two were delivered at the holidays.

  •  Abby
    10/2/2012 12:59 PM

    this post made me cry. I used to bring my mother a box of Sand Dollars when I would come home for a visit -- I think I found them in a shop in NYC, or was it through an ad in the New Yorker? -- and she thought they were the most perfect chocolate treats ever made. She passed away in 1984, and I haven't thought of Sand Dollars since - until now, of course.

  • Billie Phillips
    Billie Phillips – Special Guest
    10/2/2012 1:20 PM

    @ Abby

    So happy Daily Grommet has rekindled this nice memory. You are right. Harbor Sweets did advertise in the New Yorker in its early years. We are still making Sand Dollars with the same delightful caramel, pecans and dark chocolate!

  •  Sue Sellers
    Sue Sellers
    10/2/2012 1:10 PM

    What do I pull up to find prices and different patterns?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    10/2/2012 1:23 PM

    @ Sue Sellers Hi Sue, can you see the box to the right of the video? There is a drop down menu for you there.

  •  Becca
    10/2/2012 1:33 PM

    I absolutely love Harbor Sweets! My mom sends me a bunny every Easter which perfectly combines all of the tasty insides into one piece. It makes it easier to choose which one to eat! Are there any exciting treats coming out for Christmas? Maybe I'll treat Mom to a chocolatey delight this time!

  • Billie Phillips
    Billie Phillips – Special Guest
    10/2/2012 1:40 PM

    @ Becca We are so glad to hear how much you enjoy our chocolates! The Gold Tower and the 4-Tiered Red Box featured here on the Daily Grommet are two of our Holiday selections this year.

  •  Tammy
    10/2/2012 2:36 PM

    Ahhhhh! Harbor Sweets! The absolute best chocolates ever! Plus a fantastic place to work. I remember the smell of them being made, when I worked upstairs in the office years and years ago!

  • Billie Phillips
    Billie Phillips – Special Guest
    10/2/2012 3:14 PM

    @ Tammy

    The divine aroma of chocolate, caramel and butter crunch still wafts to the second floor offices!

  •  Tammy
    10/2/2012 4:09 PM

    @Billie Phillips

    I STILL have the cute, original, one of a kind Vermont Teddy Bear dressed as a sailor, "Harbor Sweets" on the hat, a Sweet Sloop sailboat in one hand, and a little ditty bag in it's other hand....A very nice going away/thank you present....

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