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Harbor Sweets

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Harbor Sweets

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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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Discovered 10/2/2012

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Maker Story

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.