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You can spot them right off 495 heading south: a giant Halloween cat, creepy Frankenstein and a pumpkin man in an air balloon. During holiday seasons, these themed inflatable characters are what entice passersby and locals alike to stop in and enjoy one of Bolton’s finest treasures: Colonial Candies!
Colonial Candies is not just for kids. It’s a tradition for everyone to enjoy, especially during holiday occasions. But it’s not just the chocolate that drives people into this gem of a candy store that represents traditions of an era gone by.
You won’t find many locally owned and operated Candy and Chocolate stores as big and expansive as Colonial Candies. Owners Grace and Richard Hebert take pride in keeping their vintage candy store alive and thriving by enticing as many people as possible to come and experience and enjoy it.
Every year at Halloween, Easter and Christmas, the Heberts deck the outside of Colonial Candies with a dozen inflatables and inside the store with decorations that are hand-picked and some even hand-made by Grace and staff over the years.
Halloween Figure at Colonial Candies by Pizzuti Studios Photography
Each year, the Herberts also add to their décor and inflatable collections. This year’s addition was a 20-foot inflatable black cat facing the highway, which so far has proved to be a successful investment.
“It took a few years for the inflatable decorations to really start drawing people in,” says Grace. “But now they bring in a variety of people daily and it’s become a tradition for many to stop in.”
The Colonial Candies store offers penny candy and candy under $1 all the way up to more elaborate chocolates and gift baskets. But the Hebert’s goal is to keep the candy store accessible so that everyone, no matter how much money they spend or have, can enjoy it.
Colonial Candies Chocolates by Pizzuti Studios Photography
“For kids we have lots of novelty items such as growing Halloween characters, jewelry, stuffed animals, toys, hand-packaged Halloween themed candy and for adults we have candleholders, jewelry, Halloween hats, hair gems and serving items for food,” says Grace. “We pretty much have everything for anyone of any age.”
Colonial Candies also offers items for wholesale, fundraising and wedding favors. Another popular choice is the “Candy Camp,” a custom party for more than 10 that includes dipping your favorite chocolate treats and a sundae bar all for only $11 per person.
Colonial Candies Interior by Pizzuti Studios Photography
To experience all that Colonial Candies offers, you really have to come in and experience it. Words don’t do justice to the detail and variety presented on each shelf.
Better yet, you’ll get the chance to enjoy a true small-town gem that still offers quality in all price ranges for an array of customers, a tradition that Richard and Grace have worked hard to keep alive in Bolton. For info on locations and hours, click here. Keep up with what’s happening at Colonial Candies on Facebook.
Lysa Miller is a Massachusetts-based writer whose work covers notable local businesses around the state. Follow her on Twitter @LadyBugzInc.