Our Retail Store
Welcome to our candy store & kitchens! Come on in to our bricks and mortar store in South Buffalo to get our Sponge Candy (and other candies, too) right from the source. And while you’re here, if you see something you haven’t tried before, don’t be shy about asking for a sample. Roll down the page to see our map.
It’s the BIG SALE!
Factory Outlet Days! All our chocolates 40% to 60% off. Sponge candy, chocolate drizzled popcorn, clusters, and much more. Many candies are made fresh just for the sale because it has become such a big event over the years. Hurry in for the best selection because when it’s all gone, we close for the season.
Begins Monday, May 11
Monday thru Friday
9a to 7p
Ends Saturday, May 16th
9a to 5p
or when the candy is gone!
Keeping your chocolates* into the summer
*bought at our BIG SALE
So you bought a stack of our chocolates and you've gifted everyone you can think of? If you intend to consume your chocolates in the next several weeks to a month, you need only to follow two simple rules for chocolate storage:
1. Keep away from all odors. Even good odors taste bad when absorbed by chocolate, so avoid them all. For example: mothballs, gasoline, perfume, cigarette smoke, cedar, spices, sachets, etc.
2. Normal room temperature is fine for short term storage. If you're hot, so are your chocolates. Keep your chocolates away from heat sources and sun light.
If you intend to squirrel away your chocolates in order to weather our four month down time, you'll want to consider some of the following tips:
The primary rule is odor free storage. Refrigerators usually don't qualify because of the many food odors. Plastic wraps or plastic containers will not totally exclude food odors and some plastic containers have embedded food odors. Beverage-only refrigerators that are odor free have been found to work very well. Freezers often work very well when the chocolates are double sealed to protect from freezer burn and condensation when defrosting.
Separate your chocolates into portions that you are likely to consume quickly. Warm summer temperatures can quickly cause rancidity in some of the confections and high relative humidity will collapse Sponge Candy centers.
Double wrap everything in an air-tight manner. If you use plastic containers, check them for residual food odors and consider wrapping the chocolates inside the the container..
Don't store your peppermint or orange chocolates with any other chocolates because the flavors will transfer.
When you remove your chocolates from the freezer or refrigerator, let them come to room temperature before opening the air tight wrappings or containers. You don't want the moisture in the air to condense on the cold chocolates and ruin their appeal.
The following candies freeze very well when following the above points: plain chocolate, creams, butter crunch, caramels, jellies, clusters, marshmallow, nuts and fruits.
Sponge Candy and chocolate drizzled popcorn are best consumed in the next few weeks to a month instead of freezing or refrigerating and follow the two simple rules for chocolate storage above. Some customers have reported having no issues with freezing these candies when paying strict attention to the tips above.
Made in WNY: Sponge Candy
Buffalo's BusinessFirst paid a visit to Ko-Ed Candies today! There's a video and transcript at the link Made in WNY: Sponge Candy.
Since 1947, Ko-Ed Candies has been creating some of the finest Chocolate Confections the WNY area has to offer. It started with Ed Kolher & Theodora Edington, purchased by Charlie & Phyllis Whitt in 1969, and then purchased by Mr. Whitt’s son Gary and his wife Sandy in 1985. The three families have kept that fine tradition of superior Chocolate Confections that we’ve all come to love for over 67 years.
Since 1938, Platter’s Chocolates has had that same fine tradition of superior Chocolate Confections in the Tonawandas. Carl and his wife Vera made their recipes in the basement of their home and Mrs. Platter would actually go door to door in the neighborhood selling their famous ‘Orange Chocolates’. As business grew, Mr. & Mrs. Platter purchased the home next door, kept the basement, rented the upstairs and dug a tunnel under the driveway connecting both basements (during a time when people were allowed to do whatever it took) with production in one and the store in the other. The Platters have since retired and the business was purchased in 1971 by Roger & Robbie Urban. In 1977 Roger & Robbie moved Platter’s into a building of its own at 954 Oliver Street in North Tonawanda. Roger passed in 1993, however Robbie and the Urban children still own the business with three of the four siblings are in the building and working every day.
So why the history lesson? This year Gary and Sandy Whitt have decided to retire. The Chocolate community in WNY is small and friendly, and we’ve known the Whitts professionally for years. Gary tells us that Roger helped him out with a few things when he first purchased Ko-Ed as a young man in 1986. We have always admired the Whitt’s attention to detail and relationship with the South Buffalo community. It mirrored our values and relationship with our customers here ‘up North’. That being said, we were NOT looking for expansion; we were happy as things were. However, after meeting with the Whitt’s, we decided that if we were going to purchase Ko-Ed, the only way to “make it work, is to let it work”. In other words; DON’T CHANGE A THING!
Let us go on record that we purchased Ko-Ed because of who they are, the quality of their Chocolates, AND the South Buffalo community. You just don’t go into a neighborhood like South Buffalo and undo nearly 70 years worth of tradition. The neighborhood wouldn’t stand for it; that’s what makes you all so special. We’ve retained just about everything – from the recipes to the awesome staff. Even though our family has been in the business of making Chocolate for over 40 years, we respect that recipes and special practices vary so Gary & Sandy are delaying their ‘full’ retirement to hand hold us through the entire transition. This was an instrumental point from both sides during our negotiations.
What can you expect? We like to say that it’s not going to be “in lieu of” but “in addition to”. In other words, NO CHANGES to existing recipes that you know and love, however, we will offer additional indulgences & gifts for your enjoyment. For the upcoming holidays, we’re even going to bring back some of the Ko-Ed retired favorites such as Peanut Butter Smoothie, Chocolate Melt-A-Way Fudge, and the famous Cupie Doll!
Don’t worry South Buffalo; you’re in good hands and we can’t wait to meet you!
Voted the best Sponge Candy in Buffalo!
Buffalo Spree 2014 Best of WNY Winner for best Sponge Candy!!! About that last line, don't worry about our Sponge Candy going away or changing because we've found our perfect replacement to carry on the tradition.
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