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Chocolate for your basket

Written by Gretchen McKay on

sarris collage2Pittsburghers have been filling their Easter baskets with homemade chocolate bunnies and eggs from Sarris Candies for more than 50 years.

If you wait until the very last minute, like I did, you can expect very long lines at the Mother Ship in Canonsburg. 

Unless you have an iron will, you also can expect to walk away with a lot more chocolate than you initially planned on buying. 

I went to the storefront at 511 Adams Ave. this morning with just one item on my Easter list: a 1-pound fruit and nut egg for my mother.  When I walked out of the store a half-hour and $91 later, my plastic shopping bag also held two bags of foiled chocolate eggs, a couple bags of jelly beans, a 1-pound chocolate meltaway egg for my raisin-averse father and two solid chocolate Easter bunnies for my son and his girlfriend. Oh, and a handful of chocolate basket stuffers in the shape of chicks, a cross, running shoes (my daughter runs track) and a unicorn. 

Almost all of them made it home.sarris castle

There's still time for the rest of you procrastinators to get some Sarris chocolate, too, as the store is open until 9 p.m. tonight, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow. (It's closed Sunday.) 

While you're there, be sure to check out the Sarris Chocolate Castle, which took 8 chocolatiers more than 2,000 hours over 3 months to create. Twelve feet tall and 8 feet long, it weighs in at 2,600 pounds and carries the princely pricetag of $130,000. 

The candy store also boasts an old-fashioned ice cream parlour complete with period-style chandeliers, brass booths and friendly service. I recommend the Kissing Cousins, which comes with two scoops of vanilla ice cream under a luscious blanket of hot fudge and butterscotch sauce . . . it just feels like spring!

Gretchen McKay photos

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