Easter is quickly approaching on Sunday, April 17, 2022, and you don't want to forget to pick up some chocolate to enjoy. As you are doing your Easter shopping, consider buying from local businesses. The great thing about Buffalo is that you can shop locally and get some amazing chocolate candies. If you wonder why we eat candy for Easter, it apparently has to do with the end of fasting for Lent.

Easter takes place at the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and contemplation for Christians. Fasting was a bit more intense in the medieval world. Meat and animal products (including eggs and dairy) would have been off-limits for all of Lent for most people. Once Easter hit, people would celebrate with a feast.

There are quite a few highly-rated chocolatiers around town, here are 7 of them (ranked in no particular order):

1. Parkside Candy - 4.6 Stars

Parkside is located at 3208 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, and they even offer curbside pick-up on advance orders. Parkside offers a variety of chocolate bunnies for Easter. They also have taffy, caramels, chocolate-covered popcorn, and other chocolate and candies. You can visit their product page here.

Parkside Candy has been a part of Buffalo’s history since the company was founded in 1927. Creators of homemade chocolates, old-fashioned lollipops, an infamous old fashion ice cream parlor, and their signature confection, sponge Candy – all bring a feeling of home and nostalgia with each delicious bite.

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2. Ko-Ed Candies - 4.9 Stars

It is located at 285 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220. Ko-Ed offers chocolate bunny suckers for Easter, chocolate minis, and chocolate-covered Easter pretzels. You can take a look at its product page here.

Google local guide Fred Dains says in his review,

If somehow you're a Buffalo-native and you don't know about Ko-Ed Candies, what in the world have you been doing, living under a rock?! This is the single best candy store I've ever been in. The candy always looks awesome and tastes even better, and there's a darn-good reason they're famous for their sponge candy! It's simply the best around. We even go here just to get candy to send to family members in other states because they miss it so much. Seriously, if you haven't been there yet, get there YESTERDAY! You absolutely will not be disappointed!

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3. Chocolate Shop - 4.8 Stars

If you're on the west side, check out Chocolate Shop, located at 871 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213. It's not your ordinary candy store though. They do custom orders and provide bulk chocolate for businesses and organizations. But, for Easter you can order individual huge chocolate bunnies. Check out the big bunny page page here.

4. Blue Table Chocolates - 4.9 Stars

Located at 44 Brayton Street, Suite B, Buffalo, NY 14213, Blue Table has a variety of truffles, including vegan options. It offers a beautiful Easter egg,

Celebrate the Easter season with our hand painted chocolate Easter Eggs. Available in either mik or dark chocolate shells, and filled with limted edition dragees, PB&J Puffs (Peanut butter cereal coated in milk chocolate with dried raspberry powder) and caramelized coconut almonds coated in dark chocolate). We are also offering Vegan/Dairy-Free eggs, containing our dark chocolate covered sourdough pretzel bites.

You can shop its collection here.

Google local guide Nida Khawaja, who left a 5-star review, said,

Hands down the best chocolate shop in Buffalo and maybe the only one. High quality chocolate, beautiful boutique shop and great customer service. Completely obsessed with their gourmet selection of treats. Comes in an elegant box, very well packaged and so perfect for gifts. Highly recommend Blue Table Chocolates!!!!

5. Watson's Chocolates - 4.8 Stars

Its located at 738 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222. Watson's has chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and even pre-made Easter baskets. You'll find all of the options it offers here.

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6. Mike's Homemade Candies - 4.9 Stars

Mike's is located at 2110 Clinton Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14206. It has sponge candy, chocolate bark, chocolate coconut clusters, and more. Take a look at all of the options here.

In 1962, Mike saved enough money to rent and buy used equipment and furnishings for a candy shop/ice cream parlor in Buffalo. The store slowly grew through the1960's. During this time Mike perfected his various recipes for caramel, nougat, creams, marshmallow and his famous sponge candy. In 1969, Mike and Anna moved to a store in Cheektowaga, New York. They named it Mike's Candy Shop.

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7. The Sweet Whisk - 4.9 Stars

It is located at 27 Chandler Street Suite 315, Buffalo, NY 14207. The Sweet Whisk has chocolate bonbons, including a cheesecake flavor option. You can also gift someone with classes from The Sweet Whisk. You can take a look at the choices here.

Google local guide Jacob Wixom said in his review,

First time buyers and we didn't make it out of the parking lot without eating 4 of 6 candies. Theses are beautiful homemade chocolates with great flavors! The entire staff was friendly and very helpful. Highly recommend checking them out.

A bonus option is Niagara Chocolates, which has a 4.1-star rating on Google.

Niagara Chocolates is located at 3470 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. They offer fundraising opportunities for groups that might be looking to sell Easter chocolates.

Giving back to the community is one of our missions at Niagara Chocolates. Each year we help local schools and organizations raise millions of dollars to support programs of all types, and make dreams possible. We look forward to continue giving back to the community, and being the best chocolate company in Buffalo!

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