About Daffin's Candies

Daffin's Candies has gained a national name for its delectable milk and semi-sweet chocolate candy.

The original family store was started in 1903 by George Daffin in Woodsfield, Ohio. It was there that the Daffin legend was created through his eyes. After World War I George's son, Alec, moved the business to New Philadelphia, Ohio. After Alec Daffin passed away in 1936 the store moved to Canton, Ohio, where his son, Paul "Pete" Daffin, took over the operations of the store with the help of his mother Georgia Daffin. When the call came, Pete served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Italy and other parts of the European theater. Shortly after returning from the war, Pete decided to build his own store in Sharon. Backed with finesse in merchandising and a will to succeed, the small downtown store was born in 1949.

The shop also served as a factory for creating the delicious candy that made the Daffin's name famous. It was Pete Daffin, with the constant help of his wife, Jean, who launched the Daffin's Candies name to a new level. In 1962, with the help of a friend, they created their now famous Peter Rabbit - a solid chocolate Rabbit sold during the Easter season. Peter Rabbit was an immediate mouth-watering hit with the public. As demand for Daffin's candy soared, the couple moved their location to a larger 20,000 square-foot store in Sharon, which still serves as the flagship location. At the same time, they built a new 30,000 square-foot candy factory - yes, an honest to goodness candy factory. Since Sharon and Farrell sit close to Interstates 80 and 79 Daffin's store and Factory Shoppe have become must stops for travelers.

A brainchild of Pete Daffin was the Daffin's Chocolate Kingdom. The Chocolate Kingdom, located at the retail store in Sharon, includes large chocolate animals, two large castles, and an entire miniature village with chocolate houses and a train. Another fun family activity created by Mr. Daffin was Swizzle Stick Day. This event always takes place two weeks prior to Easter. On this day, an open house is held at the Farrell candy factory and visitors get to see how candy is created. Also, patrons get a free sample of a swizzle stick dipped in fresh candy filling coated with our creamy milk chocolate.

Today, in addition to the Sharon flagship location, Daffin's has retail stores in Greenville and Franklin Pennsylvania as well as a storefront at the Eastwood Mall in Niles, Ohio.  Daffin's Candies also supplies numerous Hallmark and specialty stores with their fine chocolate candy.