Welcome to the Wilbur Chocolate Store! We believe that chocolate is not just to be eaten, it is to be experienced!
A sweet, historic brand iconic to the downtown Lititz shopping area, Wilbur Chocolate has a new location – right across the street from the former store. Parking, easy access, and a better shopping experience await guests. But, more importantly, the smell of chocolate from the candy kitchen greets you while you enjoy a free chocolate sample! Watch candy makers creating confectionery favorites and enjoy interesting displays of tins, packaging, equipment, and more from days gone by. You will find a large variety of chocolate specialties, signature Wilbur Buds, and beautifully packaged gifts to buy! A great place for the entire family to visit.
Wilbur Chocolate is one of five chocolate and cocoa powder brands owned and operated today by Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate North America. Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate produces hundreds of millions of pounds of chocolate and related ingredients each year that are shipped to manufacturers of the confectionery, dairy and bakery industries in North America. The chocolate we produce from the cocoa bean is used as ingredient(s) in finished consumer products. Many of these finished products can be found every day on grocery store shelves and have household brand names. In addition, a wide variety of chocolate and confectionery treats may be purchased in our Candy Americana Store and Museum in Lititz, Pa., or shipped directly to your door through our mail-order department or on-line via our ecommerce store.
Henry O. Wilbur began his career in candy in 1865 in Philadelphia, Pa., partnering with confectioner Samuel Croft to produce primarily molasses candies and hard candies. In 1884, they separated their business. H.O. Wilbur & Sons turned into a manufacturer of cocoa and high-quality chocolate. Mr. Croft continued his side of the confectionery/candy making business under the name of Croft & Allen.
By 1913, larger quarters were needed by Wilbur. A five-story building in Lititz, Pa., was built between two original factories existing at the location. In the years after moving from Philadelphia to Lititz, several corporate mergers and sales of the company took place. Finally, in 1992, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate acquired the Wilbur Chocolate Company as part of their food ingredient sourcing, manufacture and supply portfolio of high quality cocoa and chocolate products.