Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chacona's Chocolate Box

Chacona's candy and chocolate store was located between 7th and 8th (closer to 7th) on State Street in Erie, PA. Owner George P. Chacona opened his first store, the Erie Sugar Bowl, on October 15, 1893 at 810 State St., just eight years after coming to America with his brother Spero Chacona. In 1917 the store moved to 712 State St., where it remained until 1930, when the store moved to the ground floor of the Ariel Building. Mr. Chacona, who was born in Greece, also had stores in Ashtabula and Conneaut, OH. Chacona's became known for its hand-pulled taffy, homemade candies, chocolates, fudge and caramels. Eleven children of George and Anna Chacona were involved in the family business. 

After Chacona's closed, the building became the Carriage House Restaurant.

One of my relatives gave me a box of negatives years ago, which I had put in a bigger box with photos and other negatives. I didn't think much about it until I was looking for a picture and rediscovered the Chacona's box. I wonder if this box was a Valentine's Day gift ages ago.

Enjoy more fun and fascinating facts about Erie, Pennsylvania at: Old Time Erie


  1. In the late 60's, used to drop in for a bite of lunch here, too!

  2. My friends and I used to go there for lunch now and then, it was always yummy! We also never left there without some of their delicious chocolate!
    You know, there are times we wish we could go back in time to recapture some of those good times!