A Century of Fine Chocolates
Fowler’s Chocolates, is the original and authentic Sponge Candy maker of Buffalo NY, proudly distributing fine confections such as Sponge Candy, Almond Butter Crunch, Sea Salt Caramels, Chocolate Covered Popcorn, Assorted Truffles, and more through its six retail locations in Western NY and an online store. In addition to availability in our retail outlets, Fowler’s Chocolates are available for corporate gifts, weddings, and Fundraising for any individual or organization.
The story of Fowler’s Chocolate Shoppe, Inc. began in 1901 with a young entrepreneur by the name of Joseph A. Fowler. After living in England and Canada, Joseph traveled to Buffalo, NY in order to attend the Pan American Exposition. At the exposition, he created and sold a small variety of chocolate confections and sweets. The instant acceptance of his products, along with great encouragement from his patrons, inspired Joseph to pursue candy making as a career. With his brother, Claude, Joseph opened a small candy store in Buffalo.
In 1910, Claude decided to start his own business, concentrating on the making of taffy and candied apples, and catered to carnivals, fairs and other public gatherings. Claude passed away in 1942, but three generations of his family have carried on his taffy business, now prominent in most carnivals and fairs in the western New York area.
Joseph A. Fowler passed away in 1944, yet succeeding generations have continued the chocolate business that he began nearly a century ago. Joseph’s sons, Joseph C. Fowler and Ray Fowler, carried on the business and were responsible for the success and growth of the company throughout the ’50s and early ’60s. In 1961, Joseph C. Fowler’s son, Roy, joined the corporation, and in 1968, Fowler’s Chocolate moved its operations to a 10,000 square foot building. This new facility enabled the company to double its gross sales.
In 1993, the company was purchased by Buffalo residents Randy and Ted Marks. At that time, the business had greatly expanded and had outgrown its old location. The company was relocated to its current address at 100 River Rock Drive in Buffalo.
The Original Fowler’s Chocolate Company, Inc. proudly distributes its products through seven retail store locations in western New York. In addition to availablity in our retail outlets, Fowler’s Chocolates products are available for Corporate Gifts, as well as Fundraising for any individual or organization.