More than 80 years ago, Harry London Chocolate Factory in North Canton began making the finest candies and chocolates in the Akron-Canton area. Harry London Candies offers over 500 sweets and chocolates throughout their Factory Store.
Harry London is the founder of the chocolate factory. As a child, he learned the techniques of making fine chocolates from his father, Gilbert London. The latter taught him the secrets of their family’s European traditions.
Harry London started making chocolates by giving them as a gift to his friends and family. Not long after, he started receiving requests and orders that he needed to quit his job at a steel mill factory]. So he started Harry London candies in 1922. In 1995, the factory moved to North Canton beside the Akron-Canton Regional Airport.
Throughout the years, the family recipe and tradition remained the same as they continue to use only the highest quality and purest ingredients. In 2006, the company was acquired by 1-800-FLOWER.COM for $85 million, including Fannie May and Fannie Farmer. And in the year 2017, Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc. and the Harry London chocolate brands were acquired by Ferrero International S.A. from 1-800-FLOWERS.com.
As visitors walk through the doors of the Factory Stores, they are greeted by an overwhelming scent of chocolate. Being the largest chocolate factory in the Midwest, visitors can savor over 500 varieties of delectable and fine chocolate selection. They can also indulge in chocolate samples from candy bars, gourmet pretzels, toffee, mocha melts, truffles, and much more offered along the tour. The Harry London chocolates are also sold online, at retail stores, and the Factory Store.
The factory offers an approximately 45-minute guided tour beginning with a short video and a walk through the timeline of the history of the Harry London Factory. It will then proceed to explore from high above the production floor. The tour includes a trip to the wedding party room, butterscotch and caramel kitchen, and the tank room where the chocolates are mixed.
After the tour, the guests are escorted to the largest chocolate retail store in the Midwest at 5,000 square feet.
As part of the current health and safety protocols, the Factory offers tours Monday-Thursday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the top of each hour through appointment only. It is mandatory for all tour participants to wear a mask, and group reservations are limited to 15 guests only. To make reservations call (800) 321-0444, Ext. 119. The factory tours are free and depart hourly, subject to the production schedule. Some areas are not at full working capacity during holidays, and their annual maintenance and inventory period during Monday, June 24th - Friday, July 5th.
Monday - Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm ET.
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm ET (seasonal Sunday hours may vary).
For more information or to make reservations, please call: (800) 321-0444, Ext. 119.
Get on I-77 S by heading south toward Lauby Rd.
Turn left onto Lauby Rd and use the 2nd from the left lane to turn left.
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-77 S/Canton and merge onto I-77 S. Follow I-77 S to Everhard Rd NW in Jackson Township.
Take exit 109 from I-77 S. Take Whipple Ave NW to Executive Cir NW.
Turn left onto Everhard Rd NW and right onto Whipple Ave NW.
Turn right onto Munson St NW and left onto Executive Cir NW where destination is on the left.
The Harry London Chocolate factory tour is a great experience for visitors in North Canton, Ohio. People of all ages are sure to enjoy it as it offers an up-close look at how chocolate is made. If you are ever in the North Canton, Ohio area, be sure to take the time to visit the Harry London Chocolate factory tour.