Bradford Chocolate Factory to open this week

Chocolatier Bob Pascarella has created many sweet creations over the past two decades and will oversee the custom chocolate operation within the Bradford Chocolate Factory.

Greg Ross, Tim Gigliotti, and Bob Pascarella, owners of the Bradford Chocolate Factory have completed the Bradford Chocolate Factory project, and will hold the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.

Bradford Mayor Tom Riel and Main Street Manager Anita Dolan along with other local dignitaries will be on hand. A special guest, the granddaughter of Deselle’s Candies, will be on hand with photos and stories of Deselle’s Candies, which was a Bradford landmark for several decades.

The Bradford Chocolate Factory, McKean County’s largest confectionary store, is located at 72 Main St., at the intersection with Chestnut Street, in the downtown historic district.

The Bradford Chocolate Factory has a 25-foot wall of nostalgic candy from the 1940s through the 1990s. Hundreds of treats including old-fashioned sponge candy, creamy fudge, chocolates, rock candy, and the famous hot roasted nuts from Deselle’s Candies will be available.

Visitors will be able to register for hourly giveaways and the grand prize of chocolate for a year.

Coco the bear will be on hand with some sample treats, and people can get their picture taken with the 8-foot-tall bear. Check out the Coco Cam on, which will record live at the event.

Bradford’s love of chocolate goes back well over 100 years with such shops as The Sugar Bowl, The Palace of Sweets, The Greek-American Confectionary Co., Goodie Shop, Betty Dixon Candy, Deselle’s Candies and The Candy Kitchen at St Francis of Assisi.