Our History

Sanborn’s Fine Candies, since 1957 – The first Chocolate Shop on the internet where you could create your very own assortment of your favorite chocolate selections.

Sanborn’s Fine Candies Voted “Seacoast’s Best Candy Shop” was awarded as having the best Dark Chocolate in the State of NH.

Our History – “Sanborn’s Fine Candies” opened in the basement of the Sanborn family home in Plaistow, NH in 1957. The business grew rapidly. Bill and Jennie Sanborn believed the best advertising was “word of mouth.” Confident in their beliefs, only the finest ingredients, no preservatives, artificial flavorings or artificial colorings were used.

Being a family business, all members contributed. The three children Billie, Diana and Ted helped the business grow beyond expectations. After serving in the Army, Ted came into the business and learned candy-making from his father.

In 1970, Billie, Diana and Ted opened “Sanborn’s Casino Candies”, as a seasonal business on the boardwalk of the Casino building at Hampton Beach, N.H. Then in 1983 Billie and her husband (Bob Cooper) opened Sanborn’s Fine Candies in the Town of Hampton, N.H.

In 1987 Diana married and moved to Bangor, ME. Soon after, she and her stepson opened another Sanborn’s Fine Candies. Unfortunately, family matters resulted in the closure of the Bangor store in 2001. Meanwhile Ted Jr., Bill’s grandson, came into the family business and upon Ted Sr’s retirement became the principle candy-maker and owner of both Sanborn’s Casino Candies and Sanborn’s Candies in Plaistow, NH.

After 57 years in Plaistow, 45 years at Hampton Beach and 31 years in the town of Hampton the members of the Sanborn family continue in the tradition of producing the very best product using the finest ingredients. All generations of our family take pride in the products we make and continue the tradition established by Jennie and Bill.