Our History

Sanborn’s Fine Candies, since 1957 – The first Chocolate Shop on the internet that allows you to create your very own, personalized, custom assortment of your favorite chocolates.

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

Our History – The first “Sanborn’s Fine Candies” was located in the basement of the Sanborn Family Home, in Plaistow, NH. The year was 1957. The business grew rapidly. Bill & 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.

Since it was a family business, all members contributed to the effort. There were three children in the family, Billie, Diana and Ted and work came first. The business grew beyond expectations. After serving in the Army, Ted came into the business and learned candy-making from his father.

In 1970, with the business rapidly growing, Billie, Diana & 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 Ted Jr. became the principle candy-maker & owner of both Sanborn’s Casino Candies and Sanborn’s Candies in Plaistow, NH.

After 55 years in Plaistow, 42 years at Hampton Beach and 29 years in the town of Hampton the members of the Sanborn family continue in the tradition of Jennie & Bill’s credo, only the very best ingredients; ie, the finest chocolate, fruits, nuts etc. will go into our candies. No preservatives, no artificial flavorings, no artificial colorings! All generations of our family take pride in the products we make. We continue in our promise to Jennie & Bill, To Make Them Proud!