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A new candy, ice cream shop opens in Harmar with an old time feel

September 30, 2018
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Oh How Sweet It Is! Local ice cream and chocolate shop offers waffle cones made on the spot, chocolate treats and an endless variety of candies to satisfy any sweet tooth. Customers are greeted by Ralph Wyant, owner of the shop, located on Freeport Road in Cheswick. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review

Robert Wyant lives the sweet life and wants to bring people back to the old-time candy and ice cream shop.

It’s that feeling of nostalgia and a spoonful of sugar that brought the Harmarville resident about a mile from home to Harmar to start a business.

Oh How Sweet It Is opened in July at 1331 Freeport Road next to the Harmar House.

“It’s kind of giving back to the community,” said Wyant. “There’s always a new insurance agency opening up in town. There’s always a bar changing their name to another bar name. Nothing (like this) has opened up in these towns in 20-some years. It’s something that I have to offer, like a niche that people can bring their children in and show them around. Parents have their own stories about coming into a candy shop when they were a kid.”

Wyant, 45, worked as a vendor for Fudgie Wudgie Fudge Co. for about three years prior to opening up shop.

Some of the sweets that bring back memories include Razzles, Bottle Caps, Charleston Chew, Pearson’s bun bars, and Bonomo Turkish taffy.

“A lot of this candy is hard to find,” Wyant said. “You won’t see them in many big box stores. ... It just takes them back to a better time.”

The shop also offers a variety of Albanese Candy products including several sugar free gummy options.

With more than 100 different chocolate options such as covered pretzels, peanuts, cherries and bacon, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. That’s right, bacon.

“It’s not just cheap bulk candy,” Wyant said. “It’s premium candy. We sell it all at one price so people can buy as much or as little as they like. They can mix and match. We offer samples of all these products as well.”

Wyant makes waffle cones fresh daily to go along with hard ice cream from Ashby’s Sterling in Michigan. He rotates 12 out of 75 ice cream flavors every few weeks so there’s usually something different.

The shop is a little more than 1,300 square feet with indoor seating. Nearly every item for sale is made in the United States, which includes drinks from Evan City-based Marburger Farm Dairy.

Grandma Jack’s Gourmet Popcorn is also sold there for people without a candy crush.

This story has been corrected to start that Oh How Sweet It Is is in Harmar.

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