About Us

A Family Tradition Since 1946

Back in 1946, Jon L Stopay (Sto-pay), affectionately known as Papa Jon, started making a scrumptious confection consisting of a melt-in your-mouth peanut butter center covered in rich milk chocolate. News of these delectable candies spread and soon he had buyers from all over the Wyoming Valley.

He first opened a small store in Edwardsville. However, as his business grew he dreamt of opening a larger store. With Peanut Butter Chiffon as the signature product in 1979 Papa Jon, along with his wife Eva opened a larger store which continues to provide a wonderful selection for all candy lovers.

Our Commitment Remains the Same

To this day our candy is cooked daily in small batches and then hand dipped and hand packed so that every piece looks as good as it tastes, just like Papa Jon way back when. Molded chocolates and the special decorating are still done entirely by hand, and all candy is delicately packed and boxed by hand. Some people think our process is a lot of trouble, but it is the best way we know to guarantee you the same old-fashioned goodness that has made our candies a favorite treat since 1946. Our candies keep for quite a while with proper care.

We take pride in the quality of our confections and hope you enjoy eating them as much as we enjoy making them each and every day. If you received our candy as a gift and would like more information about our wide variety of candies, gift towers, baskets, custom orders, or shipping, please contact us or visit our store at 17 North River Street, Plains, PA 18705 or 570-823-3557.

Continuing Traditions

With the retirement of founder Papa Jon in 1992, his son, John, and daughter-in-law Mary Ann took over the business. They continued the hand crafted traditions that we all love about Stopay Candies. After more than 40 years, John and Mary Ann could no longer handle the day to day operations of the candy business. In September 2012, Jon and Mary Ann transferred the business to brothers Mark and Doug Young. Mark and Doug have made a commitment to keeping the Stopay Traditions alive while continuing to innovate for the modern candy customer.

Mark and Doug are committed to keeping the Wyoming Valley stocked with Peanut Butter Chiffon. They hope to gradually expand the reach of Peanut Butter Chiffon so that areas outside the Wyoming Valley can share in its delight. Today Stopay products can be shipped almost anywhere worldwide and found locally in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

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