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When you think of “Philadelphia” foods, what comes to your mind? Those classic cheese-steaks, mouth-watering Italian hoagies, and perfectly salted pretzels are just a few of Philly’s claim to fame, but here’s another idea for you to munch on – sugar.

PHL 17’s Lauren Intindoli Medina visited “Oh, Sugar!”, an exhibit dedicated to Philadelphia’s candy manufacturing history, to get the inside scoop on this city’s sweet story.

Brought to you by the brothers behind Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery, Eric and Ryan Berley are the curators behind this sugar-coated exhibition. Located in the 2nd floor community gallery of the Independence Seaport Museum, “Oh Sugar!” traces the magical transformation sugar took from cane to candy. More than 100 artifacts from the Berley’s collection of confectionery machinery and molds transport visitors to the beginning of our love of sugar in Colonial Philadelphia.

An exhibit suitable for anyone with a sweet tooth, both young and young at heart, children can play candy maker in an old-time candy kitchen while other treats are also available to be purchased. Visitors can make a stop at the vintage candy counters, complete with a working gumball machine or stop by the gift shop stocked with candy from Shane Confectionery.

The exhibit is open until Valentine’s Day 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.phillyseaport.org/OhSugar

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