Forty years ago Jim Cerreta Sr. founded Cerreta Candy Company, located in downtown Glendale, Arizona. The family run business involves all four of Jim’s sons, doing everything from making the delicious confections to handling the sales to the local grocery stores and in house store. Even the wives are involved giving daily tours to the public and the fourth generation of sons are learning the trade too.
If you have never tried a piece of Cerreta Candy you are missing out. They are fantastic and what makes it even better is that they are a locally made product. They make everything from caramels to peanut brittle and even some sugar free options are available. One of their more popular chocolates is the French Mint Truffle, so good! I am partial though to anything with peanut butter and chocolate which they do wonderfully as well. They offer boxed chocolates and gift baskets, perfect for gift giving around the holidays or for special occasions or a just because kind of gift!
You can come and enjoy a tour of the factory and get so see first hand how they make their wonderful chocolates and other goodies. Guided tours are about 30 minutes and are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. If you have a large group of 30 or more you should call ahead for arrangements. I have gone to Cerreta’s with my kids and they have gotten to make their own chocolate “pizza” creation. It was so much fun and they loved seeing how the chocolates are made. Cerreta’s is now offering a Chocolate Tasting tour which is $5.00 for adults, you can get to see the chocolate being made and participate in a tasting, and if you have the kids with you, they can make their chocolate “pizza” ( additional fee) which they just love and at the end you get $2.50 voucher for free candy.
If you can’t make it to Cerreta’s store location then perhaps the next time you are in AJ’s Fine Foods or your local Safeway, Fry’s or Basha’s you will see their display. They sell their chocolates at other smaller retail shops around the valley too! Cerreta’s makes great corporate gifts, they also can do wedding favors and if you are a business that would like to carry their products you can buy wholesale. They also can do fundraising candy bars, perfect for a school fundraiser!
So next time you need a chocolate fix or a unique gift idea that is made right in our home state, check out Cerreta’s Candy Company, you won’t be disappointed!
Cerreta Candy Company
5345 West Glendale Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85301
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm