If it wasn't for the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901, there would be no Fowler's Chocolates
- at least in Buffalo NY. The founder of Fowler's, Joseph Fowler, came to Buffalo (from England and Canada) to attend the expo where he first began to sell his chocolate confections and sweets. Realizing that he had a major hit on his hands, Fowler quickly established himself in Buffalo as a premiere candy maker. It was his brother Claude who, while working at the family business, decided to branch out to making candied apples and taffy. To this day, Fowler's has become well known as a big Buffalo business that specializes in many of the original products that put the operation on the map from the start.
Although Fowler's Chocolates is recognized as a heavy hitting confectionary business that sells its sweets all over the world, it is their small satellite retail shop on Elmwood that has captured the hearts of many a Buffalonian. The candy and ice cream store first opened a few years ago across the street from the ever-popular Spot Coffee. Now Fowler's, under the current ownership of Randy and Ted Marks, is about to expand to a new location just a couple of doors down in the former Amy N Aimee Salon. Not only will the move greatly increase the size and presence of Fowler's on Elmwood, it will also allow for the ice cream bar to spread its wings. After all, the original Elmwood location was very small, and with all of the increased competition on the street, the expansion will allow Fowler's to do what it does best... supply Buffalo with loads of sweet tasting delights. Remember the days of the old Elmwood Soda Bar? That's the picture that I have floating around in my head.
While chocolate, taffy and ice cream lovers will rejoice over the latest expansion news, it is the sponge candy that has become a real hometown favorite for loyal followers. Regardless as to your preference when it comes to Fowler's' offerings, the hub of Elmwood is about to get an injection of chocolaty goodness that is sure to draw more people from the neighborhood and the Greater Buffalo area as a whole.