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  • “i flew there, and backpacked the entire area in the time span they took to deliver my sweets.” in 8 reviews

  • “The shop out the front has a vast array of sweets of all shapes, sizes and colours while out the back is the kitchen where it all is made.” in 4 reviews

  • “Visitors get to have a go too, but be warned, anyone with long hair must wear a hair net, even the boys.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    16/10/2013

    Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory in Belfast was such a treat! Visited your delightful fun store/factory in mid September 2013 and purchased £23.50 (20 lolly's in the shape of a shamrock to bring back as treats) and  unbelievable chocolate honeycomb which ended up being my lunch and dinner that day.
    I spent a month traveling in Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland and believe me, I visited and enjoyed many hand made chocolate shops (and 50+ pubs) and your candy was #1 based an my taste buds!!!
    Cheers!

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/3/2011
    Listed in Insulin Spike.

    Happy St. Paddy's Day:
    I have recently started watching "Sons of Anarchy" based solely on the fact that there are Irish Brogues everywhere ( a la the gang from Belfast). And it takes me back-the rain, the green, the freezing cold weather, the way vowels roll off their tongues as if dripped in rubies, everything.  

    So it's been 1+ year since I've gone back, so come Aunt Sandras. A Giant box of confectioneries arrived  from an old friend  (the owner of this little shop).

    This was definitely not the industrially made Snickers bars served from cold vending machines i was used to.  My package consisted of: Shamrock lollies, fudge, honeycomb, a belfast loli, boiled sweets, chocolate, macaroons, etc....things that for the most part could survive the trek.

    I just wish that I had a chance to visit the shop and take the tour when I was there. next time =/.  i'll definitely tell my dad to stop by when he is back in town.

    So to keep this review somewhat useful (we US yelp elites are notorious for spouting irrelevant crap all the time), "Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory is nationally renowned as one of the finest purveyors of hand made chocolates, fudge and boiled sweets,"  according to a tourist site.  Everything is handmade with traditional, family recipes. There are tours offered, and the shop itself is located on a street with plenty of other shops, restaurants, etc.  It's also pink so you can't miss it.  They do farmers markets, special orders, and also ship everywhere! But be aware, the Royal post is slow as f*ck. i flew there, and backpacked the entire area in the time span they took to deliver my sweets.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/5/2010
    First to Review

    Whoever thought of the business idea for Aunt Sandra's is a genius - I wish it had been me.  On our first visit last week, I think I enjoyed this place even more than the children did.  We went as part of a birthday party and all had a great time.

    Aunt Sandras is an old fashioned sweetie shop and factory combined.  You can book a tour of the whole operation for about £4 each or just rock up to the shop to buy some old fashioned goodies.

    While they call it a factory, don't go expecting an industrial scale production line.  This is small scale, more of a workshop really but still hugely enjoyable.  The tour lasts about and hour an includes the owner actually making the sugar mixture and hand rolling and stretching it to make old favs like rhubarb rock.  Visitors get to have a go too, but be warned, anyone with long hair must wear a hair net, even the boys.  Number two son was mortified.

    Of course after that, you will be drooling for a mouthful of sugar so when you reach the shop you'll be ready to buy.  The sweets are measured out into old fashioned paper bags and there are all your childhood greats like cherry drops, fudge,  ad raspberry macaroons.  

    I can't imagine how anyone could go to Aunt Sandra's and not enjoy it, or not come home with at least 4 bags of sweets.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/8/2010

    Much like the other reviewer's here, this is a place that I have always looked at( with that paint job, its not hard to!), but I havent actually been there untill a few months ago, but I am very glad that I did!

    The store has a wide range of chocolate and sweet products that almost demand that you lose all self restraint and start eating those sweets as if you want to try and give yourself diabetes within a week!Personal favourites of mine were the Chocolate dipped honeycomb, whilst my brother and girlfriend loved

    The tour was a worthwhile experience, and reasonably priced, as it gave us the chance to see how the operation worked: this isnt a faceless industrial monster, it is a small family run business where the people are genuinely passionate about what they are producing.
    Much like the other reviewer's here, this is a place that I have always looked at( with that paint job, its not hard to!), but I havent actually been there untill a few months ago, but I am very glad that I did!

    The store has a wide range of chocolate and sweet products that almost demand that you lose all self restraint and start eating those sweets as if you want to try and give yourself diabetes within a week!Personal favourites of mine were the Chocolate dipped honeycomb, whilst my brother and girlfriend loved the bon bons!

    The tour was a worthwhile experience, and reasonably priced, as it gave us the chance to see how the operation worked: this isnt a faceless industrial monster, it is a small family run business where the people are genuinely passionate about what they are producing.

    Prices are higher than a bag of sweets from a normal shop, but I feel that is fair and to be expected due to the hand crafted nature of everything.

    To sign off, I was indeed one of those poor male souls who had to adorn a hair net for trying to make things, and I thought I pulled it off with great panache!

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/7/2010
    Listed in Culture Vultures

    Despite having lived in east Belfast all my life, I had never ever been to this delightful sweet shop. Shock horror. That was until last week, when I dragged my younger sister to Aunt Sandra's in order to satisfy my ever-growing sweet tooth. The next visit to the dentist isn't going to be a pretty one...

    Located on the Castlereagh Road, this shop / factory is a mere 10 minute drive from the city centre. It's shocking pink exterior makes this sweetie shop unmissable. Literally. Established in 1953, it maintains every inch of its originality...quaintness is not the word. Walls brimming with a huge variety of sweets, cute bags of Aunt Sandra's delectable chocolate treats and Northern Irish edible candy souvenirs in the shape of red hands, situated of course next to the shamrocks. Oh, the Northern Irish do have a fabulous sense of humour.

    I can particularly recommend 'Aunt Sandra's Hand Made Milk Chocolate Honeycombe Pieces' and 'Aunt Sandra's Chocolate Smarty Pies', and if you are unsure of what to go for, the staff are so helpful that they won't mind answering queries. The prices are a bit higher that what I have previously paid in sweet shops, but hey, I didn't really mind. It's part of the experience!

    Although entry to the shop is free, the factory tour is £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children, and they run every day, as well as evenings and weekends...just ensure you book! We didn't go on the tour, but I have a feeling that you won't be disappointed!

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/11/2012

    I mainly love this place because David the owner I amazing!! He's a bottle of fun and jokes with tons of amazing candy! There is also ice cream. I'm not a big fan of the milkshake, but that's because Irish milkshake is more watery and not think like the Americans. I would recommend comin here is you have a sweet tooth or are in the mood for something sweet.

    • Qype User Kingbl…
    • Belfast
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    • 53 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    Over priced sweets. Fun for kids but the sugar laden produce is not good for anyone.

    Staff friendly and the place seems to do good business.

    But give them fruit instead !!

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/7/2010

    I'm only now realising that this popular little vintage sweet shop in St George's Market also has a full shop in Belfast!

    I stumbled around the market a few weeks ago and got talking to the owner. Certainly one of the friendliest people I've met at the market yet. He explained how they've been open for over 50 years and make all their sweets themselves.

    The range is vast, from honeycomb dipped chocolate to jellied sweets of all shapes and sizes. It's all very traditional and quaint and certainly something younger children would have a field day with.

    • Qype User Amelia…
    • Belfast
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/5/2013

    Ooh I Love sweets! This place is heaven for me!!

    • Qype User Claire…
    • Belfast
    • 0 friends
    • 49 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    This is like the Belfast version of willy wonka! The shop out the front has a vast array of sweets of all shapes, sizes and colours while out the back is the kitchen where it all is made. I took a group of guides here to see how to make the sweets and try lots of samples - they really enjoyed it - as did i. Good activity for kids and i think it was free or at least really cheap.

    • Qype User jennyb…
    • Belfast
    • 4 friends
    • 31 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    8/3/2011

    stepping into this shop always brings me back to my childhood i absolutely love it and they make the best candy apples in the world and yellow man and cinnamon/apple drops i could go on. love love love it

    • Qype User Pinker…
    • Bushmills, Moyle
    • 2 friends
    • 17 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/9/2008

    Love this place. You can go in the back and watch the men making the candies, then you get a free sample. The have all kinds of home made treats like chocs, candies and honeycomb. The staff are all very friendly and like to have a joke and a carry on with you. Highly recommended

    • Qype User edishe…
    • Belfast
    • 5 friends
    • 72 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    16/5/2011

    this place sells lovely candy and it sells it at reasonable prices.

    • Qype User bommer…
    • Belfast
    • 4 friends
    • 13 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/1/2012

    excellent prices. most sweets are made instore.

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