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A taste of candy and heritage in the Mahoning Valley

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Four different chocolate companies in The Valley have been making sweet treats for years. Each has their own family recipes but one who makes their home in Struthers shared with us the original recipe for their success.

"The recipes have stayed the same," says John Giannios, president of Giannios Candy Company. "When he was writing, he would fade in and out from Greek to English. So he was doing both. But my aunts could read it, so they were able to translate it for me."

The Giannios family isn't the only chocolate expert in the Valley with a touch of Greek heritage.

At Philadelphia Candies in Hermitage, the name says it all.

"Adelphia' means 'brother' and 'phila' means 'love' and it was candies made with brotherly love," says Spyros Macris, president of Philadelphia Candies.

Today, the name still holds true. The family recipe has been tweeked and changed, all at the suggestion of those who matter most.

"Some of our people could say, 'why don't we try this?' and we do. So I think it's all a contribution of everyone that works here and sometimes even a customer," says Macris.

At Daffin's Chocolate Candies in Sharon, "The Chocolate Kingdom" is a reminder from generations past that true chocolate isn't just created ... it's a creation.

"My father wanted to show children that chocolate was a work of art, not just what you eat. This was all to show children what you can do with your imagination," says Diane Daffin, co-owner of Daffins Candies.

As for the competition among these chocolate lovers, those at Gorant Chocolatier say it's a friendly one and all seem to agree.

"If one of them would call us for a manufacturing problem, we would help them out. Like wise, we call them they help us out," says Jack Peluse, director of operations at Gorant Chocolatier.

At the end of the day, it would seem Philadelphia Candies was on to something when they say "chocolates made with brotherly love."

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