Aunt Sandra’s Delicious Candy Factory, Belfast

Updated On: May 08, 2022

Aunt Sandra's

Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory, Belfast – Aunt Sandra’s Handmade Candy – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Asking kids and even their parents about whether they are interested in entering a place that is filled with sweets; both will definitely shout out a big fat “YES”, because who out there would not enjoy the idea of visiting a place that gives people the chance to make candy, chocolate and sweets and even better that the opportunity to taste it too

In Belfast, Northern Ireland, and instead of heading all the way to the old stories and books in order to get the chance to enter the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, you could instead visit Aunt Sandra’s candy place which is specialized in handmade candy, chocolate, and fudge; paradise for almost all the kids as well as the adults out there.

For only £5, enter the magical world of chocolate and sweets, and take a trip back in time at Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory and watch up close old-time candy making at its best. Visitors can see how chocolates, sweets and fudge are made through a viewing window, enjoy the smells and learn how Aunt Sandra began making her famous sweets and its journey passing from one generation to the other.

“The secret of our success is being nice. It isn’t about being smarter because we’re not, it isn’t about being sharper because we’re not, it isn’t because we’re clever, because we’re not … I absolutely believe in the power of being nice.”
– Jim Moore in his Aunt Sandra’s Candy Store.

The Story behind Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory

Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory

Once upon a time, back in the forties, a little boy, Willy Dunne (or later known as Uncle Willy), lived close to a giant Candy Factory. He passed by the large gates of the factory everyday picking up the delicious smells of the clove rock, brandy balls and chocolate macaroons. That was when he decided he wanted to make sweets.

Uncle Willy became a master candy maker in that very factory. Unfortunately, he had an accident, which made him lose three fingers. So, he left the factory for good, but decided to open his own shop in Belfast’s Albert Bridge road. Then he opened a second one in Templemore Avenue, Belfast. Everything went well, but he needed help. That’s when Sandra (Aunt Sandra) came. She worked with Willy for over 30 years serving customers and collecting orders. Meanwhile, Willy made the products. As time went on, Willy got older and Sandra started making the products. Willy finally retired and the shop closed.

“Someone asked me what we do. Obviously, we make sweets, we make kids laugh and we do different things. Sometimes, we make people cry because we create memories for the old and we rekindle memories for the old.”
– Jim Moore in his Aunt Sandra’s Candy Store.

Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory has become a popular attraction in East Belfast. It is nationally renowned as one of the finest purveyors of hand made chocolates, fudge and boiled sweets, made from 100 year old recipes. It offers lots of treats, including yellow man, raspberry ruffles, macaroons, Belfast fudge and brandy drops. A visit to the shop is like taking a trip back in time where visitors can look in on the whole production process and see how hand made chocolates and hand made fudge are made. You can also make your own treats, let it be chocolate pizzas or lollipops.

Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory

Opening Hours

  • Monday–Friday:     09:00 am–04:30 pm
  • Saturday:                 09:30 am–05:00 pm
  • Sunday:                   10:00 am–05:00 pm


  • WiFi
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Contact Details

Address:     58-60 Castlereagh Road, Belfast BT5 5FP, UK.
Tel:             +44 28 9073 2868
Email:         [email protected]

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