Candy is most often associated with and marketed towards children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t eat it, too. Candy stores know that, and target people of all ages who love the sweet stuff.
With their sprawling designs, whimsical décor and candy displayed as far as the eye can see, these 25 candy stores across the United States are definitely some of the coolest out there.
Dylan’s Candy Bar
With locations in major cities like Houston, Los Angeles, and Chicago, the original Dylan’s Candy Bar is a New York staple that continues growing. One customer describes the store like “stepping into Willy Wonka’s home.” The original location boasts multiple floors of bright, cheerful décor, floor-to-ceiling candy displays and (for grown-ups only!) a bar where candy and alcohol meet in creative cocktails.
Is Dylan’s Candy Bar a bit too far away? Sugar Shop in Brooklyn may be closer. This clean, white store neatly organizes its selections with bins, dispensers, jars and containers. Buy candy in bulk, including cotton candy and smoked nib brittle. You can even plan a birthday party here.
A brand dedicated to sweets, IT’SUGAR has stores across the country. Depending on the location you visit, you’ll find different fun decorative touches, like an oversized stuffed elephant outside of one store and a jellybean-filled plastic mannequin wearing a candy bikini in another. All stores sell the ginormous gummy bears IT’SUGAR is known for, which are a favorite among customers and a must-try.
Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
At Jim’s Apple Farm in Jordan, there’s a beloved yellow barn known as Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. The cheery exterior is just a hint at what’s waiting inside: aisles and aisles of almost every type of candy imaginable. The sweets are organized in sections to keep the trip from being overwhelming. As visitors have noted, “there are other things like jams, sauces, honey, and several kinds of popcorn (including different kinds of wine popcorn.)”
From outside, the New York stop Economy Candy doesn’t look like much. Step inside and it’s a different story entirely. Founded in 1937, the store stocks all kinds of candy among its giant plastic lollipops and M&Ms mascots hanging on the walls. You can also find the old-fashioned candy that made this store a hit. As one customer says: “Economy Candy is the downtown, real-deal version of Dylan’s.”
The original Sugarfina store is in Beverly Hills, but customers can also get this brand’s sweets in Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, New York and more. Each shop realizes founders Josh Resnick and Rosie O’Neill’s dream of “the ultimate candy store for grown-ups.” Sugarfina stores look more like high-end clothing boutiques than candy stores, so it certainly matches the creators’ vision. Another fit is Sugarfina’s champagne gummy bears.
Papabubble is another candy store that blends high-end looks with classy sweets. Its New York store is the best-known of its locations, but all stores feature confections the staff makes by hand. Can’t find what you’re looking for among the rows and rows of plastic bins and glass jars of hard candy? You can make your own treats with customized messages. Some of the stores even offer candy-making classes.
A Swedish brand that has migrated to America, Sockerbit has stores in Los Angeles and New York. Both embrace minimalism. A white welcome sign plastered against a white wall invites customers who browse full bins. Only the massive amounts of wrapped candy add some color to the streamlined look. The selection is interesting too. One customer reports noshing on “salty licorice shaped like an octopus.”
Prepare to take a step back into the past when visiting Philadelphia’s beloved Shane Confectionary. The candy store has been in operation at 110 Market Street since 1911. Everything from the décor to the way the staff dresses embraces the antique legacy of the brand. Visitors gush about the buttercreams, chocolate-covered bacon, hard candies and chocolate-covered marshmallows.
If you’re the type who associates candy with the days of childhood, you’ll love Miette, a candy store and bakery that claims it’s “modern, cheerful, and always delicious.” This San Francisco store is plastered in pretty pink floral wallpaper with pastel desks, tables and trays loaded with jars and bins of sweet pink candy. More than just cute, customers note “these candy-makers really know their licorice, and the employees are very knowledgeable on the history and making of the candy.”
QUIN is yet another store that sells fresh homemade candy. As the store explains: “QUIN is candy. Reimagined, updated, modernized. We make candy for today that has the uncanny ability to tug at the heartstrings of yesterday.” Based in Portland, Oregon, Jami Curl runs the store, which doesn’t overwhelm in its design but instead features black shelves that let the colorful bags of candy stand out. Customers quite enjoy the homemade quality.
Another noteworthy Portland candy shop is Candy Babel. Amani Greer is the founder and prefers selling healthier sweets free of dyes, corn, dairy and gluten. Vegan confections are also available. The store’s often handmade wall art gives Candy Babel a one-of-a-kind feel. One customer says they “love that you can fill a vintage tin for a quick gift that is both unique and helping a rad little local business.”
The Candy Store
In San Francisco, The Candy Store is a famous stop. Grab candy by the barrelful—literally—that includes “the finest confections from around the world, and nostalgic treats you probably haven’t seen in years.” Customers consistently remark on how nice the owners are.
Windy City Sweets
A Chicago staple since 1983, Windy City Sweets sells nuts, fudge, chocolate and other candy. The storefront is decorated to beckon to customers. Inside, shelves, containers, jars and tall translucent bins of loose candy entice. Visitors like the store since it’s inexpensive, and one customer says they “like the huge selection of candy on the wall, perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth craving.”
Pinkitzel Cupcakes & Candy
Yes, you read that right; you can find both candy and cupcakes at Pinkitzel. This Oklahoma store could double as a classy consignment shop with its antique busts, contemporary black walls, hanging light balls and black and white checkerboard flooring. The sweets are presented fashionably in containers and on ornate trays. Customers often comment on the decor, with one saying: “It is super unique and keeps your eyes moving and also aids in making some pretty interesting photo ops.”
Blending old-time appeal with modern colorful candy, Chutters in Littleton, New Hampshire is the best of both worlds. Founded by Frederick George Chutter in the 1800s, the store has a counter that’s 112 feet long, making it the biggest on the planet. It’s no wonder Chutters has dedicated fans who also love the selection and quality.
Mouth Party Caramels
Love caramel? Then don’t miss out on visiting Mouth Party Caramels in Baltimore. The caramels the store has sold since 2007 are made from a long-ago recipe. Need another reason to indulge? “Mouth Party is committed to giving 10 percent of our profits to a variety of cancer research organizations and support services,” the store explains. Customers can’t get enough, writing “these caramels are so simple and so good, with no artificial or processed ingredients.”
A Chicago area candy shop, Candyality has received accolades from Food Network Magazine for its exemplary service. The store’s interior is bright, colorful and loaded to the brim with buckets, baskets and bins of all sorts of candy. Terese McDonald, the store’s founder, has always loved candy. She seeks to “uncover your personality connections to confections.” Customers rave about how affordable the sweets are.
Big Top Candy Shop
In Austin, the Big Top Candy Shop houses its candy in what looks almost like an indoor circus. The vintage feel is alive and well here, with curved signs in antique fonts pointing customers towards their favorite candies. “They have a soda fountain, candy from floor to ceiling, and a glass counter with so many delicious truffles,” writes a customer.
Alaskan Fudge Company
Nestled between a couple of antique buildings in Skagway is the Alaskan Fudge Company. Debbie and Blue Bergmann opened the shop in 1980. Their fudge is a huge seller, but they also sell chocolates, all sorts of candy and specialty foods like salmon. Lots of fans have sampled Alaskan Fudge Company’s sweets while on cruises or road trips.
The Best of Luck
Take a break from the seafood in Baltimore and grab some dessert instead at The Best of Luck. Serving both ice cream and candy, customers can get sweet tooth satiation here. The pale blue walls are covered in pop art and paper lanterns mingle with ceiling lights. Pristine white shelves house candy all the way up the walls. There are more than 15 flavors of ice cream to choose from, too.
Honolulu’s own Nisshodo Mochiya introduces Hawaiians and out-of-towners to Japanese candy. These sweets include mochi, nashi manju (“round baked flour cake with white lime bean paste”), uguisu (“green oblong mochi filled with coarse Azuki bean paste and covered in roasted soybean powder”) and kinako dango (“pink or white sweet milk mochi covered in roasted soybean powder”). Fans laud the authentic taste.
Amy’s Candy Bar
Amy’s Candy Bar, a Chicago store, notes it’s “reminiscent of the candy shops that were once found on virtually every corner in Chicago.” The bright, open space leaves all the more room to display ice cream, international delights, nostalgic treats, chocolate and handmade nougat and caramel. Visitors are enticed as soon as they enter the shop, and say things like: “If you could bottle up the fragrance you smell when you walk in, I would buy it.”
Sweet!, a Los Angeles candy haven, implores visitors to “let go of every idea you’ve ever had of what a candy store is. Yes, even those candy bins.” Chocolate bars are created in honor of pop culture icons, from musicians to comic book heroes and everything in between. Customers say “you can make your own chocolate bar” and “you can watch candies being made.” It doesn’t get fresher than that.
Art Eatables in Louisville specializes in “making bourbon-infused and bourbon-themed candies and chocolates, all with an eye towards taking America’s native spirit and making it accessible to people the world over.” Order the store’s signature Lol-lis-pops, which showcase the fleur-de-lis, or grab a box of bourbon truffles. According to the store’s customers, it’s hard to go wrong.
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