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Best Candy Shops in America


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Looking for a sweet vacation or just a place to stop and be a kid again? These places have become landmarks for amazing candy shops and sweet tooth indulgences.

Economy Candy, New York

This Lower East Side landmark has been satisfying candy cravings since 1937. Budget-friendly prices on treats stacked from floor to ceiling, give shoppers a feeling of walking through a landscape of candy mountains. You’ll find classic favorites mingling with new creations like bacon-flavored candies along with imported gummies. If you are a fan of nostalgic goodies and unique sweets, this is the place for you.

Sweet! Hollywood, Los Angeles

Where Economy Candy is quaint and kitschy, Sweet! is a behemoth embracing new trends. Themed rooms cater to different styles and tastes. There is even a Chocolate Lab customers can create their own bar of chocolate. The store does give a nod to the candy of the past in a “Vintage” room, but the Willy Wonka room draws your attention. Most reviewers deemed it a bit pricey, but the experience is as close as you will get to being in Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (circa Johnny Depp). If you are looking for an amazing to place to have your kids’ birthday parties at, the store can host up to 200 kids for a day they will never forget.

Shane Confectionery, Philadelphia

This place is the Holy Land of candy stores. It is the oldest continuously operated candy shop in the United States. Samuel Herring and Daniel Dengler were the candy-creators and canned-fruit broker, Edward R. Shane, took the store into the market in 1911. History pummeled the store; sugar shortages and war along with evolving territory brought the store to its knees. In 2010, Eric and Ryan Berley scooped the shop up and gave it an amazing restoration. It’s hipster, but true to its foundation. Most of the sweets are molded and created in a loft above the store. Artisanal candy with top-of-the-line taste is waiting on 110 Market Street in Philadelphia.

Big Top Candy Shop, Austin

Ice cream, floats, shakes, malts, candy by the pound, chocolates, European treats, bacon infused candy (try the bacon cotton candy), gumballs and suckers are just a few of the confectionery delights you’ll find at Big Top Candy Shop. Most hard-to-find treats and can be located at this adorable old timey themed shop.

Chutters, Littleton, New Hampshire

This place is Home of the World’s Longest Candy Counter. Candy, fudge, chocolate and 112 feet of “gleaming glass jars filled with brightly colored candy” will have you feeling like a kid again. It’s not as “frilly” as some places, but it doesn’t lack any of the charm. Feast your taste buds on gourmet and traditional jellybeans, chocolates, licorice, caramels, and nostalgic pieces abound. Most reviewers saved their cash for the fudge and truffles instead of indulging in the bulk candy one can find at chain grocery stores.

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  1. Janelle says

    I love candy shops, I always stop if I see one in my travels.

  2. Allie says

    Me too! Especially the nostalgic candy shops, nothing brings back good memories like retro candy.

  3. Pamela says

    How amazing are these places, would love to go buy some candy there!

  4. BusyBee says

    We have a couple candy bars here that specialize in retro candy. It’s so much fun

  5. Pamela says

    This sounds like a dream come true, these places look amazing.

  6. Kath Rivera says

    I like candies and we don’t have this kind of candy store here in our country. I would love to visit the Economy Candy and Big Candy shop.

  7. Paula Parker says

    Such a fun article. I would love to see the world longest candy counter in Chutters, Littleton. I love chocolate.

  8. Christine Topley says

    I love candy shops. There are some good ones here in Canada as well. It’s like you stepped back in time and walked into the past. Some of the displays are replicas but others are rare and antique. The atmosphere is amazing and makes you feel like you are back in time. Not to mention all that AWESOME candy. Some of it I have NEVER seen before. I always try something different but purchase my usual peppermint stick.

  9. Jessica Peeling says

    I have never been to any of these! I used to go to NYC a lot but have never heard of Economy Candy. I’ll have to check it out when I’m there again.

  10. BusyBee says

    I’m kind of surprised that Dylan’s from NYC didn’t make the list

  11. Elle Hipolito says

    I used to stop into Economy Candy when I lived in the LES. I always enjoyed checking out their inventory.

  12. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    I have never been to a candy shop before. This sounds fun.

  13. Chrissy says

    I LOVE candy haha Now I have to go to them all 🙂

  14. Dawn says

    This post has made me extremely hungry! I love, love, love candy, and candy shops are like the mecca of sweets!

  15. Joanna Sormunen says

    I’m drooling here! This is torture! I love candy shops but there are NO candy shops here, not even one, nothing 🙁

  16. R U S S says

    Candy shops are heaven on earth! I usually go to one before watching a movie. Candies go well with my favorite cinema food.

  17. FamiGami says

    I’ve never heard of Economy Candy. As a Canadian, I’ve always heard that the best candy store to go to in MYC was Dylan’s Candy.

  18. Jhady says

    I have a sweet tooth and would love to visit these candy shops with my kids. It would be fun if we have one nearby.

  19. Amanda @ Adorkablii says

    I am not huge into candy but every now and then I do like it! Thank you so much for sharing this! Now I can point these shops our to people I know that live near them/

  20. Fiorella says

    I’m heading to New York next month, so guess where I’m going?? 🙂 I’m going to look up Economy Candy right now!

  21. Roch says

    Do these candy shops export their goodies to the rest of the world? If I am not from the US, how am I going to taste their products?

  22. Maria Oller says

    I would love to visit and try them all,
    lucky me next month we will visit Austin so I now know what will be my first tourist stop.

  23. Leira Pagaspas says

    My aunt lives in Austin and I will definitely tell her about this candy shop.

  24. Rosey says

    I laughed at bacon cotton candy. I bet 6 out of 7 of my family members would go for that first in a cotton candy line up. 🙂

  25. Rach @ Eazy Peazy Mealz says

    Oh my gosh, this sounds like an amazing place to get candy. Bacon with cotton candy. Sign me up!

  26. Michael says

    Just curious,have you been to all of these candy shops yourself?

  27. Rebecca Swenor says

    Most people wouldn’t thing to go to a chocolate lab or a candy shop but this is a great idea. We might have to check some of these places out which I would prefer the chocolate lab. lol Thanks for sharing.

  28. Marielle Altenor says

    My hubby loves candy! I may be going to LA next year so I’m going to put Sweet! Hollywood on my “to go to” place and get him some!!

  29. Michelle says

    I love going to candy shops and seeing all the different candies. Thanks for sharing.

  30. jane says

    sweet hollywood sounds amazing to me! i am not fond of sweets even in chocolates i eat hose dark ones but my daughter and husband love sweets! will put this on my bucketlist

  31. Pamela says

    Yep, the Hollywood store sounds just like a dream come true.

  32. Alysia says

    Now for a CANADIAN list 😛
    I would love to read that one. The US one just makes me drool and pine haha

  33. Michele says

    Hey, I live in NY, well not NYC, but close enough. So how come I never heard of Economy Candy, New York– Somehow I think my Mom has managed to keep this from me all these years! I definitely have to drive down there and have a look and many tastes and purchases!!

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