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There are few things more delicious than fudge, and these shops make America’s best

Sweet as Fudge/Yelp

Who doesn’t love fudge? This creamy confection is one of the most delicious treats known to man, and thankfully there are still plenty of shops across America that are making it the old-fashioned way, turning out some truly spectacular (and creative) specimens.

Fudge’s American roots can be traced to the 1880s, to a shop in Baltimore as well as New York’s Vassar College, where an early recipe caught on like wildfire and is still popular there today. Fudge made its way to the popular summer resort of Mackinac Island, Michigan, several years later, where it exploded in popularity, and today it’s essentially the island's signature snack, with numerous shops there turning out top-quality fudge.

Great fudge, however, can be found from coast to coast. In order to assemble our ranking, we canvassed the country for well-known fudge shops, with help from sources both in print and online. In order to be considered, the shops needed to make all their fudge from scratch by hand (preferably on-premises daily), had to be turning out some creative and delicious fudge varieties, and being a revered local institution certainly didn’t hurt. Many of America’s best fudge shops are family-run, some for generations, but all are making a truly artisanal product with a whole lot of care and love.

From a mother-daughter operation in Oklahoma that’s so popular it’s only open by appointment to several Mackinac Island mainstays, from a Nantucket must-visit to a San Francisco shop turning out some ingenious creations, reading about these shops will give you a serious hankering for some good old-fashioned fudge. Thankfully, most of these places ship! Read on to learn which fudge shops are America’s best.

America’s 25 Best Fudge Shops

Sweet as Fudge/Yelp

Who doesn’t love fudge? This creamy confection is one of the most delicious treats known to man, and thankfully there are still plenty of shops across America that are making it the old-fashioned way, turning out some truly spectacular (and creative) specimens.

Fudge’s American roots can be traced to the 1880s, to a shop in Baltimore as well as New York’s Vassar College, where an early recipe caught on like wildfire and is still popular there today. Thankfully, most of these places ship! Read on to learn which fudge shops are America’s best.

#25 Blocks of Fudge, Block Island, Rhode Island

Family run for more than 25 years, this tiny family-run fudge shop is turning out some incredibly unique flavors, including peach cobbler fudge with fresh peaches and Nilla wafers. All fudge is made on-premises, and the huge variety of flavors include peanut butter chocolate, penuche (brown sugar and vanilla), chocolate-coconut, and Snickers.

#24 The Fudge Shoppe, Flemington, New Jersey

In business since 1961, this Flemington institution sells some stunning chocolate creations, but it is best known for its good old-fashioned chocolate fudge. The team keeps it simple here with only a handful of flavors, including chocolate nut, vanilla, peanut butter, and chocolate peanut butter. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

#23 Littlejohn’s Candies, Los Angeles and San Francisco

What started as a Los Angeles English toffee shop is today a renowned candy shop with locations in L.A. and San Francisco. No visit is complete without a taste of this spot’s fudge, which is available in nine flavors including chocolate peanut butter, rocky road, penuche, and divinity walnut.

#22 The Fudge Pot, Chicago, Illinois

Yelp / The Fudge Pot

One of Chicago’s finest candy shops since 1963, The Fudge Pot was founded by a second-generation candy maker named Jim Dattalo, who was trained in the candy-making arts by his uncle, an employee of the Mars Candy Company. Today it’s run by Jim’s son David, who’s turning out a wide variety of traditionally-made fudge.

#21 Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe, Philadelphia

Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe/Yelp

This confectionery, located inside Philly’s renowned Reading Terminal Market, serves a huge variety of handmade sweets including, as the name might imply, fudge. Handmade on a daily basis, flavors include cappuccino, crème brûlée, dulce de leche, mint cookie, and peanut butter explosion.

#20 Winfrey’s, Eastern Massachusetts

Winfrey's Fudge & Candy/Yelp

Winfrey’s was founded by the husband and wife duo of Stuart and Christine Winfrey in 1979; today there are four locations across eastern Massachusetts. Old-fashioned fudge is one of Winfrey’s specialties, and with a wide variety of flavors including chocolate cashew caramel, chocolate cheesecake, cranberry walnut, cookie dough, mudslide, and rocky road, the selection will keep you coming back for more.

#19 Aunt Leah’s Fudge, Nantucket, Massachusetts

This quaint little fudge shop, which was founded by a retired teacher more than 20 years ago, is today a Nantucket must-visit. More than 30 varieties of fudge are available, including cappuccino nut, chocolate M&M, Oreo, chocolate praline, cookies and cream, snickerdoodle, and crunchy chocolate peanut butter. They’re all handmade in the old-fashioned way. Keep in mind that it's only open by appointment, but when you’re there, don’t forget to stock up on chocolate covered cranberries!

#18 Z. Cioccolato, San Francisco, California

Z Cioccolato/Yelp

This family-owned San Francisco sweet shop makes fresh fudge, taffy, and truffles. Its fudge comes in some varieties you won’t find anywhere else in America. California Earthquake (milk chocolate, coconut, and walnuts), chocolate caramel brownie, chocolate orange swirl, cookies and cream, creamsicle, and Cougar Butter (milk chocolate, caramel cream, coffee, caramel, and peanut butter) are just a few of its unique selections.

#17 Murray Hotel Fudge Company, Mackinac Island, Michigan

The Murray Hotel, which has been welcoming travelers to Mackinac Island for more than 130 years, has an in-house fudge shop that's absolutely legendary. Claiming to serve the largest fudge selection on the island, it’s all made fresh daily and flavors include blueberry cheesecake, Butterfinger, and turtle.

#16 Marshall’s Fudge and Candy Co., Mackinaw City, Michigan

Opened in 1952 and expanded to seven locations by the mid-60s, today Marshall’s is located in Mackinaw City and is still made according to its traditional recipe. Vanilla triple chip, rocky road, chocolate peanut butter, penuche, and maple are some of Marshall’s most popular flavors.

#15 Frankenmuth Fudge, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Since 1964, fudge-makers at Frankenmuth Fudge have been making their fudge in a copper kettle and hand-paddling it on a thick marble slab. The plain chocolate fudge is the one that put this shop on the map (and is still the top seller), but other top-selling varieties include mint chip, cookies and cream, vanilla nut, pistachio, and maple.

#14 Jefferson Fudge, Jefferson, Texas

One of the finest candy shops in Texas, Jefferson Fudge, which opened in 1979, sells more than 20 different varieties of fudge today from a counter that’s more than 30 feet long. Fudge is handmade and the staff will let you try any variety you like, so make sure you sample the vanilla pecan, peach pecan amaretto, apricot nut, maple nut, peanut butter, and chocolate pecan before you settle on one. You know, just to be certain.

#13 May’s Candy, Mackinac Island, Michigan

May’s, which has been a Mackinac Island institution since opening in 1881, has been run by five generations of candy makers. Its English toffee and peanut brittle are legendary, but its old-fashioned fudge, in flavors like amaretto chocolate chip, rum walnut, coconut, blueberry, and cherry, is a showstopper.

#12 Kilwins, Various Locations

Kilwins was founded in 1947 by Don and Katy Kilwin, and today there are dozens of locations from Mackinaw City to Key West, with plenty more in the works. The fudge recipe used at all the locations was created by Don and Katy themselves, and crafted on marble slabs. Top selling flavors include classic chocolate, sea salt caramel, and turtle; with seasonal favorites including egg nog and peppermint stick.

#11 Wisconsin Dells Fudge, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Kassandra H./Yelp

This fudge shop opened in 1962 and today has four locations in town. All locations are still making fudge the old-fashioned way, in small batches using high-quality ingredients including Wisconsin cream and butter. Favorites include turtle, double dark chocolate, peanut butter, maple nut, and butter pecan, made with twice the butter.

#10 Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Fudge is nearly as popular a treat in the resort town of Gatlinburg as it is up on Mackinac Island, and locals and tourists alike know that the place to go for great fudge is Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies, which has two locations in town. Every batch of fudge here is made from scratch daily from high-quality ingredients in the traditional style (stirred in a copper pot and cooled on a marble slab), and formed by hand. Popular flavors include peanut butter pie, cookies and crème, penuche, and rocky road.

#9 Sweet Prairie Home, Bethany, Oklahoma

Sweet Prairie Home/Yelp

Sweet Prairie Home was founded by a mother and daughter team in a small shop off Route 66 in 2013 after many years spent making fudge for festivals and holiday markets. Each batch is made by hand in a water bath kettle using the highest-quality ingredients possible, with seasonal flavors including caramel apple pie, carrot cake, eggnog, gingerbread, and chocolate cherry walnut. The duo has also mastered a fudge that’s made with fructose and isomalt instead of white sugar. Because the wholesale operation is booming, the shop is only open when the team is processing orders, so if you’re planning on dropping by make sure you call ahead to make an appointment!

#8 The Fudge Factory, Tarpon Springs, Florida

Located on the historic Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida, The Fudge Factory has been turning out handmade fudge since 1988. Made using an old family recipe, copper kettles, a marble slab, and a paddle, it doesn’t get more traditional than this. 14 flavors are available there, including chocolate peanut butter, chocolate mint, rocky road, maple walnut, and penuche walnut.

#7 Ryba’s Fudge Shops, Mackinac Island, Michigan and Chicago

Ryba’s Fudge Shops / Yelp

A Mackinac tradition for more than 60 years, today Ryba’s has two locations on both Mackinac Island and in Chicago. Its fudge is made by hand on big marble slabs, with flavors including Oreo, chocolate pecan, chocolate macadamia, German chocolate, and maple pecan.

#6 Murdick’s Fudge, Mackinac Island, Michigan and Martha’s Vineyard

Murdick's Famous Fudge/Yelp

Murdick’s was one of the first candy shops to open in Mackinac Island back in 1887, and has been making fudge according to a recipe passed down by founder Jerome Murdick’s mother since day one. Today there are several local Michigan locations as well as three stores and a bakery on Martha’s Vineyard, making fudge the old-fashioned way using copper kettles and marble slabs in full view of the adoring public. Flavors include butter pecan, chocolate cherry, double chocolate caramel sea salt, Michigan Maple Walnut, and Traverse City Black Cherry.

#5 Li-Lac Chocolates, New York City

Li-Lac Chocolates / Yelp

Li-Lac has been producing some of New York’s finest chocolate (and fudge) since 1923. Its old-world, artisanal approach is still in practice at its factory in Brooklyn. While Li-Lac is best known for its selection of more than 140 chocolates, its fudge, made the same way for more than 90 years, is a must-try.

#4 Provincetown Fudge Factory, Provincetown, Massachusetts

The Provincetown Fudge Factory opened in 1984, but you can be forgiven for thinking it opened in 1884. The fudge is hand-crafted in small batches using high-quality ingredients; the fact that each batch is hand-paddled in copper pots and can take up to eight hours results in a truly superior product. Its fudge is also available in some fun flavors, including Bailey’s Irish Crème, chocolate chip swirl, chocolate marshmallow, coconut, cranberry walnut, and chocolate peanut butter.

#3 The Mill Fudge Factory & Ice Cream Café, Bristol, New Hampshire

The Mill Fudge Factory / Yelp

Located in a charming former grist mill in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, The Mill makes its fudge using an old family recipe and ingredients including Cabot butter and Callebaut Belgian dark chocolate. Supporters of the Slow Food movement, the owners (who opened the shop in 2006) are turning out some fun and creative fudge, in flavors including New Hampshire maple, natural peanut butter, chocolate raspberry, chocolate salted caramel, cranberry maple nut, and Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey.

#2 Aaron Murdick’s Fudge, Frankenmuth and Mackinaw City, Michigan

The Murdick family are the kings of fudge, and this offshoot, with locations in Frankenmuth and Mackinaw City, carries on the family legacy in a great way. Whereas the Mackinac Island and Martha’s Vineyard locations of Murdick’s were sold by the Murdick family in 1969, these are still in the family and fudge is made with a whole lot of care here in the traditional way. Flavors include chocolate cherry, German chocolate, maple walnut, mint chocolate chip, and rocky road.

#1 JoAnn’s Fudge, Mackinac Island, Michigan


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

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Photo by: Lew Robertson ©(c) Lew Robertson

Lew Robertson, (c) Lew Robertson

The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

182171880

Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

74423043

Photo by: Dorling Kindersley

Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

Photo by: TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ©2015

TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

88309213

Photo by: Lew Robertson ©(c) Lew Robertson

Lew Robertson, (c) Lew Robertson

The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

182171880

Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

74423043

Photo by: Dorling Kindersley

Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

Photo by: TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ©2015

TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

88309213

Photo by: Lew Robertson ©(c) Lew Robertson

Lew Robertson, (c) Lew Robertson

The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

182171880

Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

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Photo by: Dorling Kindersley

Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

Photo by: TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ©2015

TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

88309213

Photo by: Lew Robertson ©(c) Lew Robertson

Lew Robertson, (c) Lew Robertson

The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

182171880

Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

74423043

Photo by: Dorling Kindersley

Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

Photo by: TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ©2015

TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

88309213

Photo by: Lew Robertson ©(c) Lew Robertson

Lew Robertson, (c) Lew Robertson

The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

182171880

Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

74423043

Photo by: Dorling Kindersley

Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

Photo by: TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ©2015

TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

88309213

Photo by: Lew Robertson ©(c) Lew Robertson

Lew Robertson, (c) Lew Robertson

The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

182171880

Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

74423043

Photo by: Dorling Kindersley

Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

Photo by: TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ©2015

TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

88309213

Photo by: Lew Robertson ©(c) Lew Robertson

Lew Robertson, (c) Lew Robertson

The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

182171880

Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

74423043

Photo by: Dorling Kindersley

Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

Photo by: TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ©2015

TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

88309213

Photo by: Lew Robertson ©(c) Lew Robertson

Lew Robertson, (c) Lew Robertson

The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

182171880

Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

74423043

Photo by: Dorling Kindersley

Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

Photo by: TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ©2015

TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

88309213

Photo by: Lew Robertson ©(c) Lew Robertson

Lew Robertson, (c) Lew Robertson

The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

182171880

Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

74423043

Photo by: Dorling Kindersley

Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

Photo by: TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ©2015

TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


America's 50 Best Candy Stores

Four generations of the Pacey family have run this tiny sweetshop. Dorothy Brodbeck Pacey started it in her backyard, selling just fig preserves and pralines, and now the spot sells sponge candy and bourbon balls too. puntaclara.com

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The Alaskan Fudge Company: Juneau, Alaska

The fudge recipe used at this shop dates back to the 1800s: It was meant to be fondue, but a happy accident turned it into the best-seller it is today. alaskanfudge.com

Dulceria La Bonita: Multiple Locations, Arizona

This wholesaler is open to the public and sells more than 500 kinds of candy from Mexico. Plus, the Phoenix location has a roomful of piñatas to hold your stash. labonitadulceria.com

Martin Greer's Candies: Garfield, Arkansas

All the candy at this family-run business is handmade following recipes from Rigby's Reliable Candy Teacher, which dates from the late 1800's. martingreerscandies.com

Fog City News: San Francisco, California

This shop's chocolate section (200 varieties) is rivaled only by its magazine collection: You'll find more than 2,000 titles on the racks. fogcitynews.com

Enstrom Candies: Multiple Locations, Colorado

Chef Enstrom's friends convinced him to sell his famous toffee in 1960. Now, his family runs five locations. enstrom.com

Fascia's Chocolates: Waterbury, Connecticut

The best part of a visit to Fascia's is the chocolate tour: Visitors get to pour, spread and decorate their own candy bars with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or toasted coconut. fasciaschocolates.com

This spot is for serious chocolate lovers: It sells more than 300 kinds of chocolate from far-flung spots like Madagascar and Italy. cocova.com

Govatos Chocolates: Wilmington, Delaware

Mention chocolate in Wilmington and most people will point you to Govatos, the century-old family business known for its almond butter crunch. govatoschocolates.com

Honeydukes: Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter fans know Honeydukes, and this is the storybook spot come to life. You'll find all the wacky sweets - like Fizzing Whizbees and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that Hogwarts students love. universalorlando.com

Paul Thomas Chocolates: Dahlonega, Georgia

You can watch chocolatiers work the conveyor assembly - often called the "Lucy Machine," based on the iconic candy-making episode of I Love Lucy. paulthomaschocolates.com

Nisshodo Candy Store: Honolulu, Hawaii

The shop's Japanese treats are made from recipes that founder Asataro Hirao brought over from Hiroshima in 1916. nisshodomochicandy.com

Idaho Candy Company: Boise, Idaho

Idaho Candy Company's factory is more than 100 years old, and the Idaho Spud - a coconut-marshmallow bar - has been a fan favorite for almost as long. idahospud.com

Candyality: Chicago, Illinois

Ask the cashiers to tell you your "candy personality": Crunchy-candy lovers tend to be negotiators, and fans of sour candy are risk takers. candyality.com

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Albanese Confectionery: Merrillville, Indiana

This is gummy candy mecca: It churns out 72 million gummies a day in 50 shapes and flavors. albanesecandy.com

Popcorn Shoppe: North Liberty, Iowa

Fill a 6 1/2-gallon bag with your choice of more than 60 flavors of popcorn, like cotton candy and strawberry cheesecake. popcornshoppecr.com

Cero's Candies: Wichita, Kansas

Cero's Candies has been a Kansas staple since 1885, making it one of the state's oldest continuously running candy shops. ceroscandy.com

Art Eatables: Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for bourbon, and this chocolate shop adds the liquor to all of its truffles. arteatables.com

Roman Candy Company: New Orleans, Louisiana

This candy outfit sells its famous 14-inch taffy sticks from the same mule-drawn wagon that was used when it opened in 1915. romancandy.com

Dean's Sweets: Portland, Maine

Dean's Sweets has a rotating menu of fun truffle flavors, like lemon-apricot-chevre, tequila-lime and cayenne. deanssweets.com

Mouth Party Caramels: Baltimore, Maryland

The caramel recipe at this family-owned shop dates back four generations. Try some sprinkled with Maryland's famous Old Bay Seasoning. mouthpartycaramel.com

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie: Salem, Massachusetts

America's first commercially available candies, Salem Gibralters, have been sold here for more than 200 years. peppercandy.net

Doc Sweets' Candy Company: Clawson, Michigan

This 5,000-square-foot outpost draws customers from all over, for classics (Abba-Zaba) and not-so-classics (candy-covered-crickets). docsweets.com

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store: Jordan, Minnesota

This sweetshop is bigger than a football field and packed with more than 3,000 kinds of candy. Visit on Facebook.

Margarete's Fine Chocolates: Tupelo, Mississippi

Many of the chocolates in this shop are made with Tupelo honey, a Mississippi treasure and one of the sweetest varieties. margaretesfinechocolates.com

How Sweet Is This: Clayton, Missouri

This shop's nickname is The Itsy Bitsy Candy Store: It's only 300 square feet, but the owners have packed it with old-school treats like Big League Chew and a wall full of gummies. howsweetisthis.com

The Parrot Confectionary: Helena, Montana

Regulars often enter through the shop's back door and peek at the candy makers in the kitchen. You can usually spot someone whipping up the namesake candy, the Parrot, made with pecans and chocolate. parrotchocolate.com

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Licorice International: Lincoln, Nebraska

Licorice can be much more interesting than the average red or black varieties, and this shop proves it with a selection of nearly 160 kinds from a dozen countries, including toffee licorice from Ireland and anise hard candies from France. licoriceinternational.com

Barrels O Candy: Virginia City, Nevada

The name here is no joke: The store has more than 200 barrels of candy, and 72 of them are filled with taffy. 775-847-9500

Chutters: Multiple Locations, New Hampshire

You're certain to find something you want here: The 112-foot candy counter at the Littleton shop is the world's longest. chutters.com

Black River Candy Shoppe: Chester, New Jersey

The owners of Black River Candy Shoppe have been collecting PEZ dispensers for almost 17 years, and they've covered the walls with 400 of them (and counting). blackrivercandyshoppe.com

The Candy Lady: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This shop has Hollywood ties: The prop stylists for Breaking Bad tapped the store's owner to make blue rock candy that they used as Walter White's meth. thecandylady.com

Papabubble: New York, New York

The back wall at Papabubble looks more like a science lab than a candy store: It's stocked with beakers of flavoring used to make the shop's hard candies. papabubbleny.com

The Candy Factory: Lexington, North Carolina

Customers loved the antique decorations here so much that the owner started selling them as well as candy. lexingtoncandyfactory.com

The Little Sweet Shop: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The confectioners regularly stock new flavors of fudge - and they take recommendations from customers too. 701-885-2551

Spangler Candy: Bryan, Ohio

Spangler Candy has been making Dum Dums lollipops for more than 60 years you can take a trolley tour to see the production. spanglercandy.com

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy: Multiple Locations, Oklahoma

Kitzel is Yiddish for "tickle," and the owners want you to be tickled pink when you shop this store. They even have pink-clad knights standing guard. pinkitzel.com

This is a locavore's candy store: Local ingredients, like Portland-brewed coffee and hazelnuts from Monmouth, go into confections. quincandy.com

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TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015

Shane Confectionery: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Walking into Shane Confectionary is like stepping back in time - more than 150 years. When brothers Eric and Ryan Berley bought the Old City candy shop form the Shane family in 2010, they closed it immediatly for 18 months to restore it to its 19th-century glory. The two history buffs tracked down display jars from the 1800s and early 1900s, retrofitted antique sugar boxes to hide computerized registers and curated an old-fashioned candy collection. "We wanted the whole experience to be like it was when this opened in 1863," Eric says. All the staffers look the part: When you enter, you're greeted by smiling shopkeepers wearing hats and bow ties or floor-length dresses and hairnets, and when you make your way upstairs, you find a workshop where candy makers crank out treats by hand, including crystal candy figurines (called clear-toy candy), fudge and the brothers' signature Whirly Berley Bars.


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