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Aug 4, 2009 12:17 PM

Need a Great Candy Store

I am almost done planning a huge gathering and the last key is a vast selection of 80's candy. I know I can get large quanities at a local grocery store but I need a better selection for the hard to find stuff you use to enjoy in years past. Looking for candy like ring pops, bubble tape, whatchamacallits, Big League Chew, Nerds, Runts, Sour Patch Kids, Mike & Ikes, Candy Cigarettes, Jelly Bellies, Gatorade Gum (that would be awesome), Rootbeer Barrels, Spree Rolls, Airheads, Pixy Stix.... I think you get the picture. Philly area and South/West suburbs.

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    1. the vermont country store has a ton of old-time candy

      1. I'm not a big candy person, but you might check the candy store in the Reading Terminal Market (at the Amish end)

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        1. re: Bigley9

          Shrivers on the boardwalk in OCNJ has lots of old-time candy, I think. Make sure you call first.

        2. Edwards Freeman in Conshohocken has a great selection and a mail order service if you don't want to drive up. However, it is definitely worth the trip.


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          1. re: Chefpaulo

            Chef Paulo must be in my hood as I was also going to suggest Edwards Freeman. It's one of those old time places with creeky wooden floors that you walk down the aisles and look at stuff and say, boy I haven't seen that for years! Root beer barrels, Clark bars, shoestring licorice, you name it and they've probably got it in the old wood shelves and cubby holes, bad for the old waistline but great for the psyche!

            1. re: Den

              Nuts to You in Philadelphia has most of those.

              There's one around 7th & Walnut, one around 13th & Walnut, one around 20th & Chestnut, one in the Northeast, and one on Oregon Ave in South Philadelphia. Candy is in bulk and reasonably priced.


          2. Shane's in Philly (110 Market St. - I googled it to make sure the store hasn't up and closed since my last visit) had some old-timey candies the last time I visited a few months ago. Heck, the entire store is old-timey! :)

            PhillyA is also right in that Nuts to You will also have most of what you're looking for. I was just in there yesterday, and I remember seeing about half those things (wasn't really looking at candies so there's probably more that passed me by).

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            1. re: Ali

              Shane's is great but they are not interested in making money since they close everyday around 5pm. With all the business the Franklin Fountain generates, you'd think they would wise up and stay open later.

              Great Suggestions. I am going to Edward Freeman just for the heck of it. I also didn't realize Nuts To You had candy.