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Need a Great Candy Store

juice Aug 4, 2009 12:17 PM

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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    Philly Ray RE: juice Aug 4, 2009 12:23 PM

    Try this website...


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      becky315 RE: juice Aug 4, 2009 01:01 PM

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

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        Bigley9 RE: juice Aug 4, 2009 01:19 PM

        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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          ndelson RE: Bigley9 Aug 4, 2009 01:20 PM

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

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          Chefpaulo RE: juice Aug 4, 2009 01:27 PM

          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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            Den RE: Chefpaulo Aug 4, 2009 01:51 PM

            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!

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              PhillyA RE: Den Aug 4, 2009 02:30 PM

              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.


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            Ali RE: juice Aug 5, 2009 07:56 AM

            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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              juice RE: Ali Aug 5, 2009 08:57 AM

              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.

            2. Chefmonty RE: juice Aug 5, 2009 08:05 AM

              There are at least 2 candy stands in the Zern's farmers market that have a lot of the candy your looking for. Some of which you can by in bulk by the pound cheap

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                xtian RE: juice Aug 5, 2009 10:18 AM

                Five Below has much of the candy you listed and their prices are usually pretty good (I don't buy much candy there, but I'm guessing it is cheap too).

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                  crazyspice RE: xtian Aug 5, 2009 06:40 PM

                  great call xtian!! I was just there and saw that.

                2. xtownj RE: juice Aug 7, 2009 10:53 AM

                  Ricky's candy has a few locations, it looks like the one in Wayne is closed.

                  Lots of interesting candy, five below probably has better prices.

                  Wegman's in Downingtown also has lots of candy bins.

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