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Candy shops for stocking stuffers? [MSP]

I'm trying to brainstorm where I can find some off-beat candy stuff for stockings this year. In the past I always had success at Cost Plus (yes, chain, i know) but they had a great selection of unusual and sometimes off-the-wall stocking stuffers. I'm having a hard time thinking of something comparable.

I'm already planning on checking out Fiesta in America at MGM and Patina. Any other suggestions?

-g

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  1. A candy shop that has a large variety of items (i.e., more thatn just chocolates) is Regina's Candies on the NW corner of St.Clair and Fairview in St. Paul. Also, believe it or not, Tuesday Morning stores get in some candy and foodstuff items that might be similar to what you've found at Cost Plus in the past.

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      1. re: Brad Ballinger

        I was going to suggest Regina's too. Love that place!

      2. I've not been there yet (and I think, but am not certain that they're open), but there's a new candy store opening at 38th and Grand called Sugar Sugar. According to this report - http://www.swjournal.com/index.php?pu... - "chocolate bars from around the world will be the specialty, but the shop will also carry a variety of nostalgic sweets such as Sugar Babies, Skybars and Valomilk cups, as well as unusual treats including chocolate mustaches on a stick and chocolate-covered cocoa beans from independent candy makers."

        Don't know if that's what you're looking for, but I'm going to try to check it out soon. Their website - http://www.sugar-sugarcandy.com/ - doesn't give any more info.

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        1. re: bob s

          This place is great. I stopped in and got a lot of tasty treats including some violet candies that were weird and wonderful at the same time. They have some old timey candies and lots of chocolate. Very nice.

          1. re: churchka

            Thanks for the update Churchka. I'll have to head over there sometime soon!

            1. re: churchka

              What are the violet candies? Candied violets? I think of them as more decorative than anything though.

              1. re: karykat

                They are Choward's Violet Mints. And they taste exactly like you think violets would taste. They are bizarre and good at the same time.

            2. re: bob s

              sugar sugar is great, esp for gifting candy. the woman that was running (owner?) the shop was fantastic to talk to, she was like a sommelier of candy.

            3. Not sure if they'd have the off-beat stuff you seek, but they have nostalgic (and I'm all about the candy rocks and candy lego pieces) but Candy Land, two in downtown Mpls and one in downtown St. Paul might meet your needs. Like an old-fashioned candy shop, with great popcorn.

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              1. re: jeanmt

                Not to diss Candyland - it's quite nice, at least in the St. Paul incarnation - but Regina's is waaaaaay better.

                Better yet - United Noodle for the Japanese, Taiwanese, and other Asian candy.

                1. re: AnneInMpls

                  The Chicago Mix (popcorn) from Candyland (St. Paul location) is absolutely impossible to resist. I'm supposed to bring a tin of it home with me for family gatherings and the year I didn't... well, let's just say they've never let me forget it.

                  It has to be fresh, though, meaning, you have to wait in that stupidly long line if you're buying it on Christmas Eve for Christmas Day. And, P.S. I don't think it would make a good stocking stuffer for the OP. But, it is worth keeping in mind for other occasions.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    You're right - the Chicago Mix popcorn from Candyland is WONDERFUL!!!! I think it might even be better than Chicago's best from Garrett's popcorn. (I work within a few blocks of Candyland, so it's a terrible temptation. At least Garrett's is several states away....)

                    And that's a great idea - Candyland popcorn for Christmas day. I was wondering what to put in people's stockings! (Along with those coconut clusters from Regina's.)

                    Anne

              2. I've had good luck finding the candy I remember from my childhood at Simply Nuts and More in Excelsior. Goofy name but a fun shop: http://simplynutsandmore.com/

                1. you might want to check out Trader Joes. Not as good as Cost Plus....miss their assortment. No one really fills that niche entirely.

                  Oh-Try Ikea too.