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MeggieB Jun 15, 2010 02:21 PM

Hello,

I'm working on a candy, bake goods, and dessert travel show that features very unique and wacky goodies and also large, over the top, sweet locations around the US.
- Does anyone have any ideas on a large fun location that makes sweets? Maybe in an amusement park that's not Hersey.
- Also a local shop making creative non-traditional treats. If by chance they mail order that would be the perfect place!
Thanks for your help chowhound community!

Megan

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    bluemoon4515 Jun 16, 2010 04:41 PM

    Dollywood has some pretty ridiculous baked goods...massive slices of skillet apple pie...cinnamon sugar loaves of bread...I had a pretty delicious time at that park.

    The new Harry Potter park looks like it's going to have some pretty interesting sweets (inspired by the books of course).

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      Sandwich_Sister Jun 16, 2010 05:31 PM

      yes the harry potter portion of universal studios Orlando, is having its grand opening this week, today I think. and you can buy some interesting candies and things in their store.

    2. Sandwich_Sister Jun 16, 2010 07:25 PM

      Down here in Florida Key lime pie candies and deserts are popular check out the Blond Giraffe Key lime pie factory in Key West here http://www.blondgiraffe.com/. . Also a few other places in florida to mention

      Fortuna Bakery off of John Young in Orlando specializes in spanish/ columbian deserts that are sooo delicious.

      Also in the vi-mi (asian, vietnamese section crossing VIgrina and MIlls) district of Orlando there is an asian market Dong a Market. It has All different kinds of food products from fresh fruit and fish, to asian candies. Very interesting.

      theme parks - Epcot - has two great locations in the World Show Case
      Mitsukoshi Department Store in Japan - there is a candy, food type section from as mild as pocky to as wild as seeweed fish candies etc.

      and Boulangerie Pâtisserie located in France in the World Show Case - delicious eclairs, napoleons, creme brulee and beyond.

      Also not a desert but worth a mention at Epcot is Club cool, A place to sample sodas from around the world, for free! Try the Beverly!

      Seattle - Theo Chocolate Factory http://www.theochocolate.com/ - they have chocolate kits to pair wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate. and they have a tour of their facility.

      Also Pike Place market in Seattle - has a pasta stand that sells dry chocolate noodles,

      Hope this helps

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        bluemoon4515 Jun 16, 2010 08:20 PM

        Beverly is the WORST! I still have flashbacks to when I tried it at the World of Coke...gag!

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          Sandwich_Sister Jun 17, 2010 05:16 AM

          hehehe that's the joke, you tell your friends how great the beverly is and then they try it, get your camera ready! :)

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            bluemoon4515 Jun 17, 2010 02:39 PM

            Apparently it glows under a black light...

      2. MinkeyMonkey Jun 16, 2010 07:32 PM

        California: Solvang for the fudge. Santa Cruz for the salt-water taffy, on the boardwalk.

        That is all I can think of.

        1. boyzoma Jun 17, 2010 03:05 PM

          Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, OR. They have some really "out there" items on their menu.
          http://voodoodoughnut.com/

          Pix Patisserie also in Portland. They have great Macarons as well as other very tasty treats.
          http://www.pixpatisserie.com/

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            Sandwich_Sister Jun 17, 2010 06:48 PM

            I love Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, I think it's recieved a lot of press recently but totally worth a mention.

          2. mamaciita Jun 17, 2010 06:05 PM

            In Kentucky we have modjeskas--homemade marshmallow enrobed in homemade caramel. I recently tasted my first chocolate modjeska.

            Bourbon balls. Woodford Reserve's deserve a new name.

            1. enbell Jun 17, 2010 06:50 PM

              Mrs. Cavanaugh's is a family owned local franchise in the Salt Lake area in Utah. My weeakness is the caramel corn!
              http://www.mrscavanaughs.com/

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                runwestierun Jun 17, 2010 06:59 PM

                In Stillwater, Minn there's an ice cream shop called Nelson's Dairy that has insanely ridiculously huge ice cream cones, a child's size (smaller than the single scoop) is more than a pint. There's always a line out the door in the summer and there is always some brave child ordering a triple (impossible to carry). They have always been this way: I remember getting giant cones after my paper route was finished when I was a kid and I'm 50 now.

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