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Where/What are the best old fashioned candy stores?

free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 10, 2010 11:49 PM

I love candy and I love visiting old fashioned candy stores. I was wondering what are some must see candy stores both in the US and abroad? Thanks

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    Diane in Bexley Oct 11, 2010 07:54 AM

    Assuming you mean candy stores that produce their own candy? Two excellent choices would be the River Sweets small chain in SE Carolina (Charleston, Savannah, Myrtle Beach) and Cora Lee Candies north of Chicago in Glenview. RS' specialty is pecan pralines and Cora Lee is toffee.

    1. bbqboy Oct 11, 2010 08:44 AM

      What are "old fashioned" candy stores as opposed to modern ones?

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        free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 11, 2010 07:31 PM

        Old fashioned candy stores have apothecary jars filled w/ penny candies, homemade fudge and other chocolates, possibly an ice cream soda fountain, licorice ropes, sheets of candy buttons sold individually etc.. A modern candy store would be the Jelly Belly store or those by the pound places in the malls with the large plastic dispensers.

        1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
          sunangelmb Oct 11, 2010 07:38 PM

          The Fudge Shop in Flemington, NJ. Great fudge, hand dipped cholate covered fruit- super good. There is also The candy bar in Flemington, lots of nostalgic treats.one more, the Amish market has a candy stand-up homemade fudge, chocolates. It too is in Flemington.

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        tnsquire Oct 11, 2010 11:37 PM

        big top candy shop in austin texas .even has the soda fountain as well

        1. wekick Oct 12, 2010 05:50 AM

          Crown Candy in St. Louis, Mo. They have a restaurant as well as candy. The most unique thing they have and is barely mentioned on the website is a huge collection collection of chocolate molds. Many are old. You will see choclate from these molds mostly around Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day.


          1. coney with everything Oct 12, 2010 07:19 AM

            For old fashioned candy, not necessarily the candy store experience, Doc Sweets in Clawson MI (north of Detroit) is great

            For a real oldstyle store, Caruso's Soda Fountain in Dowagiac, MI--southwest corner of the state--is the real deal.

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              burgeoningfoodie Oct 12, 2010 08:17 AM

              Mast General Store in either Boone or Valle Crucis, NC

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                yfunk3 Oct 13, 2010 05:22 AM

                Economy Candy in NYC: http://www.economycandy.com/

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                  Steve Green Jul 26, 2011 11:45 AM

                  Another vote for Economy Candy in NYC. Rather than being a faux "Old Tyme" candy store with antiques and high prices, this place has been around forever and is crammed to the hilt with all varieties of candy, both old-fashioned and modern.

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                    Bob W Jul 27, 2011 05:09 AM

                    I'lll gladly third Economy Candy. It smells right and looks right. The selection is mind-boggling. As a bonus, you're within walking distance of Kossar's Bialys, The Doughnut Plant, the pickle man......

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                      verdantone Jul 27, 2011 06:30 AM

                      ....Russ & Daughters, Katz's, Shopsin's. Economy Candy is awesome

                2. Eric in NJ Oct 13, 2010 05:38 AM

                  The Vermont Country Store has allot of old school candy


                  1. Popkin Jul 26, 2011 12:23 PM

                    I grew up going to Nelson's Candy Kitchen around every Christmas to see the candy-cane candy wreaths. Their candies are really good, and the shop is in a historic gold rush town in California.


                    If you love apples and apple pastries, and other old-fashioned apple-based tasties, Cover's (once known as Sonka's when I was growing up) is a lovely little place. It's part "attraction," part historic site, part restaurant, part bakery http://coversappleranch.com/

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                      pine time Jul 26, 2011 12:30 PM

                      Schneider's Candy and Ice Cream in Bellevue, KY (across from Cincinnati)--been there forever, makes their own candies (opera creams are the best) and wonderful homemade ice cream. It's even in the Off The Beaten Path guides.

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                        chocolatetartguy Jul 26, 2011 07:24 PM

                        Miette Bakery in SF has a candy store in Hayes Valley. Unless they've changed their policy, they don't make their own candy, but when I visited my friend there, she had many jars of hard candies including horhound and some nice root beer barrels.

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                          rabaja Jul 28, 2011 10:07 PM

                          Miette has lots of great European imports, some really nice stuff from France and Italy.
                          The Candy Store on Polk at Vallejo in SF has more old-fashioned offerings, with the old-fashioned jars, ten kinds of licorice, owner from NYC, etc.. I love them both.

                        2. Tripeler Jul 29, 2011 12:14 AM

                          Tracy L,
                          Very close to you would be some of the stores in Old Sacramento. A few have rather large assortments of old-style candies. Just a thought...

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