Whether you’re the proud owner of a sweet tooth or a whole mouth full of sweet molars clamoring for all the sugary, gummy, or chocolate-smothered deliciousness you can get your hands on, everyone has a craving for sweets now and then. Fortunately, straight out of your wildest Candyland dreams, Idaho has a number of these old-fashioned confection shops ready to send you straight into chocolate heaven… or a delicious sugar coma. From potato fudge and handcrafted sweets to vintage favorites, these candy shops and chocolatiers know how to make a body swoon. Check it out!
1. Mrs. Honeypeeps Sweet Shop, Coeur d'Alene
If wall to wall options of throwback penny candies, fresh fudge, and delicious cupcakes sounds like the perfect way to make you feel like a kid in a candy store, then this is the place for you. If not, then perhaps the adult-sized gumball machine will!
2. The Chocolate Foundry, Ketchum
A classic resort candy shop in the heart of Idaho, the Chocolate Foundry takes its sweet treat offerings to the next level by offering guilt-free FroYo as well -- mix in a few of the by-the-pound candies for a delicious desert to enjoy in this destination town!
3. The Chocolat Bar, Boise
Every type of truffle, toffee, and delicacy imaginable is handmade here, often seasonally-inspired, and paired with a local cider, wine, or beer for a flavor symphony that you won't find anywhere else. Chocolate lovers, rejoice!
4. Cowgirl Chocolates, Moscow
If you haven't tasted the "cowgirl kick" magic of these handmade chocolates by artist and chocolate-lover Marilyn Lysohir, you're missing out! Award-winning and spicy in all the right ways, this little shop offers an assortment of bite-sized goodies, chocolate sauces, and mixes that will make your mouth explode.
5. Sweet Hope, Nampa
This unique Treasure Valley chocolatier is not only beloved for their handcrafted confections, but renowned for their award winning Spud Fudge -- delicious chocolates made with actual Idaho potatoes. How awesome is that? Even better: every time you purchase fudge from Sweet Hope, they donate to the local Hope Project. So really, has there ever been a better reason to indulge?
6. Idaho Candy Company, Boise
This original and aptly-named chocolatier is the home of the world-famous Idaho Spud Bar, but they've been crafting other Idaho-style chocolate confections (and more) since 1901. After 115 years in business, you can bet they're doing a thing or two right! Here, housed in their original, historic downtown setting you'll find all your favorite classic Idaho candies, like Huckleberry Gems and Old Faithful bars. While you can't get a tour of the factory, simply stepping inside the shop is a wonderful nostalgic experience that you won't want to miss.
7. Runnin 4 Sweets, Rexburg
Specializing in international candies and bottled sodas, Runnin 4 Sweets carries what is quite possibly the largest and most diverse inventory of sugary treats in the state. Retro classics fill large glass jars to be devoured by the pound, while novelties like Turkish Delight and British toffees are around every corner.
8. Goody's, Boise
As if a scenic location in Boise's historic Hyde Park area wasn't enough, this cute cottage-style candy shop offers more than just delicious candies. From gourmet (aka mind-blowing) dipped Oreos and fresh chocolate-covered gummi bears, to seasonal treats, you'll fall in love with the both the confections and the original old-fashioned soda fountain here... not to mention the quaint, community setting.
9. McCall Candy Co., McCall
Famous caramel apples, throwback salt water taffy, and handmade fudges and barks make the McCall Candy Co. a must-stop in this cozy town. Life doesn't get any sweeter!
10. Weiser Classic Candy, Weiser
For the love of chocolate, this quaint chocolatier and ice cream parlor in the cozy town of Weiser has been quietly making a name for itself across the country for its tastebud-rocking chocolates that reviewers have repeatedly named the best chocolates on earth. Handmade for decades, whether enjoying the creamy decadence of a velvet mint or the sinful wonders of chocolate covered bacon, every confection created here has just a touch of homegrown love mixed in.
Life is better with chocolate, am I right? Each of these wonderful businesses may boast delicious candy selections, but they also deserve a little love for keeping the old-fashioned tradition of candy-making alive and well. Fortunately, even if you’re a little too far from these wonderful shops, many of them supply their confections to other local gift shops and vendors – simply give them a call so you can taste what the fuss is all about!