Mmmm, candy. Sweet, sweet confections that bring a smile to our faces. It’s one thing to pick up a bag of gummy bears at the drugstore; it’s an entirely different experience to walk into a candy store and pick out a special treat for yourself (or someone else if you’re feeling generous). These 11 candy stores will give you that sugar rush you’ve been craving.
1. Baker's Candies, Greenwood
Those distinctive multi-colored wrapped chocolates in the cellophane bags that you see everywhere in Nebraska around Christmas? They come from Baker's. Their retail outlet in Greenwood is packed full of absolutely delectable goodies.
2. Big Red Nebraska Popcorn, Scottsbluff
There's a fine line between sweet popcorn and candy, and this place is on the right side of that line. Their flavored candy-coated popcorns are crunchy, sweet, and impossible to put down. They come in a wide variety of unique flavors to please anyone's palate.
3. Chocolaterie Stam, Papillion
This locally-owned franchise location is a little bit of elegance in Shadow Lake Towne Center. Featuring drool-worthy Belgian chocolates along with other fine European imports (not to mention the amazing gelato and coffee), Stam is one store you won't mind splurging in.
4. The Cordial Cherry, Omaha
The story of The Cordial Cherry is almost as sweet as the store's candies. One woman started selling chocolate covered cherries to pay her tuition and the business eventually grew into a nationally recognized artisanal chocolate shop. Cherry cordials might be the centerpiece, but there are plenty of other fine, hand-crafted chocolate treats here.
5. Hollywood Candy, Omaha
Located inside Fairmont Antiques and Mercantile in the Old Market, Hollywood candy is a completely unique experience. You can find almost every kind of candy you can think of, all mixed up with delightfully bizarre collectibles and memorabilia.
6. The Incredible Bulk, Grand Island
It's hard to even write about this place with all of the drool all over my keyboard. This store carries all of your favorites, from individually packaged boxes of treats to scoopable bins full of loose sweets. I want to bury my face in a bin of Sixlets.
7. Licorice International, Lincoln
If you're a licorice aficionado, you know that the chewy red stuff isn't technically licorice...but you'll find it here along with about a million other types of licorice from all around the world. There are even some non-licorice products in the mix.
8. Old Market Candy Shop, Omaha
The Old Market's original candy shop has been serving up the sweets since 1977. Their house-made fudge is legendary, and just walking into the store feels like walking into a classic sweet shop from decades ago with glass jars full of candies sitting on the counter.
9. Rocket Fizz, Lincoln
Rocket Fizz is a nationwide franchise chain, and the location in Lincoln is independently owned and operated. Step inside and you're surrounded by candy from every generation as well as some very weird (in a good way) decor and hundreds of types of soda. You kind of get a sugar buzz just breathing the air in the store.
10. Russell Stover, Omaha
There are quite a few Russell Stover stores around the country, but this is the only one in Nebraska. It features exclusive chocolate boxes that can't be found anywhere else along with a delicious espresso bar. Hate picking around the candies you don't like? You can even build a custom box of hand-selected chocolates.
11. Serendipity Chocolate Factory, Tekemah
Located inside Master's Hand Candle and Gift Co., Serendipity features hand-made chocolates that are each an individual work of art. The family-owned business uses generations-old recipes for their delicious treats...and they even give free samples!
Well, Nebraska, which candy store is your favorite? Did we miss any important ones? Let us know in the comments.