It’s always great to support your community by buying locally, even when all you’re purchasing is candy. If you’ve got Easter baskets to fill or have a sweet tooth, you’ll adore these New Mexican candy stores. These eight shops specialize in everything from chocolate covered Cheetos to imitation meth crystals. Okay, maybe leave that last one out of the Easter baskets!
1. Señor Murphy, Santa Fe
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This candy store pays homage to New Mexico by incorporating popular ingredients from our state into the goodies. The red chile piñon brittle beautifully balances spicy and sweet notes. Señor Murphy also excels at toffee, whether it's English toffee, or piñon toffee.
If you need a polished-looking Easter basket or a decadent gift, check out Señor Murphy's gift baskets.
2. The Candy Crate, Red River
If you're searching for hard-to-find candy from your childhood, The Candy Crate is the place for you. Bottle caps, anyone?
Also, don't leave without picking up some fudge, which comes in fun flavors like green chile.
3. Buffett’s Candy, Albuquerque
Buffett's has been in business since 1956, so they know a thing or two about candy. The selection is large and includes pralines, malt balls, and kookaburra licorice imported from Australia.
The folks here don't use preservatives. Frankly, your stash won't last long enough to need them. Buffett's also uses a lot of local ingredients; the nuts in the pecañero brittle come from Las Cruces.
4. The Candy Lady, Albuquerque
An adult candy store seems like a contradiction in terms... until you enter this store. Let's just say that if you want themed candy for a bachelor or bachelorette party, then you won't be disappointed.
The folks at The Candy Lady are famous for creating candy meth as a prop for the popular "Breaking Bad" series. You can buy bags of these blue crystals - just don't let your kids take them to school!
5. The Candy Store, Angel Fire
Whatever the season, The Candy Store has a themed treat to make your celebration delicious. Expect pink and chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's Day, king cake for Mardi Gras, and candy wreaths for Christmas.
6. Teri’s Sweet Garden, Los Lunas
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This is one creative candy store. There aren't many places where a bowl of oatmeal is indulgent - Teri's version consists of a chocolate-dipped oatmeal cream pie, accompanied by a spoon made from sugar! This is also the place to try sweet n spicy cheeds a.k.a. hot Cheetos dunked in milk chocolate.
7. Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard & Treatery, Rio Rancho
Oh, the fudge! It's made in-store and, although flavors vary throughout the year, keep an eye out for the crème brûlée. If you're not in the mood to commit, fudge sampler packs are also available.
Obviously, the store serves frozen custard, but it also sells marshmallow pops, which are marshmallows buried in fudge and studded with toppings.
8. Walker’s Popcorn Company, Albuquerque
The smell of popcorn greets you at the door to this store. Walker's turns popcorn into candy by making flavors such as cherry cobbler, biscochito, or green chile caramel.