Despite the growing technology and bulk grocery stores, candy shops are still around. And it’s not just for the nostalgia. These shops offer the greatest variety around and often include the “make your own goodie bag” option, which is basically the best thing ever. If you have a sweet tooth that just can’t be satisfied, there’s no better place to go. In fact, these candy shops already have my mouth watering. See for yourself:
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1. Gumdrops & Lollipops
334 Main Street
Niantic, CT 06357
Are you ready for some old fashion seaside charm? Located just off of Hole-in-the-Wall Beach, this candy shop features homemade fudge in addition to its large assortment of hard candies and chocolates. They also serve clam fritters, fries and more, making it a perfect summer stop for beach goers.
2. The Chocolate Shell
18 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Nicknamed the "Sweetest Place In Town," this little shop is a great place to find gourmet sweets like handmade truffles and pretzels covered in dark chocolate and sea salt. They even have vegan, dairy free and gluten free options so everyone can enjoy.
3. Mr. D's
50 North Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492
Not only do they have all your favorite old school candies, but they have ice cream and cupcakes too. With their collection of toys and brightly colored space, kids are guaranteed to enjoy a visit.
4. Sweet Emotions Candy
Please note, Sweet Emotions Candy has permanently closed.
9 Dog Lane, Suite 106B, Storrs, CT 06268
There are over 400 choices of candy lining the shelves of this small town candy store. Retro candies are a huge hit, but they also have organic, kosher and more. You'll probably end up shopping by the handful at this irresistible shop.
92 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897
This ice cream shop and candy store pit stop is a local favorite. A popular summer destination, this waterfront destination often has live music and is a great place to visit after a night out at one of the nearby restaurants. This is Wilton's "happy place" and the selection is wonderful.
6. Deborah Ann's Sweet Shoppe
381 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Tons of homemade sweets, including fudge, can be found at this old fashioned shop. In addition to their assortment of novelty candies they also offer homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet. But it's the chocolate that we can't get enough of.
7. The Sweet Tooth
655 Main Street, Plymouth, CT 06782
This barn style shop has tons of small town charm. Though it has a sizeable selection of candies, locals love this place for its generous ice cream portions. Enjoy a scoop on the patio and take some of their nostalgic treats for the road. Old school doesn't get any better than this.
8. Fuzziwig's Candy Factory
Please note, Fuzziwig's Candy Factory has permanently closed.
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets; 20 Killingworth Turnpike, # 115, Clinton, Connecticut 06413
This shop loves being all about the kids, but adults love visiting as well. The bright colored walls and massive displays light up the face of visitors from 7 months to 80 years. They're all about bringing back the nostalgia of neighborhood candy stores and celebrating the sugary sweetness of your favorite treats.
9. Dylan's Candy Bar
Please note, Dylan’s Candy Bar has permanently closed.
Mohegan Sun; 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT 06382
You may not have known this, but there's a smaller version of this New York giant right here in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun. It's a great place to go if you're interested in creating your own treat bag. But be careful! Since you pay by the weight, exercising some self control will keep you from emptying your wallet. But with all the options it will be hard to choose just a few.
10. Berry's Ice Cream & Candy Bar
60 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
New London's downtown waterfront is made even better by this sugarcoated gem. Open 3 seasons a year, this small shop features 30 flavors of ice cream with over 50 topping options and a wide variety of novelty candies as well. Made with local farm fresh dairy this is one candy shop you absolutely have to visit.
If these candy shops got you drooling, head to Buffalo, New York for a visit to their incredibly
massive candy store!