It’s good to eat your peas and carrots. But sometimes you just want CANDY…and the huge sugar rush that comes with it! These 10 candy shops will make kids and grown-ups alike smile!
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1. Anderson's Candy Shop
In Richmond, Anderson's Candy Shop has been here for decades. Some of the favorites: caramel apples, sponge candy, and the Snappers.
Pease's is a family-owned candy store that has been a part of Springfield for decades, now with a new location. They have all sorts of confections that you will love...from the chocolate-covered coffee beans to the caramels. You taste the real butter and sugar and love.
Candyality is an experience, and you can experience it in Chicago. Food Network Magazine voted this place best candy story in Illinois. But don't take their word for it--see it for yourself. It's cool, retro, and there is candy EVERYWHERE.
4. Flesor's Candy Kitchen
Down in Tuscola, Flesor's has been around since the turn of the century (the 20th century, that is). This place is a step back in time, complete with the old cash register. Everything has that classic candy taste--like homemade peanut brittle.
Over in Pekin, Maurie's has been a staple for over 70 years. If you've never checked them out, you HAVE to. Today. They have over 30 varieties of homemade candies and fudge, caramel apples, and caramel nut apples.
6. Rocket Fizz
Rocket Fizz is a soda pop and candy shop in Glenview, Illinois. Yes, sugar can easily come in liquid form. They have TONS of sodas for you to choose from, and an edgy storefront filled to the brim with candies makes this a must-visit.
Lagomarcino's has been in business for a while now...since 1908, to be exact. They have two locations, one in Moline, IL and the other in Davenport, IA. Right now, they are serving up some awesome caramel apples (way better than those packaged ones at the grocery store). They sell candies, chocolates, and ice cream, too.
8. Amy's Candy Bar
Located in Lincoln Square, Amy's Candy Bar has ALL sorts of candies for you to choose from. They've got local artisan candy, imported candy, and even those nostalgia candies.
Why stop at just American candy when you can also sample hundreds of Mexican candies as well? They have some off-the-wall flavors. Adventurous? Try the "Pollito Asado," which is the spicy roasted chicken, peach-flavored lollipops.
10. Cunis Candies
In South Holland, Cunis Candies might not look like too much viewed from the street. But wait till you step inside. It's got all the charm of an old-school candy and ice cream shop. Yes, they sell both! You'll love their house-churned ice cream and all of their handmade chocolates. It's a real treat!
Did your favorite candy shop make the list? Give them a shout-out in the comments.