CANDY RULES THE HOLIDAYS

Candy Rules the Holidays
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St Louis’ World of Delectable Confections – Candy Rules!

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) With Halloween right around the corner and the holiday season following shortly after, it struck me that it’s time to make sure everyone knows the best places to buy your trick-or treats!  After all, Halloween is one of the most beloved American holidays, and there’s no doubt its one where candy reigns.  It’s been reported that the average American eats 24 pounds of candy a year, and most of that is likely devoured around this time of year.

Your average kid is probably going to be satisfied with well-known name-brand candies from your corner Walgreens or CVS, and most grocery stores, but St. Louis has plenty of specialty candy shops for the pickier, more adventurous candy lovers.  Whether you’re looking for nostalgic candy, gourmet chocolate or just plain unusual creations that could be ideal for your creepy Halloween party, there are definitely fun choices out there.

Here’s a list of five that I feel are worth noting, and perfect for that holiday shopping trip.

1. Miss M’s Candy Boutique- 6193 Delmar Boulevard

Miss M’s Candy Boutique, located in the Loop, opened in 2010 and just recently added a second location at 500 North Grand, in the heart of the exciting Grand Center district.  The family owned business is run by Lee and Sharon Echols and their three daughters Danielle, Meghan, and Morghan.  Besides Snickers, Twix, and the other familiar choices, expect to find higher-end, much harder-to-find items.  There are more than 500 kinds of candy to choose from, including some interesting selections like chocolate-covered bacon, skull-shaped gummies, and lollipops with crickets on the inside.  Miss M’s Candy Boutique also features a variety of candies for the health conscious that are sugar free, fat free, and reduced fat products.  In addition, the shop offers a candy-catering service and customized candy gift baskets.  Just tell them what you want, and they’ll make it happen.

2. Sweet Be’s Candy & Gifts- 12027 Manchester Road

If you were on a treasure hunt looking for gold, shopping at Sweet Be’s is a very similar experience for candy lovers!  Opened in 2002 by husband-and-wife team Steve and Chris Tini, Sweet Be’s is a unique one-stop shop for sweet treats.  And it’s the perfect place to stock up on all your Halloween goodies.  Where else can you find pumpkin pretzels, in house-dipped chocolate-dipped ghost Peeps in custom “boo bags” to pass on to your neighbors?  You’ll find 21 colors of M&M’s, over 50 flavors of jelly beans, and oodles of yummy gourmet chocolate.  They also offer snack treats, retro candies, custom color M&M’s, Jelly Belly’s, cute stuffed animals, personalized gifts, Uglydolls, Webkinz, Embellish Your Story Magnetic Collection, and more.  There are pre-made gift baskets and candy bouquets including custom baskets and bouquets.  Have a great day finding exactly what you’re looking for while having a whole lot of fun doing it!

3. How Sweet Is This- 802 De Mun Avenue, Clayton

Formerly known as, Oh Lolli Lolli, this fun neighborhood candy shop is packed with all the treats that any kid could hope to score.  Located in the quaint Hi-Pointe- DeMun Historical Business District, they specialize in bulk candy by the pound, luscious gourmet chocolates, a huge number of everybody’s favorite gummies, and loads of nostalgic candies and gifts.  And even though they call themselves “The Itsy Bitsy Candy Shoppe,” there’s plenty of room to stock up with all the fabulous, fun treats to satisfy the young and the old.  Yes, adults love their candy to and this shop carries lots of throwback candies like Sugar Daddies and Chick-o-Sticks, and twenty different colors of Sixlets.  Don’t forget, this was named one of the Best Candy Stores in the Country by Food Network Magazine.  So, this year when you go out to start loading up on your Halloween and other holiday candies, remember how lucky we all are to have this fun specialty candy store right here in our city.

4. General Candy Company- 4800 Oleatha Ave.

Located in the Tower Grove South neighborhood just off of Kingshighway, this has to be one of the best kept secrets around. General Candy is a wholesale candy and snack supplier with tons of every kind of candy you can imagine, and one where the term “feeling like a kid in a candy store” fits perfectly.  This Hellwege family owned business has been around since 1924 and also sell snacks, chips and wide variety of concession supplies.  Some Yelp reviewers call it the “freshest candy in town.”  They describe it as a small candy warehouse that’s open to the public.  And evidently, it’s one that has cheaper prices than Sam’s or Costco. GCC has popular name brands like Twix & Payday and names I’d forgotten, but also many names such as 5th Avenue, Zagnut, and Zero, that we all loved as kids.  You’ll also find Laffy Taffy, Pez, and other nostalgic candies that will bring back memories of your childhood.  They also have sugar free kinds for those who can’t overdose on sugar.  You can find candy, mints, gum, individually packed chips/cookies, candy toys, snow cone supplies, food service supplies and much more.  So whether you use it as you go-to place for Halloween treats or you’re just craving a bit of sugar, it’s a candy mecca that you’ll definitely want to check out.

5. Rocket Fizz-6303 Delmar Boulevard, University City

Wrapping up my top five places to head out to for your Halloween trick-or-treats is Rocket Fizz located in University City.  The eclectic California-based chain currently has outposts in a number of states, and we’re happy to say that one of those states is Missouri.  It is independently owned by Franchisee Mark & Cheryl Strahm, and their friend Michael Rohrbacker.  With thousands of candies and more than 500 old-fashioned sodas available at any given time, it’s a no brainer that this establishment would take off in several different states.  The store also sells numerous novelty and gag gifts, like Smurfs thermos and Superman lunchboxes, just to name a few.  You can expect to find creative and some of the most unique candy selections, pre-packaged treats and tubs overflowing with the scrumptious bulk goodies around.  Interested in trying a s’mores or mud pie soda while you’re shopping for your Halloween goodies? Stop by this fun retro-themed shop to see for yourself.

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