PHOTO: Dylan's Candy Bar, Miami (Photo courtesy Dylan's Candy Bar)
Get your sweet tooth ready because it’s National Candy Day on Nov. 4.
It’s appropriate that this national celebration of sugary confections comes immediately after Halloween when every kid around the country is laser-focused on how many packets of M&Ms and Sour Patch Kids they got in their trick-or-treat bags. For those who missed out on the fun, swing by one of these super sweet candy shops to get in on the sugar rush.
Dylan's Candy Bar, Miami
Dylan’s Miami outpost has everything your sweet tooth desires from candy confections to homemade ice cream to sweet-filled private parties. The inside of the shop is filled with a rainbow of candy colors with lollipops adorning shelves, acrylic tubs filled with sweets for bulk purchases and T-shirts gifts and more.
The original shop is located on popular shopping street Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Other Dylan’s Candy Bars can be found in cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and more.
Schimpff’s Confectionery, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Schimpff’s is one of the oldest, continuously operating candy stores in the country. The shop has been open in its current location in Jeffersonville’s downtown historic district since 1891.
Going far beyond the typical candy confections, the store has an old-fashioned soda fountain, a lunch room, candy-making demonstrations and a candy museum.
Sweet! Hollywood, Los Angeles
This isn’t really a candy store so much as a candy experience. Sweet! can best be described as a sort of candy amusement park with themed areas and bars where you can make your own candy dreams come true. If you had ever dreamed of a Willa Wonka coming to life, Sweet! may just be the place for you.
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Nelson’s Columbia Candy Kitchen, Columbia, Calif.
Nelson’s is located in California’s Columbia State Historic Park with two other locations in Murphys and Sonora. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this shop has been run by five generations of Nelson family members and offers some of the finest handmade confections in the country.
To make your visit truly special, at Christmastime, you can watch as they handcraft candy canes the old fashioned way every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1 p.m.
Candy Babel, Portland, Ore.
Treats from around the world stock the shelves of this confectionary. There motto is “you may not have a chance to travel the world to learn multiple languages, but at Candy Babel, you can experience the world one bite at a time.”
In true Portland fashion, they have candy for every type of sweet tooth with vegan, gluten-free, corn-free, dye-free options for those shopping for treats.