The Halloween season has us thinking about good candy – not so much the bit s in bags that you toss out to trick-or-treaters on October 31. We are thinking of handmade chocolates and other candies made in the store in small batches with fine ingredients by people for whom candy making is an art. That stuff. Find some of the best sources by browsing below:
Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, 136 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine — This is a mother-daughter-operated business and the two proprietors clearly enjoy selling candy and also making the shop a bright a cheerful place. The shop, which has a party room in the back for kids’ and adult parties, is draped in colorful fabrics and rainbow colored umbrellas. Candy choices run the gamut of old-fashioned bulk candy to delicious chocolate to novelties like Swedish fish and gellied gumdrops, and much more. The place even welcomes customers via smell: that is, the odor of cotton candy greets you at the door. Open daily except Mondays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 207-621-2900. Map.
Chocolate Delicacy, 28 Gilbane Street, Warwick, RI — Wonderful homemade chocolates in every form you could ask for. We have a special liking for the fabulous turtles. The store pays lots of attention to the seasons and holidays, offering neat chocolate gift options for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and all other holidays. Chocolate is tasty, rich, and exquisitely made. Hours: Daily except Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 401-884-4949. Map
Dylan’s Candy Bar at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT — The blast of candy imagery will rock you back on your heels as your approach Dylan’s Candy Bar in the Mohegan Sun casino. Casinos are a place of excess, and Dylan’s follows suit with riotous colors and an enormous array of candies of all descriptions. Whether you’ve won or lost at the slots or table games, you will find plenty of fodder for celebration or consolation. And, Dylan’s is open late, so nighttime prowling is encouraged! Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight. 860-862-3508. Map
Laughing Moon Chocolates, South Main Street, Stowe, VT – Laughing Moon Chocolates a big, big draw in this beautiful ski region town that attracts visitors winter and summer, The company makes its chocolates in an open kitchen on South Main Street; customers can watch the chocolate making as it is underway. Fans of the shop love the chocolate truffles in many flavor variations, salted and vanilla caramels, buttercreams, homemade fudge and butter toffee. Chocolate dipping demonstration happens every day at 2 p.m. Open daily. 802-253-9591. Map.
Byrne & Carlson, 121 State Street, Portsmouth, NH — This small, two-partner artisanal chocolate shop in a small, arty city takes the word “gourmet” very seriously. All the candies are made by the owners on site with the finest ingredients. The cream truffles, marzipan bonbons, and palets des fleurs are an outgrowth of one owner’s training in France. The store’s fruit jellies are produced in small batches with fresh fruits, fruit zests, and purées. Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 603-559-9778. Map.
Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, 122 Derby Street, Salem, MA (978-745-2744) and 59 Main Street, North Andover, MA (978-689-3636) — This candy maker still produces two ancient favorites: peppermint or lemon Gibralters and molasses Blackjacks, both made by hand using the original recipe from the 1800s. Homemade chocolates and fudge in interesting varieties like Snickers and Oreo Cookie are deemed delicious by fans. Two other old-fashioned favorites in the shop are lemon drops saltwater taffy. The flagship store in Salem is near Derby Wharf, the heart of the town’s historic district. Chew or suck on historic flavors as you wander these old and history-laden streets. Open daily. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Salem store map. North Andover store map