Blame it on our tendency for nostalgia, but we can think of few things sweeter than browsing a candy-colored shop filled with sugary treats. When we were kids, trips to the candy store were the most exciting days of the year. Our parents handed us a few coins, and our eyes widened when we realized that we were headed to the local candy shop. Our hearts beat faster, and we tried to prepare for the decision ahead. Should it be rock candy this time? Chocolate? Lollipops? Gumballs? Or a crunchy pecan praline? Any and all plans disappeared as we entered the sugarcoated wonderland. It was too much. Our little hearts almost couldn’t take it. Walls of confections rose as high as the eye could see. Baked, frosted, glazed, sprinkled, and boxed, we certainly had our favorites, but we weren’t too picky because there were always new flavors to discover and new goodies to try in the candy store. We love this sweet nostalgia, and thankfully, our kids can still have a quintessential Southern candy shop experience too. There are legendary old-fashioned candy shops all across the South, Southern staples that our grandparents and parents frequented, and there are also fantastic new shops filled with memorable treats. From fudge to chocolate pizzas, they have it all.
These local candy shops are quickly becoming sweet, sweet classics.