[CANDY STORE REVIEW] Visit Candyland a local homemade candy store

An Image of the shelves

Lily Malloy

An Image of the shelves

Candyland is a local store in Minnesota that makes their own candy, you can even go to the stores and see the workers produce it. Candyland is a store that is only in Minnesota, their famous slogan is “Famous since 1932”. The store only has three locations; St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Stillwater. The store had glass jars to display the candies and the simplistic design of the room that draws the shopper’s attention to the large assortment of candies, this design reminded me of the old fashioned candy shops I’ve seen in movies.

The store only has three locations; St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Stillwater. The store had glass jars to display the candies and the simplistic design of the room that draws the shopper’s attention to the large assortment of candies, this design reminded me of the old fashioned candy shops I’ve seen in movies. 

There were a variety of candies to chose from, including homemade chocolate, gummies, different types of popcorn, licorice, peanuts, and lollipops. Shoppers can watch as workers make popcorn and different assortments of chocolate. Because of this most of the candies offered were relatively expensive. You could create any collection of chocolate for $18.99 a pound, or create tins of popcorn with any different variety you wanted. Every candy was priced but the pound however candy can be bought at any amount, I bought 4 ounces it was $2.75. 

First I decided to try the caramel corn that I had seen being made right in front of me. They also offer cheese popcorn, chocolate popcorn and, for fans of the classics, regular popcorn. The caramel corn was delicious. It was crunchy at first but melted in my mouth leaving a buttery stickiness in my mouth. I would highly recommend this popcorn. 

The store had glass jars to display the candies and the simplistic design of the room that draws the shopper’s attention to the large assortment of candies”

Next, I chose a few items that were more chocolate-based such as butter toffee bars covered in chocolate and peanut butter cups. Finally, I decided to step out of my comfort zone with old fashioned sponge candy, which I’d never heard of before. Inside the chocolate was honeycomb toffee. It was brittle and a little messy but it was very good. 

Then I tried the homemade peanut butter cup, which was amazing. The smooth peanut butter was naturally sweet and fresh although it did not have an even ratio of chocolate to peanut butter. The chocolate on the outside was also very good however if you do not like thicker chocolate to the peanut butter cup you may not enjoy this treat as much. 

Finally, I tried the butter toffee bars covered in chocolate because I had always loved this candy. At first, it was hard to bite into the thick toffee, but once I bit into it, it was delicious. It was much sweeter than other butter toffee bars I have tried, but that was perfect for my sweet tooth. 

I decided that I needed one last candy that was not chocolate, eventually settling on the Swedish fish. Although tasty, they didn’t really stand out, instead, tasting like most Swedish fish I have tried. However, Candyland provides many different gummies and candies other than chocolate. 

Overall I had a fun experience looking at an old fashioned candy shop that is very successful and convenient. If you do not live by a Candyland store, there is one in St. Paul you could visit when you are not at SPA. Candyland also offerers delivery from Doordash, so you can experience the sweet homemade candies delivered to your door. 

Critic’s Review: 4/5 stars