There is no “perfect” time for candy. Sure, it’s a great go-to gift for many occasions, but it’s also fun to incorporate sweet treats into everyday life as well. The Denver area has plenty of candy stores from which to choose. Alongside classic candy shops with nostalgic treats, there are candy shops in which you can have a bowl of ice cream, and others in which you can choose from decadent truffles. Whichever is your favorite, there is a store to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Hammond’s Candy Factory
5735 N. Washington St.
Denver, CO 80216
A popular tour destination as well as a store, Hammond’s Candy Factory offers a variety of sweet treats for any occasion. This factory cooks up anything you can imagine and has plenty of themed gift baskets for any occasion. Uniquely flavored candy bars like S’mores, red velvet cake and peanut butter and jelly are a must try for visitors. Traditionalists can also find plain chocolate bars, lollipops and candy corn. Along with a well organized shop, visitors can tour the factory to see how their favorites are made.
3000 E. 3rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
A recent addition to Cherry Creek North, Sugarlicious offers an assortment of delicious candy alongside stylish personal accessories. Sugarlicious has gummies, chocolates, hard candies and much more from brands like Jelly Belly, Sugarpova and JJ’s Sweets, out of Boulder. The store also offers wallets, jewelry and more from Lily Pulitzer and other designers. Sugarlicious has gluten-free and vegan options for those with dietary restrictions so they can enjoy candy as well. The shop itself is whimsically decorated with vibrant colors, which makes for a fun and inviting atmosphere.
Piece, Love & Chocolate
805 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
As indicated by the name, Piece, Love & Chocolate has a vast array of chocolates of all types from truffles and bars to cookies. Owned and operated by Chef and professional chocolatier Sarah Amorese, Piece, Love & Chocolate offers plenty of creative confections made with natural, high-quality ingredients. The shop also offers classes such as truffle making and a cafe in which you can enjoy hot and cold chocolate drinks along with espresso concoctions. Chocolate lovers will appreciate the imagination that goes into these chocolate treats, and they make excellent gifts as well.
1235 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
While Peppercorn is known for its kitchen goods, the store also sells an excellent selection of candy. Carrying chocolate bars from Chocolove and Boulder Popcorn, Peppercorn is your place for Colorado-based candy. The second floor of the store is where most of the gourmet food is housed, so if you’re looking for the candy, head upstairs. Along with tasty treats, Peppercorn has candy dishes, and fun kitschy gifts that you can use to surprise your friends. The store also has a wide selection of cookbooks in case you want to create your own candy at home.
7523 Grandview Ave.
Arvada, CO 80002
Located in Olde Town Arvada, Scrumptious not only sells candy, but also homemade, natural ice cream made in house. Flavors include bananas foster, pumpkin cheesecake and whiskey vanilla, among others, and they’re all decadent and rich. Scrumptious also offers a wide selection of candies from lollipops to chocolate bars. The shop is known for fast and friendly service, along with its pig sculpture that sits outside of the shop. Scrumptious is always open to customer feedback, so if you have a flavor idea or a candy request, contact the shop via its website.
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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.