Oh, who am I kidding? CandyLand is paradise for anyone.
We drove from downtown Minneapolis, through a Zombie Crawl (luckily it hadn't started yet), into St. Paul. I know there are locations in Minneapolis, but at the time, I didn't know exactly where to find CandyLand, so I drove 10 miles into St. Paul--the original store founded in 1932 on Wabasha.
Walking into CandyLand, you can smell the history. It was originally known as Flavocorn. In 1938, Flavocorn was sold to a man named Arnie Kelsy who named the store CandyLand. In 1981, the current owners, the Lambs, purchased the business. Doug had worked in CandyLand as a kid and felt right at home. In 1988, they created the Chicago Mix popcorn blend which is famous throughout the country.
Chicago Mix is a treat with homemade butter popcorn, chunks of caramel corn, and the best tasting cheese popcorn all combined. It is a little taste of heaven.
From homemade chocolates to gummis to jawbreakers to licorice to taffy to nuts to sour candies to fudge, you are in candy heaven. They even have some sugar-free options for those who need or want them.
Everything is priced by the pound and they have a dollar minimum. But for a dollar, you receive a lot of candy. Each of my children were perfectly happy with their dollar bag from CandyLand: Mexican hats, chocolate covered gummi bears, Swedish fish, and snowcaps for the kids. And peanut butter cups for Daddy.
When I couldn't figure out what I wanted to buy for myself, I decided on a pound of Chicago Mix.
Yum! Even for this chocoholic, you can't go wrong with this specialty blend.Joy likes to get the salted caramel bag and then mix it with plain popcorn for movie nights. Yum!
CandyLand is a Twin Cities Icon. It is not only a tasty treat but also a treat to visit. I noticed that all the workers enjoyed their job, that every patron was happy to be there, and that everyone was wearing a smile. But how can you not be? You are in Candyland!
And then, suddenly when you least expect it, in will walk Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.
CandyLand Peanut Allergy Caution
They do provide a word of caution, however. Except for the caramel corn, any of the the treats made in the store should not be eaten by those with peanut allergies. This includes the chocolate and the popcorn. However, the other candies are perfectly fine to indulge.