Twin Cities Business Listing

435 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55102
27 E 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
212 Main Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082
St. Paul: 651-292-1191; Minneapolis: 612-332-7752; Stillwater: 651-430-8004
Admission: $0.00
$1.00 minimum on bulk candy purchases
Online Pickup Orders Available
Hours vary by location.
It was a raining Saturday. The kids and I were driving around trying to figure out what to do. Dash said, “I wanna go to a candy store.” CandyLand was the only one I could think of. With locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Stillwater, CandyLand is a child’s paradise. Oh, who am I kidding? CandyLand is paradise for anyone.

Note: Since Gianna originally wrote this article, Andy (our junior reporter) has gathered a list of the best Twin Cities Chocolate and Candy Shops To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth. Of course, CandyLand is among these.

Candyland Storefront in Saint Paul, Minnesota
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. 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!

Kids in front of Peanuts sculptures of Lucy & Snoopy outside the CandyLand Store in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Visiting the CandyLand in Saint Paul

CandyLand Flavocorn & Chicago Mix

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. 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’s Candy

From homemade chocolates to gummies 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.

Boy looks over candy selection at the CandyLand store in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Buy your candy by the pound! $1.00 Goes a Long Way.

CandyLand Peanut Allergy Caution

The candy store does provide a word of caution, however. Except for the caramel corn, many 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.

And then, suddenly when you least expect it, in will walk Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.

Girl poses with the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, the Tin Man and Scarecrow at CandyLand Candy Store in Saint Paul, Minnesota
You just never know who you’ll meet at CandyLand

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