By Leon A. Sylvester
Who doesn’t love candy? Whether it’s chocolate, taffy, gummies or lollypops, we all have a favorite treat, which we need to satisfy our sweet tooth from time to time. There are a wide variety of excellent Candy shops scattered throughout the state but here is a list of some our favorites to visit next time you need your sugar fix!
1552 Post Road. Fairfield, CT. 06824
Mon-Thru: 10a.m to 6p.m. Fri & Sat; 10a.m-10p.m. Sun; noon-8p.m.
Originally located in Norwalk, Sweet Rexie’s moved in 2009 and now resides in the heart of downtown Fairfield and offers a wide variety of traditional and nostalgic candies which can be purchased by the pound. They offer more than 200 hundred varieties of sweets to enjoy and can design the perfect gift basket of treats for your next occasion. Sweet Rexie’s also sells gifts, party favors, kid’s clothing and has a full service Ice cream Parlor inside their shop!
Wanda’s Sugar Shack
8 Harbor Walk
Milford, CT. 06460
Mon-Fri: 11a.m. – 5p.m. Sat; noon-5p.m.
Wanda’s Sugar Shack has been a staple in town for over 37 years. The location has changed a couple of times, due to fire and flooding but Wanda’s has been going strong at this location since 2000. The shop is filled with hundreds of classic candies and newly created treats. The shop also sells a wide selection of candy making equipment and supplies. Wanda’s Sugar Shack owner, Wanda Hornack suggests trying the original Turkish Taffy, which has returned to her shop after nearly 15 years, or her very own chocolate covered bacon which is the hottest seller of the summer.
293 Main Street, Ansonia, CT. 06041
Tues-Fri: 11:30a.m. – 5:30p.m. Sat: 11a.m. – 4p.m.
Chez Lollypop offers a wide variety of delicious candies and confections for any event or occasion. The shop specializes in wedding candy buffets, centerpieces and Sweet favors and gifts for every occasion. The shop also sells a variety of traditional candies and treats including liquorish, taffies and of course lollypops. Chez Lollipop’s truffles are delicious and for those looking for a treat with less sugar, I highly recommend the Dark chocolate Banana Truffle!
Sweet Treats on Center Street
218 Center Street,
Wallingford, CT. 06492
Mon-Fri: 12:00p.m. – 8p.m. Sat: 10a.m.-5p.m.
Inspired by the old time candy stores Sweet Treats on Center Street offers customers over 250 types of bulk style candies to choose from. In addition to candy the shop sells coffees, popcorn, ice cream and snow cones. The shop specializes in customizable build your own gift baskets which can be designed for any occasion or event. Sweet Treats also carries a wide variety of piñatas and party favors.
Best of the Rest: Sweet Piere’s in Ridgefield & Wilton, H. Mangels Confectioner in Milford and Bridgewater Chocolate in Brookfield.
If your sweet tooth is still unsatisfied, check out our Best Bakeries in Connecticut!
Leon A. Sylvester lives in the Housatonic Valley and has been an avid boater and angler for over 25 years. He is a featured weekly outdoor columnist in Hersam Acorn Newspapers throughout southwestern CT.. and is a founding director of FOTHR (Friends of the Housatonic River) which is a non-profit enviromental watchdog organization protecting the shores of the lower Housatonic River. You can follow him on twitter @ Fishingreporter.