Crown Candy Kitchen
Indulge your sweet tooth and your taste for nostalgia with a visit to Crown Candy Kitchen, which has been delivering delicious memories to St. Louis families for more than a century. Established in 1913, this local legend makes its own chocolates, but also attracts visitors with its juke box atmosphere, milkshakes and, of course, an over-the-top BLT that's earned it accolades on the Travel Channel.
Crown Candy Kitchen is located at 1401 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63106. Call 314-621-9650 for information.
Though it has been said that life is like a box of chocolates, at Merbs Candies, you always know you're going to get a high-quality treat. A St. Louis tradition since 1921, Merbs Candies is a popular choice for holiday favorites like chocolate-covered strawberries. The suitor who wishes to both win and protect his sweetie's heart can even purchase an assorted box filled with chocolates that are both sugar- and salt-free.
Merbs Candies is located at 4000 S. Grand, St. Louis, MO, 63118; 11644 Concord Village Ave., Sappington, MO, 63128; and 14560 Manchester Rd., Ballwin, MO, 63011. Call 314-832-7117 for the South City location, 314-843-7118 for South County and 636-230-9798 for Ballwin.
Chocololate Chocolate Chocolate Company
For the true chocoholic, Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company offers a sweet treat: an opportunity to peek behind the magic curtain and learn how these delectable morsels are made. Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company offers free factory tours every half hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except at noon) Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5025 Pattison Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110. Call 314-338-3501 for more information.
Need a quick chocolate fix? Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company also has locations throughout St. Louis.
With a private party room and a selection of more than 100 chocolates and candies Sweeties Confections is a treat to visit, but its unique "Candy Buffet" will also bring the sugar to your party or special event.
Sweeties Confections is located at 133 Glen Crossing Rd., Glen Carbon, IL, 62034. Call 618-288-7650 for more information.
Little O's Old Time Soda Fountain
When it's time to reward that little slugger on her first homerun or congratulate your academic on a great report card, Little O's Old Time Soda Fountain in Historic St. Charles is a great destination. Browse a selection of candy from yesterday and today or enjoy a handmade malt in this charming shop.
Little O's Old Time Soda Fountain is located at 125 N. Main St., Ste., 101, St. Charles, MO, 63301. Call 636-724-0978 for more information.
The Caramel House
For too long caramel has been relegated to the supporting role of the chocolate bar. The Caramel House elevates this ooey gooey treat to star by combining it with unexpected flavors like chili, coffee and even lavender.
The Caramel House is located at 9639 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63132. It is also available for purchase at several local groceries stores and online. Call 314-707-5777 for more information.
The Candy Shop, All Grown Up
Looking for a more romantic interpretation of the classic candy shop? St. Louis offers some delicious options:
Give chocolate its due with an upscale chocolate tasting party at Kakao Chocolates. Kakao features high-quality confectionary offerings like marshmallow pies, Mexican bark and bacon brittle. Kakao has locations on Jefferson Avenue and in Clayton and Maplewood; visitors to Kakao Clayton can also enjoy a handcrafted espresso.
Kakao Chocolate is located at 2301 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63104; 7272 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, MO, 63143; and 7720 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO, 63105.
Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier
For a sumptuous chocolate treat worthy of royalty, visit Bissinger's, a chocolatier with a history that's as intriguing and delicious as the candy in its cases. Dating back to Paris, 1668, the Bissinger family was dubbed the "Confiseur Imperial" by King Louis XIV, but you don't have to be a monarch or travel to France to sample these award-winning chocolates. Experience the elegant concoctions for yourself at Bissinger's locations in Plaza Frontenac or Maryland Plaza, or schedule a free factory tour.
Bissinger's is located at 97 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, MO, 63131; and 32 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, MO, 63108. Tours are offered at 1600 N. Broadway, St. Louis, MO, 63102. E-mail [email protected] for reservations.
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