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Dark Chocolate to Salt Water Taffy: Metro D Candy Shops

By: Toni Cunningham | February 3, 2014

There’s something about old-fashioned candy that holds a sense of nostalgia. Whether your favorite candy comes from the 1950s or present day, walking into a candy shop automatically brings you back to your childhood and makes you feel like, well, a kid in a candy store.

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, now is the perfect time to check out any (or all) of the following Metro Detroit candy shops. If you’re shopping for sweets for someone other than yourself, you have an excuse, right?

The Candy Trail, 942 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth, carries all sorts of candies, from candy necklaces to gummy worms to Maple Nut Goodies. They’ve got over 20 different flavors of jelly beans and 20 plus colors of M&Ms. In addition to bulk and old fashioned candies, you can make your own pixy stick, courtesy of The Candy Trail’s pucker powder dispenser. Note: keep any and all small children away from the SUGAR MACHINE.

The store offers birthday parties for children, and carries several Michigan-made products, including Fort Fudge (made in Mackinaw City), Hanover’s Michigan Mints and Sanders chocolates and candies.

The Sweet Spot Candy Shop, 1340 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills, has every type of candy your heart could potentially desire, including nearly 30 varieties of salt-water taffy, Necco wafers, licorice, rock candy, and much more.

Remember those old-fashioned stick candies? The ones that come in flavors like island punch, watermelon, cotton candy and blueberry? The Sweet Spot Candy Shop has got them all. Even if you don’t feel like hopping in your car and heading to the actual store, you’re in luck. You can order bulk candy online and have it shipped right to your door!

Z’s Penny Candy, 17511 Stephens Dr., Eastpointe, carries a little bit of everything—bulk candy, Red Hots, ring pops, cotton candy, bubble gum and more. For Valentine’s Day, they’ve got candy hearts, small gift boxes, chocolate bears and roses, and more. How romantic, eh?

They also serve Hershey’s Ice Cream, a premium local brand based in Farmington Hills. Everyone knows that goes better with Sweet Tarts and Sprees than a cone of Mackinaw Island Fudge.

Doc Sweets’ Candy Company, 135 N. Rochester Rd., Clawson, has the usual suspects in stock, as well as a few more unusual finds. This candy store carries both imported candies and, for those of you adventurous readers out there, chocolate covered insects. While I’m generally a fan of chocolate coated anything, I draw the line at bugs.

Visiting Doc Sweets’ Candy is “like being a kid again, only sweeter!” Unlike most, the shop is open seven days a week, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth no matter when a craving hits.

Gji’s Sweet Shoppe, 3368 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, is an online and in-store candy shop that includes an assortment of treats like Airheads, Now & Laters, Tootsie Rolls, Dum Dums, and more. They have candies that they sell by color to suit your wedding or various party needs, and Gji’s also crafts gift baskets for any occasion.

Nothing says, “Happy Valentine’s Day, honey!” quite like a box of Boston Baked Beans, am I right?

The Rocket, 122 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, is a candy and gift store that sells both novelty items and sugary goodness. The candy collection includes Abba-Zaba bars, Pop Rocks, Zagnuts, Goo Goo Clusters, Mallo Cups and more. They’ve even got “nostalgic candy mix” boxes from each era beginning with the 1950s through the 1990s.

You’ll find even more in the bulk candy department, like milk chocolate covered raisins, Swedish Fish, gummy fruit slices, Root Beer Barrels, and more.

Instead of sweating over what to gift your sweetheart with this Valentine’s Day, take a trip to the bulk candy isle of any of the above candy shops and you’ll be covered. Or, perhaps, drown your single sorrows in a bag or two of malted milk balls. Whichever works.