"I got a golden ticket.” Those are the words that I longed to exclaim as a child after watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Having that one golden ticket that grants access into the grandest of all candy stores is the height of all childhood dreams. Many candy stores find ways to turn the average candy shopping into an experience that rivals Willy Wonka’s factory, from candy piping out of walls, to interactive candy shopping. Sure, there's Dylan's Candy Bar and It's Sugar, but we found some of the best local candy shops on Long Island to satisfy any sweet tooth.
317 Bedford Ave.
My Candi offers a fun and edgy twist to traditional candy stores. This store’s motto is “A Sweet Destination” and once inside the store, it is clear why. With swanky glass tables, funky black furniture, and a high-tech futuristic lounge with flat screens, visitors might just forget they are in a candy store. The candy selection at My Candi is enormous, with walls upon walls of candy, and features towering candy machines such as the Jelly Belly machine and the Pucker Powder machine. My Candi also specializes in homemade candies and ice cream to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Sweeties Candy Cottage
142 E. Main St.
24 A Main St. [OUT OF BUSINESS]
Sweeties Candy Cottage has an old-time candy store feel. From the lively colors of the establishment to the selection of nostalgic candy throughout the store, one feels transported back in time. Sweeties has candy from every decade and era, and also offers homemade candy. There are creative candy concoctions and combinations such as the Pop More Volcano, which is a tower of popcorn, M&M’s, chocolate, and s'mores that are shaped into a volcano with caramel lava spewing from the top. Or, try the fun “Oh Ma Ma” candies.
The Candy Store
1061 Willis Ave.
Ever enjoyed eating a Baby Ruth while lying on a gigantic Baby Ruth? Known as a candy pillow, these comfy pillows are gigantic forms of favorite candies, sure to make one have sweet dreams. This is just one of the many cool candy features sold at The Candy Store. Among its plethora of candies, The Candy Store features fun candy favorites such as Wax Lips, Candy Buttons, and String Your Own Candy Necklaces.
The Sweet Spot Shoppe
128 Manetto Hill Rd.
In the mood for pizza? Candied pretzel pizza that is? This pizza is just one of the many candied creations at The Sweet Spot Shoppe. The Sweet Spot Shoppe offers several different varieties of candies and is known for its personalized creations. Other specialty candy items include a lollipop with an edible picture of a family member or a loved one.
Bobb Howard's General Store
581 Lakeville Rd.
New Hyde Park
Bobb Howard's General Store specializes in vintage candy and toys. Here at this general store, it’s not uncommon to see a particular brand of candy popular in the 1920's and 1930's. Bobb Howard's General Store also features a fun assortment of candy, such as siren whistle rings and chocolate spaghetti. Once inside Bobb Howard's General Store, feel the old-time nostalgia that is sure to bring out the candy lover in anyone.
18 East Main St.
There's a great selection at this gourmet candy shop, from candy sushi to a box of bugger candy. The store has a full selection of gourmet chocolates, candies by the barrel, novelty items, and gift baskets. The store is operated by a nonprofit, the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk Inc. All proceeds from the store fund programs that assist individuals, groups, and improve lives.
197 Main St.
This store sells a full line of Jelly Belly jelly beans. It also has a huge selection of gourmet chocolates, novelty items, and gift baskets. The store also hosts birthday parties.
Ralph Rottens Candy & Nut Shoppe
2425 Middle Country Road
Ralph Rottens Candy & Nut Shoppe is known for nut gift baskets and trays, but also has a great candy store. In addition to nuts and chocolates, Ralph Rottens Candy & Nut Shoppe offers a full array of candies, including bulk candy, old-fashioned candy, novelty items, and sugar-free candy.
Updated by Jill Wolfson on 7/27/13