One of the best childhood memories is using your allowance to get some candy from the store. There used to be far more candy stores decades ago, but now there are a few select stores in the area. Whether you are planning a party, building a gingerbread house or just have a sweet tooth, there are great candy stores in the area. Here are the best candy shops in Washington, D.C.
The Sugar Cube
1218 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-2868

With homemade marshmallows, imported licorice, chocolate bars and more, The Sugar Cube is a gourmet candy store that appreciates the classics as well. You will find truffles and sea salt caramels, but you can also get the favorites like gummy bears. Get a twist on the favorites like pink grapefruit gummy bears and chocolate-covered gummy bears. And if you really want to make your kids love you, sign them up for one of the candy making classes or camps.

The Candy Store
7002 Reisterstown Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 653-9900

Candy shops can be fancy and geared more to a sophisticated palate. But sometimes you just want to be overwhelmed by all of the bright colors and options. The Candy Store is the candy shop that makes sweet-toothed kids’ and adults’ mouths water. This place has it all – gummies, chocolate, lollipops, taffy, chewing gum, whatever your heart desires. It even has kosher candy, sugar-free candy, dried fruits and nuts and specialty items.

Sweet Spot
2228 Old Brick Rd.
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 360-7768

Sweet Spot will take you back to a simpler time, when soda came in glasses bottles and candy was a penny. The candy isn’t a penny, but Sweet Spot does have over 70 glass bottle sodas, including some you probably didn’t realize still existed. Pair your old fashioned soda with some old fashioned candy like Bazooka gum, Razzles, Astro Pops and more. This shop also carries allergy-safe candy, international candy and over 150 jars of bulk candy. You will feel like you are in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

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The Candy Man
1351 Lamberton Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 681-1100

Candy can seem like a childish treat that is best kept for holidays like Halloween, but The Candy Man makes candy for all occasions. The store offers candy towers, centerpieces, gift trays, gift baskets, corporate gifts and more. They are perfect for baby showers, birthday parties and holidays like Valentine’s Day. And if you do want something a little more gourmet, The Candy Man has you covered there as well. It offers Bellagio, Empress Truffles, TAZA Mexicano Chocolates and more great brands.

Chocolate Chocolate
1130 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-2190

Chocolate Chocolate is a favorite stop for people living and working in the Dupont Circle-Farragut North area, and for tourists as well. It is known for its amazing chocolate collection, including its chocolate versions of the monuments. The Lincoln Memorial, White House, Washington Monument and Capitol Dome all make for great DC-themed treats. They come in solid milk, dark or white chocolate. And if you want something other than chocolate, there are jelly beans, licorice, gummies and other candy treats.

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