You’re never too old to get excited about candy. Fortunately, Illinois is home to several excellent candy shops serving up hand-made treats every day. Each of the following candy stores offers the freshest, best-quality sweets in the state. Nearly all of these stores are family-owned and operated and use traditional methods to create the finest candies, chocolates, and confections you’ll ever taste. Together, these candy stores offer several decades of candy-make experience.
Graham’s opened in 1987 with the goal of providing homemade, hand-dipped chocolates. Located in historic downtown Geneva, this family-run business offers a variety of delicious delicacies such as truffles, caramel pretzel rods, turtles, English toffee, almond bark, caramel apples, and more. From seasonal treats to baby showers and weddings, Graham’s never disappoints.
Located in Tuscola, Flesor’s Candy Kitchen isn’t your ordinary candy store. They hand-dip their chocolates and have an old-time soda fountain. They’re known for their butter creams, caramels, coconut delights, Paul’s Pecan Favorites, and other secret family recipes. All their candy is made tediously by hand with only the best ingredients and no preservatives.
For a sweet taste of history, look no further than Anderson’s Candy Shop. Family-owned and operated since 1919, this candy store takes pride in using old-fashioned methods and the finest ingredients to create some of the best candies around. They offer delicious caramels, buttercreams, English toffee, truffles, fudge, sponge candy, popcorn, pretzels, and much more.
Established in 1969, Old Fashioned Candies is a family business offering a wide variety of candies. You can find everything from nostalgic candies like wax bottles and marshmallow cones to hand-dipped chocolates and sugar-free candies. They also make truffles, gummies, hard candies, chocolate molds for every holiday or occasion, and individual chocolate items.
Katherine Anne Confections is a boutique candy store that uses local ingredients, such as wildflower honey and cream from Illinois cows, to provide exceptional treats. Their hand-dipped truffles, marshmallows, drinking chocolate, and soft honey caramels are very popular with customers. Katherine Anne Confections offers 175 flavors plus seasonal and limited-edition treats.
Illinois Nut & Candy has been raising the bar for candy-making since 2004. Unlike most candy stores, this one offers vegan, sugar-free, organic, gluten-free, kosher, lactose-free, and food dye-free candies. Of course, you can also choose from a wide variety of regular candies, confections, chocolates, nuts, fruits, popcorns, and other sweets.
Sweet’s has been creating superior chocolates in-house since 1982. This family-run business is known for their fresh chocolate creations and unique gift baskets. Here you can find delicious caramels, peanut brittle, English toffee, chocolate-covered Oreos, and other delectables.
Since 1947, Kilwins has been providing high-quality treats and exceptional customer service to the Chicago area. They use original recipes and premium ingredients to create hand-crafted chocolates, caramels, toffees, fudge, caramel apples, brittles, and other mouth-watering treats.
There’s something for every sweet tooth at Cheryl’s Candy N’ Popcorn in Bolingbrook. Not only does Cheryl’s have a large selection of nostalgic candies, but everything else from chocolate-covered strawberries to premium chocolates and gourmet popcorn. You can also get cotton candy made fresh daily.
Windy City Sweet in best known for their delicious, hand-made fudge in flavors like vanilla, peanut butter, and milk chocolate. Kids of all ages can appreciate the wide variety of confections and nostalgic candies. This famous candy store also offers gift baskets for all holidays and occasions.