Candy shops have become a bit of a nostalgic symbol, reminding many of stepping into the sweet smell of a candy store as a child. With unique varieties, flavors and creations, you can chow down on all the sugary delights your heart desires at these 9 great candy stores in Louisiana.
Opening their doors in the historic French Quarter almost 20 years ago, this shop started by making fresh pralines every day. Their original pralines have been dubbed the “Best of the USA” by Bon Appetit Magazine after winning the Atlanta Gourmet Show’s “Best Candy Award.” Still, they make much more than pralines. Tortues, toffee, chocolate, nuts, and more are all served at Southern Candymakers. Other specialties include Southern pecan logs, Southern sundries, and brittles, as well as a variety of fudges including vanilla, peanut butter, and chocolate pecan fudge. Everything Southern can be found at Southern Candymakers in New Orleans!
Specializing in the sweeter, simpler things in life, this family-owned and operated store planted its roots in southwest Louisiana years ago. Embracing the region, they make candies that utilize the local ingredients found in the area. Their products include original pecan pralines, which may be bought in boxes of six, 12 or 30. Chewy pecan caramels and peanut brittle are some of the other regular favorites along with popcorn balls that may be purchased by the dozen. If you are a pecan lover, you are in for a treat. This shop offers coated pecan halves dusted in chocolate, praline, and southern style brittle.
This soda pop and candy shop in north Louisiana has classic candies, unique sodas, gag gifts, and more. Gift baskets are available with sweet treats like gummi eggs, rainbow whirly pop, bacon cotton candy, and more! Gag gift baskets and Rocket Fizz baskets are also available packed with fun stuff. The nationwide store’s soda selection is truly unique, including their own brand that has flavors such as cinnamon, blue cream, and green apple jalapeno. Other brands offered include Melba’s Fixins, Soda Pop Labels of Fame, Martian Soda, and more! Hop on down to Rocket Fizz for an old-fashioned hoot of a good time.
Lolli’s is much more than a chocolate shop. Having a few shops around south Louisiana, this popular sweet destination has a variety of chocolates, desserts, gifts, and baskets for purchase. As far as chocolates go they have chocolate strawberries, truffles, molds, and boxes of a varieties. Their New Orleans Streetcar pralines are a classic favorite, and during Mardi Gras don’t forget to stop by for a King Cake!
This full-service candy shop has a variety of retro and novelty candies that are hard to find anywhere else. Some special items include the world’s largest gummy bears, over 50 varieties of Jelly Belly, saltwater taffy, and homemade truffle flavors. This shop is an experience as shoppers are able to also enjoy a variety of lunchtime foods, hand-dipped ice cream flavors, and rides! Kids can experience the trackless train and carousel rides while mom and dad shop for their favorite sweets!
The oldest candy shop in New Orleans is Laura’s Candies. Having been open since 1913, this French Quarter shop originally only sold fudge and pies though expanded their menu due to the high demand from their customers. Today, they have been producing homemade candy for generations of New Orleans native and visitors. Their specialties are New Orleans-style treats as well as gourmet chocolate confections. New Orleans classic include Mississippi mud, pralines, truffles, and fine chocolates. Some of the Southern favorites include Cajun cayenne pickles, Laura’s Chocolate Body Frosting, and a Chocolate Voodoo Doll. Stop by the oldest existing candy shop in New Orleans for all these delectable treats!
The people over at The Chocolate Crocodile love their sweets, but especially chocolate. They produce decadent confectionaries made of fine chocolate, homemade caramel, fresh dipped fruit, and nuts. Located just off the Red River, this store has been rapidly growing in popularity due to the care put into the unique and classic candy products. Such favorites are the cheesecake apple, Monster Snickers, caramel apple, A Crocodile Nest, and Monster Croc Pecan.
This sweet shop offers a variety of gourmet candy apples, ice cream, and more! Open in the French Quarter every day except Monday, this store has weekly featured products using fresh all natural Granny Smith apples. Some of the local specialties include the Who Dat Nation gourmet apple, white chocolate covered strawberries, dark chocolate covered pretzels, and caramel almond apple. So many more varieties wait inside this shop that also serves up ice cream and gourmet holiday apples like the Halloween apple that comes covered in candy corn! At Mister Apple Candy Store, there is a candy apple for everyone and a variety of treats from which to choose.
At this shop in West Monroe their saying is “the candy man, can save you money!” They sell sweet delights at an affordable price with tons of name brand options. From M&M’s to Sour Punch Straws, Warheads, Tootsie Pops, and most name brand candy bars on the market this shop has it all. They are perfect to buy big packs for parties, Halloween, Christmas, or if you simply have one heck of a sweet tooth! Snow cone and cotton candy fixings are also sold at this sweet shop where prices are as sweet as the candy.