It's the time of year many parents (and dentists) dread-Halloween. With its cavity-inducing/bedtime-ruining amounts of sugar and junk food, Halloween can wear on even the most lenient of parents. Maybe that's why my grandmother used to give out pennies.
But, unless you're the Wicked Witch of the West, you probably won't deny your little one the taste of something sweet. It goes with Halloween like the errant neighbor that rings your doorbell at 9 p.m. after the lights have been turned off and the gate closed.
Yes, you'll buy those mega packs of M&Ms and probably steal a few for yourself while you wait for your husband to bring the kids home from touring the `hood. But for special, out-of-the box Halloween treats, check out some of these fun candy stores.
Candyality 3425 N. Southport Ave. (773) 472-7800 candyality.com If old-school sweet treats are your thing, don't miss hitting up one of Candyality's three stores. The first and main location in the Southport Corridor is filled with every kind of gummy candy you could want, plus classic favorites like 5th Avenue Bars and Banana Moon Pie. Owner Terese McDonald even created Chicago's first ™licorice bar∫ with selections from all over the world. How sweet that is.
Fuzzywig's Candy Factory 2808 N.Clark St. facebook.com/pages/Fuzziwigs-Candy-Factory-Chicago/284239211609147 The Lakeview outpost of this national franchise just opened in June. This bulk-styled candy shop carries just about everything chocolate covered and the requisite oversized lollipops and gummy sweets. Sugar-free options are available.
Margie's Candies 1960 N. Western Ave. (773) 384-1035 Billed as Chicagoland's Finest Homemade Candy and Ice Cream Parlor, Margie's has been serving guests in its Logan Square location since 1921. Margie's uses Kosher dark chocolate to create the famous Cherry Stemmed Cordials. Candy can be gift wrapped for special occasions as well.
Kilwin's 5226 S. Harper Ave. (opening late September/ October) I've raved about Kilwin's fudge before, and now Southsiders will be able to enjoy the delicious creations of hand-crafted chocolate at the newest franchise of this Northern Michigan staple. In fact, owner Jackie Jackson just recently traveled to Brussels to study her craft. Talk about having some hot chocolate skills!
Amy's Candy Bar 4707 N. Damen Ave. amyscandybar.com In the heart of Lincoln Square, you'll find a unique candy "boutique" filled with gummies, Amy's signature sea salt caramels and hard-to-find local artisanal candies. And if you really want to delight those trick-or-treaters at your door: Wax Lips!
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
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