Sweeten Halloween with These Super-Special Local Candy Shops

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Halloween costume selections are underway (oh, what to be!), you’re bulk-buying all your favorite candies and strategizing the best houses to hit (we all remember who gives out the full-size candy bars). We’re working our way to that glorious night when you can do a midnight raid of your kid’s candy stash. Why not mix it up a bit this Halloween season and stock up on unique sweets to give your favorite neighborhood kids. . . and yourself! Take a break from apple picking and corn mazes to check out these one-of-a-kind local candy shops that offer something new—in both flavor and ambiance. Scroll and indulge!

For Hand-Dipped Delights: Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream

Family-owned and operated, Graham's Fine Chocolates in charming downtown Geneva is a must-visit. Their fine, hand-dipped chocolates and housemade ice cream are a draw year-round, but in the fall, this delightfully sweet shop truly shines. Count on an assortment of unique caramel apples, rich hot cocoas, chocolates shaped in every Halloween mascot under the sun, and pretzels dipped in chocolate and decorated in their best fall colors.

302 S. 3rd St., Geneva & 119 W. Front St., Wheaton; Online: grahamschocolate.com

For Sweet (& Spicy!) Treats: Dulcelandia

At Dulcelandia, you'll find every Mexican candy and chocolate treat under the sun. Be adventurous and give some of the more interesting sweets a taste. We like Rollos de Cocco (jumbo milk coconut rolls) and chili-covered mango lollipops. Every kid (and adult!) will love the Obleas, wafers covered with a creamy caramel.

Four locations in Little Village, Logan Square, Chicago Ridge and Brighton Park; Online: dulcelandia.com

For Penny Candy & Popcorn: Little Popcorn Store

See if you can squeeze into this teeny-tiny penny candy shop—actually, a storefront wedged into the small space between two larger buildings. Then, fill your little paper bag to the brim. Choose from old-fashioned (bullseyes and flying saucers) to new-fangled (pop rocks and sour patch worms) and be sure to take a giant bag of freshly hand-popped popcorn to go.

111 W. Front St., Wheaton; Online: littlepopcornstore.com

For Seasonally Inspired Treats: Katherine Anne Confections

Go gourmet this Halloween and pop into Katherine Anne Confections, a Chicago sweets shop that has an eye for delicious, locally and seasonally inspired sweets. The rotating selection of hand-dipped truffles, soft honey caramels and pillowy marshmallows are made with the best of the best ingredients, and the seasonal flavors are to die for.

2745 W. Armitage Ave., Logan Square; Online: katherine-anne.com

For Exotic Asian Sweets: Aji Ichiban

Forgo the ordinary this Halloween and take your trick-or-treaters on a tour of Asia via candy. At Aji Ichiban, you can take your pick from thousands of candies and sweet and salty snacks from Asia. The shrimp and squid flavored treats are especially interesting, while the wide range of sweet gummies are sure to be gobbled up in a flash. Customers are encouraged to sample before buying, making shopping for Halloween treats here especially sweet.

2117-A S. China Pl., Chinatown; 312-328-9998

For Going Nuts: Superior Nut & Candy

Located in the heart of Chicago in the Historic Stockyard Industrial Park, Superior Nut & Candy is Chicago's go-to spot for bulk trick-or-treating supplies. The individual bags of trail mix and chocolate-covered peanuts are especially sought-after goodies, while the mini bags of yogurt pretzels and dried fruits offer a healthier option for trick-or-treaters. 

1111 W. 40th St., Back of the Yards; Online: superiornutandcandy.com

For Factory-Direct Favorites: Ferrara Pan Candy Company Outlet

Ferrara Pan has been cranking out candy classics since 1908, and at the Ferrara Pan Outlet, you can buy his sweet candies fresh from the factory, with awesome prices to boot. You'll find all your childhood favorites - Lemonhead, Nerds, Sour Jack, Atomic FireBall, Laffy Taffy and more—packaged in their sweet retro boxes, perfectly sized for little ghosts and goblins.

7301 W. Harrison St., Forest Park; Online: ferrarapan.com

For All Things Chocolate: The Fudge Pot

Go overboard this year and order personalized chocolate lollipops featuring your family's favorite Halloween ghosts and goblins at the Fudge Pot, a family-run shop in Old Town that has made families drool over handcrafted chocolates, made fresh daily, since 1963. Take some of the delicious caramel apples, toffee and truffles for your own at-home Halloween celebration.

1532 N. Wells St., Old Town; Online: thefudgepotchicago.com

For Gourmet, New England Style Chocolates: L.A. Burdick

Founded by Larry Burdick in 1987, and now continued by Chocolatier Michael Klug, L.A. Burdick Chocolates opened their first Chicago location in 2017. Each bonbon here is hand-piped, hand-cut, hand-garnished and hand-packed. You'll find all of the signature L.A. Burdick’s chocolates you adore, including their Signature Chocolate Mice, bonbons, seasonal offerings and vegan selections. In the fall and winter, L.A. Burdick will warm the hearts of many with its beloved Drinking Chocolate.

609 N. State St., Near North Side; Online: burdickchocolate.com

— Amy Bizzarri

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