Halloween may not look the same this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the sweets! Novelty and vintage candies, oversized old school favorites, and chocolate creations are just a few sugar-filled treats available at Virginia’s local candy stores and artisan chocolate shops. Order online and send a surprise package to someone you love, or hop in the car and create your own decadent trick-or-treating road trip.
—FOR CANDY ENTHUSIASTS—
The Candy Store—Roanoke
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The Candy Store, filled with novelty oversized gummies, regionally-produced chocolates, and seemingly endless rows of more than 1,200 specialty and vintage candies from around the world, is a boutique candy shop that is well worth the trip to Roanoke.
Sweet Sheep Candy—Fredericksburg
Visit Sweet Sheep Candy to indulge in a variety of gummies, licorice, specialty chocolates, and novelty candy, or order online and have more than 250 types of sweet treats shipped right to you.
Nancy’s Candy Company—Meadows of Dan
For the Love of Chocolate—Richmond
Don’t let the name fool you, For the Love of Chocolate is filled with a wide variety of candies from all over the world, including Virginia-made specialties, kosher, and vegan selections. And tons of chocolate, of course.
The nostalgia of Rocket Fizz, a “soda pop and candy shop” franchise, has captured the hearts of and taste buds of adults and children alike. Rocket Fizz is home to thousands of unique and fun candies, bottled soda pops, gag gifts, and toys.
It’s Sugar—Virginia Beach
Although this is a national chain, It’s Sugar is worth the trip in the heart of Virginia Beach. Pick up some over-the-top candy and gifts, including giant gummy bears and candy bars.
Sweet Art Emporium—Palmyra
Satisfy your sweet tooth with locally made chocolate covered caramels, peanut brittle, taffy, or Palmyra’s very own Red Rocker Candy. Located in a 1930’s era building in the haunted village of Palmyra, Sweet Art Emporium is just minutes away from the Rivanna River, the spooky trails at Pleasant Grove, the pumpkin patch at Fruit Hill Orchard, the adorable alpacas at Sacred Acres Farm, and ghost stories at Camp Friendship.
A Secret Forest—Richmond
A Secret Forest is an online-only shop where you can order gorgeous lollipops and candies that are really intricate. Check out the Halloween and holiday themes!
Visit Sugar Magnolia for old-fashioned candy sticks, gourmet hand-crafted popcorn, fine chocolates, and packaged candy. They also have a hot chocolate bar in the fall and winter!
Geartharts Chocolates—Charlottesville & Richmond
If chocolate is your preference and you’re looking to splurge, a trip to Gearharts Chocolates is a must-do in Virginia. Gearharts offers artisanal chocolates that combine single-bean Venezuelan chocolates, fine local and exotic ingredients, and passionate craftsmanship to create luxurious chocolates with depth and complexity.
Cocoa Mill Chocolate Co.—Lexington & Staunton
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Cocoa Mill Chocolate Co. has been handcrafting chocolate since 1993. The store’s wide assortment of chocolates, including truffles, barks, dipped fruits, and hand-poured turtles have been nationally recognized.
Artisan Confections specializes in high-quality, hand-made chocolates that are elegant in both design and flavor.
Chocolate Spike offers artistic chocolate endeavors by Genie Ranck, producer of unique chocolates in unusual flavors.
Glass House Winery—Free Union
Glass House Winery not only excels at winemaking but also makes in-house chocolates. Win-win!
Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe—Dayton
Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe offers homemade small-batch chocolate in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley: old fashioned creme fudge, chocolate creme truffles, and “sugar-free” chocolates, just to name a few.
The Royal Chocolate—Virginia Beach
Indulge from cases filled with handmade chocolates using Belgian Chocolate – truffles, creams, caramels, chocolate, and caramel-coated pretzels, not to mention the famous chocolate-covered apples at The Royal Chocolate!
Cocoa Mia – Floyd
Cocoa Mia offers an eclectic chocolate experience, with seasonal flavor profiles crafted with locally-sourced ingredients. Try the gluten-free truffles, hot cocoa, chocolate bars, and more.