Top 5 Candy Shops

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1. Maverick Chocolate Company
Walking into Maverick Chocolate Company is like walking inside a cocoa bean, and that’s not even the best part. Once you’ve finished taking in the smell, ask for a taste of what Maverick has on the counter. Their chocolate is prepared in store in small batches, made with ethically sourced cocoa beans, and it’s incredible. Go while it’s still cold out, and you can try the richest hot chocolate that’s ever been made. 129 West Elder St., Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-0561, maverickchocolate.com

2. Jenco Brothers’ Candy
This Clifton candy store is the candy shop made modern. Despite carrying plenty of vintage candy, it screams millennial. Maybe it’s the pick-and-mix-style candy dispensers all across the walls. Maybe it’s the Grippo’s Barbeque Popcorn. Maybe it’s just the fact that it’s full of UC students. This is today’s candy store. 224 W. McMillan St., Clifton, (513) 417-8956, jencobrotherscandy.com

3. The Candy Bar
The Candy Bar is pretty straightforward, but don’t let the store’s simplicity fool you: They’ve got it all. Looking for a cartoonishly large lollipop? Look no further. Craving Kinder Chocolate, but not interested in a trans-Atlantic flight? The Candy Bar has you covered. This is the place to go when you’re in desperate need of a five-pound gummy bear (which you always have needed, though you only just realized it). 422 W 6th St., MainStrasse Village, Covington, (859) 261-3367, thecandybar-ky.com

4. Peter Minges & Son Confectionary
Have you ever been surround by a nearly overwhelming amount of candy? Walk into Minges, and you will be. This store sells candy wholesale, and its sheer size means you may have to dedicate some serious time to making your choice. 138 W. Court St., Downtown, (513) 241-7376

5. Schneider’s Sweet Shop
When you picture the candy shop your grandparents went to for chocolate and a milkshake, you’re picturing Schneider’s Sweet Shop. It is the quintessential candy store. With both a candy counter and an ice cream counter, you have plenty of options. Once you’ve ordered, you can sit down in the dining area and admire the walls full of jars of fruit chews, hard candies, and chocolate covered everything. 420 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, (859) 431-3545, schneiderscandies.com

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