With their brightly-colored displays and nostalgic treats, candy stores bring out the kid in everyone. No matter where you live in Mississippi, you're sure to find one of our favorite candy stores close by. Here are our 10 favorites in the state!
This shop in Ocean Springs is the stuff sugar lovers' dreams are made of. Browse shelves full of every kind of candy imaginable, including chocolate-dipped Oreos, pralines, turtles, and more. Be sure to try their pecan log, with a closely-guarded recipe that has been passed through the family for four generations!
Livingston Sweet Shoppe will send you back in time with its throwback feel. From jelly beans, gourmet popcorn, and season treats displayed in apothecary jars to retro candy bars you won't find anywhere else, you'll love the atmosphere at Livingston Sweet Shoppe. While you're there, enjoy a retro float handcrafted with locally-made Luvel ice cream.
Nandy's Candy was the first premium candy store in the Jackson area. Since 1980, they've been serving small-batch candies made with love. It's still family-owned, and as soon as you walk through the bright red doors you'll see why they're a Jackson favorite. No matter where you live in Mississippi, it's worth a trip to try the American truffles.
There's a reason Holli's Sweet Tooth is such a favorite in the college town of Oxford. With over 300 candies to choose from, plus delicious ice cream creations and selections from world-famous Sugaree's Bakery, Holli's Sweet Tooth is the perfect place to escape from midterms.
Mississippi's climate is perfect for pecan trees, making pecan-based candies a popular tradition in the state for generations. The Indianola Pecan House has been making these treats for three decades, and they've perfected the art. Try the Pecan Divinity Log, which you can have shipped to you anywhere in the country.
Coast Candymakers is the Island View Casino's sweet shop, located in a quaint little building next door to the popular casino. Enjoy almost any candy confection you can imagine, from apple pie truffles to birthday cake fudge. You can even watch the candy makers at work, since much of their kitchen is visible from the shop floor.
Taylor's Candy Company might not have the quaint kitsch of some of the other stores on this list, but it does share something with many of them—owners who love what they do. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have been running Taylor's Candy in Jackson for nearly 50 years, providing candy and snacks to the neighborhood as well as events such as school functions and parades.
Robicheaux's Specialty Candy in Poplarville is known for custom sweets as well as an extensive selection of sugar-free candies. Their treats are as beautiful as they are delicious, and Robicheaux's candies are now available at several different locations throughout the state. Can't decide what to order? Customers rave about their pralines!
The Pecan House opened in McHenry in 1984, and originally sold only flavored pecans. Since then, they've added a huge selection of treats, most of them still made from Mississippi-grown pecans. The Pecan House is run by the original owner's daughter and her husband, and in 2015, they added a second store in Gulfport. Try their fruitcake!
What originally began as the franchised location of a larger chain, Margarete's Fine Chocolates in Tupelo is now a privately-owned shop specializing in the finest selection of chocolates available. Their chocolate-covered strawberries are especially popular, as are their gift baskets, which can be shipped anywhere.