With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you want to make an effort to show your love and appreciation for that special someone in your life – and there’s no more delicious way to do that than with a delectable box of chocolates or a handcrafted treat.
Lucky for you, we’ve got all the information you need to find the perfect sweets for your sweetheart from an array of choices spread out all over both Indiana and Kentucky. (Just don’t blame us if you blow your diet.)
Where Can You Find 5 of the Best Sweet Shops in Kentucky?
Truth be told, there are too many wonderful confectioneries in the Bluegrass State to list them all, but some of the top contenders include:
1. Chocolate Holler – Bowling Green
This chocolate shop offers handmade truffles, fudge, and other confections using locally sourced ingredients – but more importantly, it also offers an experience. This is a full-service coffee bar, but they also have a unique sipping chocolate that is perfect to share with someone special. At Chocolate Holler, you’ll also find everything from sugar cookies and brownies to Oreo balls and handcrafted items from select chocolatiers from all over the world.
2. The Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe & Dundee Candy — Louisville
If you want to feel like a kid in a candy store for the first time all over again, head to The Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe & Dundee Candy. Folks have often declared it to be the best candy shop they’ve ever visited, probably because of the humongous array of unique treats, like their Birthday Cake Bites, Bourbon Balls or the “Adult Candy Care Kit.”
3. Ruth Hunt Candies – Mt. Sterling
When you find a place that’s been making handcrafted candies and serving chocolate bourbon balls for more than 100 years, you know you’re in for something special – and Ruth Hunt Candies always delivers on its promises! Aside from their amazing chocolates, you’ll also find caramels, toffee, pulled cream candy and fudge – and your visit won’t be complete unless you take home a few Moonshine Balls.
4. Muth’s Candies – Louisville
This is another confectionary with a long and storied history. Begun in 1921, Muth’s Candies has been family owned and operated for four generations, and they’re not slowing down. Since this is Kentucky, they naturally have bourbon balls – but you would really miss out if you didn’t try their world-famous Caramel Modjeskas. If you’re looking for a gift for a discerning chocolate lover, you’ll also appreciate the endless array of boxed chocolates in all kinds of combinations.
5. Sweet Tooth Candies – Newport
At Sweet Tooth Candies, their operating motto is “Life is sweeter with chocolate,” and we certainly agree – but you won’t just find ordinary chocolates when you visit. They have chocolate ganache bites, cordial cherries, molasses chips, opera creams and vanilla butter drops, plus a huge assortment of other candy treats and ice cream.
Where Can You Find 5 of the Most Delicious Candy in Indiana?
On the other side of the border in Indiana, folks also have tons of potential places to visit. The Hoosier State also has more incredible sweet shops than we could ever possibly list, but some of the favorites are:
1. Schakolad Chocolate Factory – Zionsville
At the Schakolad Chocolate Factory, everything is made on the premises, so this is one of the few places you can go to get customized, hand-dipped sweets. For three generations, the Schakolads have been making delicious, European-style chocolates, but they also specialize in distinctive novelties, like 3-D chocolate roses and chocolate champagne glasses, that are designed to make your Valentine’s Day special.
2. Sweet Things Chocolates – Indianapolis
Indy’s no slouch when it comes to the finer things in life, and many of those things can be found right inside Sweet Things Chocolates. They have an amazing assortment of chocolates, all in-house made. You can buy them by the piece, box, tray or basket – but while you’re there, make sure you check out some of their unique gift items and assorted other treats.
3. J. Edwards Gourmet Fine Chocolates and Cakes – Kokomo
What’s your pleasure: cookies, cakes, cupcakes or candies? Whatever you want, you’re bound to find it at J. Edwards in Kokomo. They also offer a huge selection of sugar-free delights, to try to accommodate those with restricted diets. The real draw, however, may be their famous caramel apples, which are available all year long. Can’t make it there in person? Don’t worry: They ship!
4. Good’s Candies – Pendleton
Good’s Candies has been in operation for nearly 100 years, and all of their candies are made in small batches using premium ingredients. The company has earned its place as one of the premier chocolatiers used by businesses to create custom chocolates for corporate gifts for meetings and promotions through its dedication to quality above all. The best part? They ship anywhere in Indiana, so you don’t even have to take a road trip to try them.
5. The Fudge Kettle – Avon
Sometimes, you just need a little touch of sweet nostalgia in your life, and The Fudge Kettle is the place to go when you want to hunt down old-fashioned sweets like salt water taffy, Necco wafers, Boston Baked Beans, rock candy, candy cigarettes, wax bottles and more. Of course, you can also find hand-crafted chocolate candies and fudge made from locally sourced ingredients, among other things.
Whether you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift to surprise someone or hoping to simply satisfy your own sweet tooth, there are many places to explore – often right in your own area. We always encourage folks to shop local, as a way to support small businesses and keep our communities healthy and thriving.