Sugar Rush

 In Feature, Food

These new additions to the St. Louis candy scene have our sweet tooth buzzing.


THERE ARE A SLEW of new sweets shops popping up around town, each filled to the brim with tempting treats to satisfy every craving. Indulge in flavor-packed caramels, nostalgic treats, award-winning chocolates and an out-of-this-world selection of sodas and sweets at these area storefronts— because this is one rush worth savoring.

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop No flavor is too far-fetched for this sweets shop, where labels are just as likely to tout wild ingredients like jalapeño and buffalo wing sauce as they are chocolate and vanilla. Since opening in May, Rocket Fizz has had The Loop buzzing over its 500-plus varieties of soda pop and a wide selection of candies from across the globe, like Europe’s Kinder Chocolate or hard-to-come-by Asian brands. Whether it’s picking up a bottle of ranch-flavored soda for the ultimate chugging dare or reliving the sweetest memories of yesteryear, Rocket Fizz is sure to bring out the kid in all of us. 6303 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.833.4614.

The Caramel House Handcrafted is the name of the game at Olivette’s newest candy shop, The Caramel House, where they have been rolling out batches of melt-in-your-mouth treats since moving to a new location in May. Owner Janet Shulman uses her original recipe as a base on which to branch out into a seemingly endless tangent of flavors—everything from lavender and vanilla to s’mores and bacon. Look for cameos from hometown favorites too, such as the beer and pretzel caramel that incorporates Schlafly’s Oatmeal Stout and Gus’ Pretzels for an irresistible salty-sweet combination. The Caramel House also stocks its shelves with an array of other sweet treats, including caramel-laced cookies and popcorn. 9639 Olive Blvd., Olivette, 314.707.5777.

Hendel’s Market Café Candy Counter The sweetest addition to Florissant is a throwback to a time when kids swapped pennies for wax-wrapped treats at Hendel’s family-owned grocery store. Decades later, Hendel’s Market Café has reincorporated its general store roots to celebrate the restaurant’s 20th anniversary. Hendel’s new candy counter is stocked with vintage varieties like Mary Janes, Swedish Fish, candy buttons, Satellite Wafers and saltwater taffy. Pastry chef Lia Weber also likes to add a rotating selection of housemade salted caramels, chocolate truffles and macarons to the mix. 599 St. Denis St., Florissant, 314.837.2304.

Kakao Chocolate Since 2008, Kakao Chocolate has been tempting St. Louisans with a luscious line of award-winning chocolates and confections. Later this month, the chocolate shop will unveil its latest creation—a Clayton storefront in Centene Plaza serving Stringbean Coffee Company’s espresso and ice cream sundaes topped with Kakao sauces. No production will occur in Kakao’s third location, but that doesn’t mean there will be any lack of chocolate love. Expect to find shelves stocked with everything a chocoholic can’t live without, from gourmet barks and hand-dipped truffles to Kakao’s special holiday creations. 7720 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton.



Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop



Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop


Photo credit: Christopher Gibbons

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