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Candy tours of America: 5 delectable destinations for sweet family memories

In the early days of American pop culture, Candyman was portrayed as a kind magician who enchanted children with secret ingredients that transformed sunlight into dreamy sweet treats.

“He mixes love/And makes the world taste good,” the late multimedia performer Sammy Davis Jr. sang in his signature song.

Candy as a symbol of love is more than just a bubblegum pop music lyric, said Susan Benjamin, a prominent West Virginia candy scholar and historian.

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“People love candy because it’s the food they eat when they go to parties or movies or whatever and have fun,” she told Fox News Digital.

Benjamin is the author of 10 books, including Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure.

Teens are shown buying candy at Chatter’s Candy Store in Littleton, New Hampshire. (Imagedoc/Alamy stock photo)

She further added, “Most people love candy because they were given candy by a loved one as children. Even as adults, we continue to give and receive candy as a sign of love. ” he added.

America’s candy industry provides many opportunities for parents and children to create fun memories while enjoying the nation’s best candy stores, tours, and museums.

Here are five.

BA Sweetie Candy Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

Billed as the “World’s Largest Candy Store,” this Cleveland confectionery behemoth is a 74-year-old local favorite.

We confidently declare that our largest candy clutch will satisfy even your sweet tooth.

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BA Sweetie in Cleveland, Ohio claims to have over 1,000 pounds of Tootsie Rolls available for sale at any given time. (imac/Alamy stock photo)

“Whether you need 1,000 pounds of Tootsie Rolls for your parade or half a pound for your belly, we have it and we still have it,” BA Sweetie Candy Company says on its website.

It also touts itself as one of Cleveland’s most popular tourist attractions.

Chatters of Littleton, New Hampshire

A general store located on Main Street in idyllic New England, nestled between the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It features the world’s longest candy counter.

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This claim is confirmed by Guinness World Records.

Chatters continuous suite tabletop length is 111 feet, 11 inches.

Chatters says on its website that it offers “from old favorites and hard-to-find flavors to today’s most popular and best treats.”

According to Guinness World Records, Chatter’s Candy Store in Littleton, New Hampshire has the longest candy counter in the world. (Kumar Sriskandan/Alamy Stock Photo)

It also offers “a wide variety of sours and gummies, gourmet and traditional jelly beans, chocolate, licorice, caramel, nostalgic products, and more.”

Jelly Belly Candy Co. in Fairfield, California.

The famous jelly bean maker offers self-guided and guided tours of its California candy factory seven days a week.

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Self-guided tours are available on a walk-in basis.

Reservations are required for guided tours.

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Close-up shot of assorted colorful Jelly Belly jelly beans from California, April 18, 2021. (Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

The tour follows a quarter-mile route above the factory, overlooking the site where love and sugar are whipped into jelly beans.

Jelly Belly Jelly Bean has an art gallery and offers chocolate tastings paired with local wines for moms, dads and other adults.

Pez Visitor Center in Orange, CT

Pez candy, a crunchy sugar block, is known worldwide as a plastic toy dispenser topped with human, animal, and various other shapes.

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Born in Austria in the 1920s, Pez has been made in Connecticut since 1973.

The company opened a visitor center in 2011.

Pez Visitor Center

Pez Visitor Center opened in Orange, CT in 2011. (Alamy)

Here’s a Pez dispenser of lesser-known knowledge. Its name is an abbreviation of “Pfefferminz”, which means peppermint in German.

Authentic Treats in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

True Treats, which bills itself as “the nation’s only research-based candy store,” was founded by author and candy historian Susan Benjamin.

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Interior photo of the IT’SUGAR store on Broadway in Greenwich Village. Mary Jane’s candy is sold by the ounce. (Ira Berger/Alamy Stock Photo)

Located in historic Harpers Ferry, just over an hour’s drive northwest of Washington, D.C., we are admired throughout the nation.

“This is more than a candy store, it’s a museum that sells exhibits of sweets.”

Washington Magazine wrote in homage to the candy collection, “This is less a candy store than a museum of confectionery exhibits.”

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“True Treats traces the history of classic treats enjoyed by the Iroquois, like hickory bark, to 19th century buttermints and retro treats like Goo Goo Clusters, Mary Janes and Squirrel Nut Zippers. Right down to my favorites.”

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