A Nashville candy staple since 1912, the Goo Goo Cluster was the first combination candy bar ever invented. Made with caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh roasted peanuts and milk chocolate, the Goo Goo Cluster comes in three flavors – Original, Supreme and Peanut Butter. There is also a Red Velvet Premium Goo Goo, The Swanson Premium Goo Goo and The Howie Premium Goo Goo.
If you’ve got a major sweet tooth, there are several ways to cure it and hitting a local candy shop is one way. In Nashville, you’ll find candy shops selling everything from jelly beans to chocolates truffles to toffee and lollipops. These are the best places to find sweets in Nashville.
Bang Candy Company
Sarah Souther started Bang Candy Company after discovering how to make handmade marshmallows. Her first creation was the Rose Cardamom flavor, and now the company has five standard flavors, plus seasonal ones. The marshmallows are half dipped in Belgian chocolate and pair nicely with the company’s flavored drink syrups. Bang Candy also sells various chocolate barks.
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Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.
Tennessee’s first and only bean-to-bar chocolate company, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., was founded in 2007. The chocolate made at the factory is slow-roasted and stone-ground in small batches. The only ingredient added to the organic cacao that’s used is pure cane brown sugar. In addition to chocolate bars, the company also makes nib brittles, caramels and seersucker candy.
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Savannah’s Candy Kitchen
Over 30 years ago, Stan Strickland, known as “The Candy Man”, opened the first Savannah’s Candy Kitchen in Savannah, Georgia. He used to bake with his mother in their kitchen, where he mastered the art of candy making. Today, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen has several locations nationwide, including one in Nashville. Specializing in pecan creations, Savannah’s offers Savannah pralines, pecan pies, pecan log rolls, glazed pecans and peanut brittle.
Nashville Toffee Company
In 2003, Christina McCoy Cohn and her husband George opened the Nashville Toffee Company. Everything at Nashville Toffee Company is made by hand in small batches, using all natural ingredients and family-inspired recipes. Products include almond toffee, almond toffee crumbles and chocolate barks.
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Located just outside of Nashville, in the city of Madison, is family-owned Matchmaker Chocolates. Husband and wife team Derek and Kayla May work with local businesses to create custom confections that are all handcrafted. In addition to peanut butter cups and berry bark, Matchmaker Chocolates pay tribute to the music community in Nashville with guitar-shaped chocolates. Truffles are available in six, 12 and 24-piece boxes.
Tempered Cafe & Chocolate
Specializing in artisan truffles, Tempered Cafe & Chocolate makes its creations without any artificial ingredients or preservatives. They are best enjoyed within two weeks of purchasing. In addition to truffles, the company sells chocolate covered pretzels, cinder toffee, chocolate covered Rice Krispie treats and salted caramels.
Located in downtown Nashville, Leon’s Candy is a family-run business that produces preservative free and gluten free handmade candy on location. Offerings include caramel, toffee and pralines, plus assorted gift tins. For adults, there are also liquor pralines.
Nashville Chocolate & Nut Company
Tracy Page, owner and chocolatier of Nashville Chocolate & Nut Company, spent 10 years in the music business as a singer/songwriter before starting the candy shop in 2009. Blending her musical background with gourmet treats, Tracy crafts fun creations like guitar cookies with chocolate whiskey chips, golden caramel corn, chocolate truffles and hot chicken crackers.
Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop
Featuring nostalgic, retro and vintage goodies, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop has thousands of bottled sodas and candies from across the country. From oversized whirly pops to classic candy like skittles, Rocket Fizz has a large selection of candy to choose from, whether you’re a kid looking for something new and cool to try, or an adult who wants to take a trip down memory lane by way of taffy and Pez.