From gourmet popcorn to bacon flavored soda to willy wonka-esque sweet treats, there are plenty of sugary shops in the metro to satisfy your sweet tooth, and your little ones’ too. So go ahead and get your sugar fix at one of these five places around Des Moines.
1551 Valley West Drive, Ste 178 • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 224-8997
At this candy shop located in Valley West Mall you can take a trip down memory lane. Candy Clubhouse is stocked with both nostalgic and modern candy and offers self-serve items, from chocolates to jelly beans to super sour stuff. Then there’s the soda selection: think flavors like Birthday Cake, Orange Crème and they even sell Duff Beer!
(515) 822-6325 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay’s Cookies are as close to grandma’s as you can get. They’re not huge, or crazy flavored. They’re just the right size, texture and taste to make you think that these are the cookies you’d make if you’d had the time. If you’re a nursing mama you might want to give their Lactation Cookie a try. The recipe is based on a generations-old Austrailan recipe commonly believed to impact milk supply. You can purchase Jay’s cookies by email or phone and they’re delivered fresh to your home.
501 Elm Street • West Des Moines, IA • (515) 277-2201
Located in Valley Junction Nan’s Nummies has a mom and pop atmosphere, an old timey charm, and lovingly crafted candies and desserts. If it’s sweet, Nan’s sells it…brownies and bars, bulk candy, chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, dutch letters, fudge, and kettle korn. All of which take us back in time to those days in grandma’s kitchen and the pure joy of just being a kid.
5828 Douglas Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50322 • (515) 727-2228
Your favorite movie-night treat just got more exciting. We dare you to find a kid that won’t love it. Ready to pop on over? You’ll find this Popcorn Heaven on Douglas Avenue by Merle Hay Mall. Favorite flavors include Chicago Style (cheddar and caramel), sea salt caramel, s’mores and old fashioned vanilla. If you’re looking for something a little savory try dill pickle, mac & cheese or southwest hot wings.
1550 N Ankeny Boulevard #104 • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 261-3499
Looking for bacon-flavored soda, a retro candy favorite from the past or salt-water taffy in every flavor imaginable? Rocket Fizz is the place for you. Crammed with candies, sodas and hilarious gift items, the Ankeny location of Rocket Fizz is an explosion of fun, leaving you wondering where to look and what to try first. With a surprise at every turn, Rocket Fizz is a sweet scavenger hunt of the very best kind.
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