Move over, Willy Wonka! You don’t need a golden ticket to check out the creative confections at these favorite Portland spots. From the classic chocolate bar to bacon flavored soda, they’ve got every sugary treat your sweet tooth can imagine. So go ahead, get your candy fix at these 5 places around Portland. Scroll down for the deets.

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Photo: Candy Babel

Candy Babel
If you’re in Northeast Portland and suddenly feel like you fell into a dreamy game of Candyland, you’ve probably found Candy Babel. Tucked into a little spot along Alberta, Candy Babel is a sweet-lover’s dream. Need candy that’s vegan, gluten-free, dye-free, dairy-free or corn-free? Candy Babel has you covered with the perfect treats for all dietary needs. From the bright hand-decorated candy bags to the wall decorated with classic game boards, you’ll quickly fall in love with the details of this charming shop owned by candy connoisseur Amani Greer. Try a ginger-rosemary chocolate bar from local brand Only Child, or sample from the wall of imported black licorice bins. Just in time for Halloween, you can mix and match your heart out in the selection of rotating bulk candies, where you might find gummy cats, zombie feet and white chocolate skulls, just to name a few. Small kids will love the tiny play area with nostalgic toys. There’s plenty of non-candy items too, such as colorful paper party straws or decorative vintage candy tins. For an extra sweet deal, kids 2-14 can get 10 pieces of bulk candy for $1 with a regular purchase.

Candy Babel
Daily, Noon – 6 p.m.
1219 NE Alberta St.
503-867-0591
Online: candybabel.com

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QUIN
The saying at QUIN is “Candy is Magic,” and you’ll see why once you sample the handcrafted sweets. Founder Jami Curl’s commitment to high-quality real local ingredients, as well as all-natural extracts and colors, makes QUIN candy something that you’ll truly feel good about eating. (And sharing!)

Located in the Union Way shopping alley across from Powell’s Books, QUIN’s sleek and simple little store is a hidden gem. You’ll want to try the strawberry lollipops, popcorn caramels and the Smoked Cola gummies. Can’t wait for another trip downtown to get more QUIN candy? Not to worry. The store has an extensive selection of candies to order online. The Candy is Magic Gift Box ($16) contains 24 pieces of assorted QUIN candy, and is sure to bring a happy smile to the recipient. For serious candy lovers, experience more magic in the form of QUIN’s Candy Club, and receive monthly boxes of sweet surprises shipped right to your door. (3, 6 and 12-month memberships are available.)

QUIN Candy
Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6pm.
Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
1025 SW Stark St.
971-300-8395
Online: quincandy.com

Rocket Fizz
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 Portland location of Rocket Fizz is an explosion of fun, leaving you wondering where to look and what to try first. You’ll find classic candies like Smarties, Pez and rock candy, and kids will love exploring the soda flavors ranging from the fun to the bizarre. (Maybe Maple Bacon or Ranch Dressing soda with dinner?) Adults will enjoy reminiscing while browsing the selection of hard-to-find candies from their childhoods. If you’re looking for a memorable gift, Rocket Fizz has something for everyone on your list. Choose from concert posters, kitschy lunch boxes, temporary tattoos, animal masks and action figures. With a surprise at every turn, Rocket Fizz is a sweet scavenger hunt of the very best kind.

Rocket Fizz
Sun. – Thurs., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
535 SW 6th Ave.
503-222-0711
Online: rocketfizz.com/locations/rocket-fizz-portland-or/

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Photo: Anna Doogan

Alma
If it’s chocolate you seek, make Alma your next stop. Although not technically a candy store, the whimsical chocolates from Alma are always the perfect treat, regardless of the occasion. Ever since opening Alma in 2006, Sarah Hart has been making magic with her delightful handcrafted chocolates. At the flagship store in Northeast, sample salted lavender chocolates, Thai peanut butter cups and an incredible selection of toffees. Adults can pair their sweet treat with one of the drinking chocolates or an espresso, and kids will love the sweet milk-chocolatey Kiddie Cocoa. Alma also has an online store.

If your little chocolate lovers can’t get enough, check out the Southeast location of Alma, where you can view the commercial kitchen in action and see chocolates being made. Think of it as a peek behind the magic curtain, Portland-style.

Alma NE location
Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., Noon- 5
140 NE 28th Ave.
503-517-0262

Alma SE location
Mon. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., Closed
1323 SE 7th Ave.
971-279-4133

Online: almachocolate.com

lollipops candyphoto: Steve Snodgrass via flickr

Hattie’s Sweet Shop
Looking for a classic candy shop with a cozy neighborhood feel? Hattie’s Sweet Shop is the perfect place. Named after owner Tricia Leahy’s grandmother, Hattie’s has the old-fashioned charm that appeals to kids and the kids at heart. A fixture in Multnomah Village, the store boasts an impressive assortment of rotating bulk candy, imported licorice, Umpqua ice cream, nostalgic candies and handmade fudge. You’ll love browsing the new items in the chocolate case and choosing from the selection of candy sticks. Whether you need a special candy gift, favors for your next birthday party or just a sweet nibble for yourself, you’ll always find something original and delicious.

Hattie’s Sweet Shop
Mon. & Tues., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wed. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
7828 SW Capitol Hwy.
503-293-0088
Online: hattiessweetshop.com

Who has the best candy in Portland? Let us know in the comments below!

—Anna Doogan