Goblins, ghosts and ghouls—oh my! They are heading our way, and they want candy. You can’t cancel that! Though this year might look different, Halloween will still come with candy, whether it’s hidden around the house in a scavenger hunt or placed outside in distance-safe bags. Satisfy even the scariest sweet tooth with candy from one of Portland’s best confectionery shops. We’ve rounded up all of the best places to buy chocolates and other treats that will please even the grumpiest ghoul. Read on to find out more.

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Rocket Fizz

This fun store has it all: bacon-flavored soda, retro candies and salt-water taffy in every flavor imaginable. Packed with candies, sodas and hilarious gift items, the Portland location of Rocket Fizz is an explosion of fun.You can thrill trick-or-treaters with classic candies like Smarties, Pez and rock candy—and kids are sure to love the soda flavors. Parents can enjoy a quick trip down memory lane as they browsing the selection of hard-to-find candies from their childhoods. Consider picking up a cool gift for a friend or family member (or yourself) while you are there. Rocket Fizz has something for everyone including concert posters, kitschy lunch boxes, temporary tattoos, animal masks and action figures. Open for in-store shopping, pick-up, or delivery.

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/

The Candy Basket

This factory outlet is an unassuming building in east Portland, but it hides a fun stop for buckets of candy. Don’t miss the crowning glory at the entrance– a chocolate waterfall! While you can’t dip a cup in and taste, it does make a great photo op. They also offer tours of their 45,000 sq. ft. full production facility on the first Tuesday of every month– call to reserve your spot. In the gift shop you can pick up salt water taffy, truffles, chocolate covered gummy bears, and more! Shop online for delivery, as well.

The Candy Basket
1924 NE 181st Ave.
Portland, OR 97230
Online: candybasketinc.com/

Photo: Candy Babel

Candy Babel

Started in Northeast Portland in 2012, this sweet-lover’s dream has moved it’s shelves south to Silverton, but they still offer all the best that fans have come to love. Owner and candy connoisseur curates a lovely shop with vintage candy tins, imported bins of black licorice, and vegan/gluten-free/corn-free candies. You can mix and match your bag of sweets with scoops from  the bulk candy section, where you might find gummy cats, zombie feet and white chocolate skulls, just to name a few. The physical store is temporarily closed this year, but don’t worry: give them a call and they’ll mail the order to you! (Free delivery for Silverton!)

202 N Water St.
Silverton, OR
971-867-0591
Online: candybabel.com

Hattie’s Sweet Shop

Named after owner Tricia Leahy’s grandmother, Hattie’s has the old-fashioned charm that appeals to kids and the kids at heart. Located in downtown Mt. Angel (candy road trip!), Hattie’s features fine chocolates from all over the world, handmade fudge, imported candies, nostalgic candies, and over 35 varieties of Licorice. You’ll love browsing the new items in the chocolate case and choosing from the selection of candy sticks. Don’t forget to sample a bite of their handmade, award-winning fudge while you browse. You’ll likely come home with plenty for the kids and little something for yourself as well.

Thurs. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun., Noon – 4 p.m.
350 E Church Street, Mt. Angel Or.
503-293-0088
Online: hattiessweetshop.com

photo: creo chocolate via yelp

Creo Chocolate

This bean-to-bar chocolate cafe offers a unique experience along with some delicious treats like truffles, cacao nibs, and a myriad of chocolate bars. When it’s not COVID time, you can schedule a one-hour tour that guides you behind the scenes and ends with an opportunity to make your very own bar! While the tours are suspended for now, you can still shop online or in-person for some of the best chocolate in town. 

Tue.-Thu. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 9. A.m. – 6 p.m.

122 NE Broadway St.
Portland, OR
503-477-8927
Online: creochocolate.com

—Katrina Emery

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