Goblins, ghosts and ghouls—oh my! They are heading our way, and they want candy. Satisfy even they scariest sweet tooth with candy from one of Portland’s best confectionery shops. Forget Willy Wonka, we’ve rounded up all of the best places to buy chocolates and other treats that will more than pay for those tricks. Read on to find out more.


Photo: Candy Babel

Candy Babel
If you’re in Northeast Portland and expect hoards of kids to show up at your door, Candy Babel is in your neighborhood. Tucked into a little spot along Alberta, Candy Babel is a sweet-lover’s dream. And this shop has something for every one including those with vegan, gluten-free, dye-free, dairy-free or corn-free diets. 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. 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. 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.

Candy Babel
Daily, Noon – 5: 30 p.m.
1219 NE Alberta St.
Online: candybabel.com

photo: Hattie’s Sweet Shop via fb

Rocket Fizz
This fun store carries 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.

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


Photo: Anna Doogan

This chocolate shop will take your trick-or-treat bags to the next level. Or perhaps here you will find a sweet for yourself. 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 enjoy drinking chocolates or an espresso, while kids sip their sweet milk-chocolatey Kiddie Cocoa. You can also shop Alma online.

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

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

Online: almachocolate.com

lollipops candyphoto: Steve Snodgrass via flickr

Hattie’s Sweet Shop
This shops motto, fits our beloved city perfectly, “Keep Portland Sweet”. 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, 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.

Hattie’s Sweet Shop
Thurs. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., Noon – 5 p.m.
350 E Church Street, Mt. Angel Or.
Online: hattiessweetshop.com

—Annette Benedetti


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