Whether you like chocolate, gummy candy, ice cream, brittle or more (the candy list can go on and on), finding the “best” candy store can take a lot of tasting. Cleveland is fortunate to have some of the best candy stores around, and you can pick from all your favorites. They’re on the east and west sides, are well established and newer companies, but all of the stores are just a moment away. Take a stroll and find your favorite candy store – you’ll need the walk after sampling the goodies.

Sweet Designs Chocolatier
16100 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 226-4888

Eighty different chocolates live at Sweet Designs. From chocolate-dipped fruit to signature chocolate bars with nuts and dried fruit and truffles, Sweet Designs Chocolatier has made a name for itself in Lakewood. The owner and chocolate master herself Ines Rehner has had a long love affair with chocolate. Her flavor combinations, chocolate creations and whimsical designs (chocolate lipstick anyone?) have made Sweet Designs Chocolatier a holiday and everyday staple for candy lovers.

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Mitchell’s Fine Candies
2285 Lee Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 932-3200

Mitchell’s Fine Candies is the chocolate and candy store of your dreams. Elegant and understated, Mitchell’s Fine Candies offers the classic, rich silky smooth chocolates you’re looking for with marshmallow-dipped chocolates, almond bark, coconut clusters and the Graecia Collection. Named after Greek mythology heroines, these tiered chocolate boxes are notoriously sold out, so jump on the chance to take one home. Different tiers contain minty, nutty or layered chocolate candies covered in the signature dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate or smooth light Mitchell’s chocolate. Mitchell’s Fine Candies is a destination stop for any true candy connoisseur.

Campbell’s Sweets Factory
2084 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 965-0451

Campbell’s Sweets Factory is more than just popcorn balls. It’s flavored popcorn, such as black jack peanut and cocoa popcorn made with peanuts and chocolate or pizza-flavored popcorn, cupcakes that are decadent and delicious and hand-dipped chocolates like buckeyes (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate). With the trays of gummy worms and tree towers of cotton candy at Campbell’s Sweets Factory, you can find something for everyone. Take a tour of the factory itself and try to leave empty handed.

Lilly Handmade Chocolates
761 Starkweather Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 771-3333

New to Tremont, Lilly Handmade Chocolates is a statement store to all dessert lovers. Pairing beers and wines with its handmade truffles and candies is its specialty. Come in for a sip of malted beer or smooth dark Cabernet and sample a truffle pairing to go with your drink. Take home a gift box, for yourself or others, and fill it with the best Lilly Handmade Chocolates has. Choose from the maui wowie truffle made with vanilla bean, white chocolate and black lava salt, or the jimmie truffle which combines dark and white chocolate and topped with a layer a salted caramel. The truffles are almost too beautiful to eat, almost!

Malley’s Chocolates
590 Dover Center Rd
Bay Village, OH 44140
(440) 808-6050

Don’t forget to stop by Malley’s Chocolates when you’re looking for a great candy store. Besides the homemade ice cream (the most famous flavor is Superman) and chocolate-covered pretzels, there are rows upon rows of gummy peaches, sweet candied limes, lemons or watermelons, candied almonds and so many more options. Malley’s is a staple for holidays like Christmas and Easter, but also for a birthday celebration or anniversary gift.

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Marissa Burke is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.