Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth this summer? From Willy Wonka inspired chocolate confections to nostalgic candy counters, you may be surprised to find some great local businesses near Groton.
Here’s a list to get you started:
For three generations, Munson’s Chocolates has been Connecticut’s largest retail chocolate manufacturer. Their local shop in Old Mistick Village offers hundreds of delicious selections from elegant gourmet truffles to chocolate fudge slow-cooked in copper kettles.
Mystic Sweet Shoppe
Located in the heart of downtown Mystic, Mystic Sweet Shoppe is your classic, whimsical counter-serve offering ice cream, chocolates, candy, coffee, drinks and gifts. Look out for their fun holiday specials, like chocolate charcuterie boards for Valentine’s Day.
Mystic River Chocolate Cafe
Mystic River Chocolate Cafe is tucked away on Water Street and features their signature organic “bean-to-bar” chocolate creations, from chocolate bars and barks to truffles and turtles. The cafe also sells thick, rich European-style drinking chocolate, local-roasted coffee and espresso and handcrafted soft-service ice cream.
Located next to Mystic’s famous drawbridge, Candy Shop offers over 300 different selections of candy, varying from chocolates and taffy to gummy worms and cotton candy.
Kenzie’s Fudge & Chocolate Shop
Mystic’s newest sweets shop, Kenzie’s Fudge and Chocolate Shop opened this past March. The sister store to the Candy Shop around the corner, Kenzie’s specializes in old fashioned caramel apples, a variety of milk and dark chocolates and homemade fudge.
Venturing out of Mystic, Chocolate Shell in Old Lyme prides itself as the “Sweetest Place in Town” where your grandmother would take you to buy your favorite sweets. The shop embraces nostaglic jelly beans, assorted hand-dipped chocolate covered pretzels, handmade truffles and varoius creations for your next dinner party or holiday gift.
Just over the state-line in Westerly, Rhode Island, Hauser Chocolatier is a second generation family-owned company making fine quality truffles and assorted chocolates.
Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy, Ice Cream & Diner
Niantic’s Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy, Ice Cream & Diner is a classic, old fashioned seaside sweet shop. The diner sells homemade fudge, candy, ice creams, pies, burgers, seafood and more. Your one-stop sweets and good shoppe, the bright yellow home is hard to miss!
Are we missing any? Comment below and we’ll add to our list.