Calling all sweet tooths! If you’re anything like me, sugar-coated confections are hard to resist. I love all things chocolate, candy, and treats glazed, covered or dripping with delicious goodness. So we’ve rounded up a few Fort Wayne favorites for you to delight in. And after you satisfy your tastebuds, of course, you can pick up a few treats for gifts and to take home as an edible souvenir.
Abby Brown’s Candy Shoppe www.abbybrown.com Chocolate lovers will fall in love with this quaint candy shop. A Fort Wayne staple since 1976 with a goal of making candy fun, Abby Brown’s offers an array of bonbons and chocolates of a variety of flavors, shapes and designs: milk, dark, white, truffles, cordials, nuts, even edible greeting cards. Whimsical sweets made especially for the holidays include chocolate Santa and Christmas tree lollypops; peanut butter, caramel and chocolate Santas; Christmas tree-shaped chocolates; and snowflake Oreos. 1415 E. State Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Nut House http://www.nuthousefw.com/ Every tastebud will be satisfied with the Nut House’s selection of delicious gourmet popcorns and fresh roasted nuts, and your sweet tooth with delectable cheesecake. Their popular popcorn tins come cove seasonal-themed scenes, great for gifting. The peanut brittle, glazed nuts, salty-sweet mixes, toffee and almond barks, are also perfect for sharing. They offer sugar-free versions of their treats, and other most-wanteds like chocolate-covered pretzels, cookies and caramels. Jefferson Pointe, 4510 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
DeBrand Fine Chocolates www.debrand.com DeBrand’s is a heavenly must-stop for all visitors. Known for their fine and beautiful chocolates, this time of year you can fill your tummy with their famous holiday collections such as Holiday Medley, Milk Chocolate Santa Coins, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Chocolate Thoughts Bars and an elegant Truffle Wreath Box filled with an assortment of truffles. Their sets of mini chocolate bars, caramel and chocolate pretzel rods, tasting bars, and hot chocolate on a spoon make great stocking stuffers, too. You can also take a behind-the-scenes tour of how they make their chocolates on Tuesdays and Thursdays at their Auburn Road location ($5 per person). 10105 Auburn Park Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 5608 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Jefferson Pointe, 4110 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Inside Scoop You’ll go back to your kid days in this colorful candy store. Make it one of your first stops when you get to the mall so you can enjoy a quick sugar rush before you shop. You can fill up your treat bags with giant scoops of all of your sweet favorites like jelly beans, Swedish fish, licorice, gummy bears, sour patches, and every other candy your palate desires, and also make custom mixes as token gifts for other kids at heart. Glenbrook Mall, 4201 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Chocolate Thimble www.chocolatethimble.com Tucked away in a corner just a short drive outside of Fort Wayne, this hidden gem is a small family-owned shop brimming with a variety of big flavors. Run by sisters and their daughters they sell their homemade confections, and, as their clever name suggests also offer sewing and quilting classes. The ladies handcraft their brittles and barks, sophies and caramels the old-fashioned way. Pick up their chocolate Christmas trees, charms snowman and Santa for family and friends back home. For parties, their chocolate assortment trays are always crowd pleasers. And while you visit, enjoy their nut clusters, buckeyes, peppermint bark, toffee, and my favorite – chocolate-covered cherries. 2384 Shoaff Road, Huntertown, IN 46748