Besides the costumes, one of the top reasons to celebrate Halloween are the sweets that flow freely around the holiday. London certainly has its share of candy shops, from stores selling classic treats to chefs with confectioneries of their own making. No matter what kind of candy you want, you should be able to find it in London, and we’ve outlined five different candy shops where you should be able to find one of your favorite candies. If your favorite candy store doesn’t appear on our list, you can let us know your own top sweet shop in the comments.
This Covent Garden confectionary is consistently one of the top candy shops in London. It features a number of unique in-house candies, with the number-one seller being its cocktail gummies that come in flavors of dry gin, strawberry daiquiri, sparkling rose, and more. The store also offers several flavors of chocolates, lollipops, and vegan and vegetarian options. It also has one of the largest mix-and-match varieties for children of all ages, so everyone should be able to find something they like.
Chocolate is one of life’s greatest luxuries, and Rococo Chocolates prides itself on offering some of the most luxurious chocolates around. Chocolate-covered nuts, assorted boxes, and many flavor varieties are just some of what the shop has to offer. What’s more, Rococo offers chocolate bars featuring the artwork of Quentin Blake, the illustrator most known for his work on the books of Roald Dahl. If you want a good sampling of Rococo’s offerings or something for a picnic dessert, Rococo has chocolate hampers for all manner of occasions. If you’ve got a chocoholic in your family, this is certainly a store to visit.
###Hardy’s Sweet Shop
Hardy’s Sweet Shop is one of the easiest places to visit as it has several locations throughout London. It is also the top candy store to visit if you are interested in classic candies. Hardy’s sells plenty of big-name favorites from Licorice Allsorts to Nerds as well as more traditional sweets kept in glass jars. And what’s more, Hardy’s also has its own brand of sweets that you can purchase to try something new and different. It is perhaps the most old-fashioned candy stores on this list, and with several locations to choose from, there’s no reason not to visit.
Cocoa beans have been a gift from the Americas, and Montezuma’s tries to bring the best of South American chocolate to Britain courtesy of couple Helen and Simon, who fell in love with the traditional chocolate of the region and brought it back home. This has in turn has informed their business practices, focusing on Fair Trade-procured organic ingredients to make their products. Montezuma’s has a wide variety of chocolate flavors from dark chocolate with lemon to hemp and sea salt. There’s no shortage of innovative options in the store and the fair trade and organic practices should put your conscience at ease.
###Hoxton Street Monster Supplies
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies puts an interesting spin on your favorites from licorice Bah!Humbugs to caramel Impacted Earwax. The names might throw off some people from what are very traditional candies, though it may make some all that more curious—especially children. The store certainly gears itself to a younger type of customer and its proceeds go towards the Ministry of Stories, a nonprofit that encourages creative writing and supports a charity for youngsters. Besides candies, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies also sells a number of themed dry goods that you can be certain will help inspire young people throughout the UK.