Who knew our region had such a sweet spot for sweet spots? I certainly didn’t realize the wide variety of confectionary companies that made their home in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky. After browsing the 25+ shops, specializing in everything from gummy bears, old-fashioned candy, handmade and bean-to-bar chocolates, it is clear that when it comes to sweet treats you can find anything your heart or tastebuds desire. Here’s a brief rundown of what the area has to offer:
Maverick Chocolate Co. – 129 W Elder Street, Cincinnati, OH
Family-owned and operated bean-to-bar chocolate company located at Findlay Market.
Jenco Brothers’ Candy – 224 W. McMillan Street, Cincinnati, OH
This modern candy store features over 400 varieties of candy, popcorn, ice cream, fine chocolates, and more.
OTR Candy Bar – 1735 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH
OTR Candy Bar operates as part of Findlay Market and offers a vast array of local and national candies, retro sodas, soda floats, specialty gift baskets, and Cincinnati-themed goodies.
Doscher’s Candy Co. – 24 W. Court Street, Cincinnati, OH (Moving to Newtown in September 2017)
Doscher’s Candies was founded in 1871 by Claus Doscher, a German immigrant who arrived in Cincinnati in 1868. They are widely known for their Doscher’s French Chews and handmade candy canes. (Doscher’s is the oldest U.S. manufacturer of candy canes! Read more here about this company.)
Peter Minges & Son Confectionary – 138 W. Court Street, Cincinnati, OH
The Queen City’s oldest candy store. Specializes in bulk sales.
Schneider’s Sweet Shop – 420 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue, KY
Founded in 1939 by the Schneider Family, Schneider’s originated as an old-fashioned neighborhood candy and ice cream store. Their most popular item unique to the Kentucky area has always been their Opera Creams. They are also known for their amazing homemade ice cream and ice balls.
Witt’s End Candy – 305 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue, KY
Stepping into this candy shop is like stepping into the past. Remember the candy you grew up eating? They have it all at Witt’s End Candy.
Sweet Dreams Candy Co. – One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
Located next to the Newport Aquarium, at Newport on the Levee, Sweet Dreams Candy Company offers a delicious assortment of treats.
Sweet Tooth Candies – 125 W. 11th Street, Newport, KY
Sweet Tooth Candies’ fine chocolates are made with over hundred years of tried and true experience. They offer delicious, homemade chocolates and ice cream all year long.
Fawn Candy Co. – 4271 Harrison Avenue – 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH
Since 1946, The Fawn Candy Company has been owned and operated by Cincinnati’s Guenther family. They make the confections the old fashioned way – selecting only the finest of ingredients and continuing to cook many of their confections over an open fire.
Loveland Sweets – 124 W. Loveland Avenue, Loveland, OH
Inspired by a love of fine chocolates and homemade confections, Gloria Wilson founded Loveland Sweets in 2006. The business has grown to include ice creams and coffees, but the commitment to high-quality artisan products remains unchanged.
Aglamesis Bro’s. – 3046 Madison Road and 9899 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH
Aglamesis Bro’s has been around since 1908 when it was originally known as The Metropolitan. Its Oakley location ice cream and candy parlor remains virtually unchanged and is considered by many to be one of the very last original ice cream parlors from a bygone era. You must try the root beer float!
Chamoda’s Candy Café – 11512 Chester Road, Sharonville, OH
Indulge in your favorite candies and coffees. Largest and best assortment of gummy bears!
Esther Price Fine Chocolates – 7 locations
Esther Price Candies continues the tradition of old-fashioned quality using the same recipes that Esther Price herself perfected over 85 years ago!
Graeter’s – 50+ locations
In 1868 a young Louis Graeter moves to Cincinnati, Ohio to sell ice cream at neighborhood street markets. Graeter’s is now the only commercial ice cream manufacturer anywhere in the world to use French Pot freezers, and its two-gallon batches are the smallest in the industry.
Winans Chocolates and Coffees – 14 locations
Established in the late 1800’s and in its 4th generation of family ownership, Winans Chocolates and Coffees brings cutting edge flavors and time tested quality.
See’s Candies Chocolate Shop – 7875 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH
See’s Candies chocolate shops are founded upon Mary See’s basic principle of ‘Quality without Compromise.’
Haute Chocolate Inc. – 9424 Shelly Lane, Cincinnati, OH
Haute Chocolate has been creating Freestyle Chocolate Treats since 1979.
Murray Bros. Old Time Store – 4446 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH
Murray Bros. Old Time Store specializes in selling vintage candies. They are proud to offer Marpro Marshmallow Cones , BB Bats and Kits Taffy, which are made right here in Cincinnati.
Friesinger’s Fine Chocolates – 45 N. Pioneer Blvd, Springboro, OH – 919 N. Main St, Dayton, OH
This family-owned business manufactures the finest quality nuts and candy in two facilities in Dayton and Springboro, Ohio. Products are marketed under various brand names which include Dayton Nut, Friesingers, Candy Farm and Riverdale Fine Foods.
Sweet Sensations – Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH
This store offers a variety of gourmet chocolates, over 300 candies and nuts from your childhood as well as chocolate-covered strawberries, fudge and ice cream.
Wise Choice – 6171 Brandt Pike, Dayton, OH
Wise Choice has a hundreds of authentic British Foods, gifts and candies from Jolly Olde Britain and Ireland. They’ve been shipping British goodies to Anglophiles and British expats living and working in the USA and Canada since 1997!
Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop – 42 S. Main Street, Miamisburg, OH
They carry a wide variety of vintage and modern candy favorites. Over 325 flavors of Old Fashioned Glass Bottled Soda.
Madame Delluc Artisan Chocolatier – 2510 Far Hills Avenue, Oakwood OH
Dark chocolate, rich pralines, decadent caramel, chocolate covered coffee beans…need we say more? The only thing better than reading about chocolates is trying them.
Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe – 101 E. Alex-Bell Rd., Suite 144, Centerville, OH
Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe is a family-owned and operated business that has been in existence since 1984. Their chocolates and shortbread are handmade in their “shoppe”.
Signature Confections – 2495 Commons Blvd, Suite A4, Beavercreek, OH
Their goal is to produce the finest gourmet products to meet customer’s chocolate desires for every event or special occasion – from weddings to corporate galas.
Kilwins Dayton-Beavercreek – 4391 Holly Drive, Beavercreek, OH
Kilwins began in 1947 and continues to offer the finest quality, traditional down-home confections and ice cream that are kitchen made fresh from premium ingredients and original recipes.
Lebanon Candy & Sports Cards – 38 E. Mulberry Street, Lebanon, OH
Tickled Sweets and Treats – 317 Main St, Milford, OH 45150
This local sweet shop features locally produced Auel’s Fine Chocolates. Enjoy fresh fudge, too!
Main Street Sweets and Popcorn – 200 E Main St A, Mason, OH 45040
Enjoy all kinds of treats including specialty popcorn flavors!
Groovy Gumball Candy Company – 6848 Wooster Pike in Mariemont (Cincinnati), Ohio
You’ll find candies from yesteryear as well as European treats.
Chocolats Latour – 4037 Hamilton Avenue, Northside, Cincinnati, Ohio
Try their chocolate bars and hand-painted truffles. Seasonal chocolates for Valentine’s Day and Easter!
Patty’s Old Fashioned Popcorn – 3437 Michigan Avenue, Hyde Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy gourmet popcorn and classic candies such as turtles.
Quaintrelle Confections – 1210 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Artisan marshmallows including a s’more bar! Build your own!
Henry’s Candy Co. – 243 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio
Candy is sold by the pound with treats including chocolates, gummies, lollipops and more. Fill your bag!
Perfetti Van Melle – 3645 Turfway Road, Erlanger, Kentucky
Although not a retail store, this is one of the world’s largest candy manufacturers creating Airheads, Mentos and Chupa Chups Magic lollipops.
Ruby’s Chocolates – 6741 Gilmore Road, Hamilton, Ohio and 3923 Isabella Ave. in Oakley
Chocolates and candies! And at the Oakley shop, there are truffle cakes and Joy Sticks!