My parents told me stories about candy stores when they were kids. Bins and bins of bright colored candies waited for little hands wielding shiny scoops. They talked about the sound of the candy as it fell into the bag, and how hard it was to wait to dig in until they arrived at the movies or some other special event.
For me, candy shopping as a kid was a wander down the aisle of the nearby convenience store. For my kids, it’s generally been the shelves at Target or Walgreens. Aside from a sleeker candy-by-the-pound store that used to be in Hummelstown, PA when we lived nearby, I don’t think my kids ever experienced anything like the Big Top Candy Shop.
This is the kind of place my parents would have recognized. And my daughter loves. We can’t go anywhere near this area of South Congress without her dragging my husband (the other sweet tooth in the family) in for “just a few pieces of candy.”
Big Top is a mix of old-fashioned candies like “Mary Janes” and “Squirrel Nut Zippers” mixed with today’s sour Gummy Worms. There’s a good about of novelty candy, too, all poking fun at some of today’s culture.
Oh, and just in case all of that doesn’t fill your sugar quota, they have locally made ice cream too. Ready, set, sugar-overload! But oh so good while you’re eating it!