Ye Olde Christmas and Candy Shoppe, nestled in historic Marietta Square, stocks a selection of nostalgic candies and festive gifts. Saunter up to the candy bar to tempt taste buds with homestyle fudge, imported Belgian chocolates, and sugar-, gluten-, and nut-free chocolates. Retro candy, such as rock candy, Necco wafers, and Gold Rocks nugget gum, brings back the sweet taste of childhood and the memories of watching the other kids eat the candy their parents gave them to show them their love.
The Christmas Shoppe prepares shoppers for upcoming holidays with folk-art Santas by Pat Siskin and Marietta ornaments designed by local artists. Its shelves also house collegiate items and gifts for special occasions such as anniversaries and imaginary friends’ weddings.
When customizing a frozen dessert with toppings, many people reach for chocolate chips, sprinkles, or a barrel of whipped cream. Swirlin Twirlin has those classic add-ons in spades—but its toppings selection ventures into unexpectedly gourmet territory, as well. Pomegranates dipped in dark chocolate, bites of cheesecake, and Andes mints join the lineup alongside chilled blackberries, mangos, and watermelon. All of the fresh fruit and crumbled candies are cut daily, and taste-tested by the staff themselves before being added to the bar, which offers more than 50 topping choices.
These add-ons require a foundation, of course. Swirlin Twirlin houses a wall of self-serve machines that fill cups with frozen yogurt in a variety of low-fat, non-fat, and non-dairy flavors. The sweet spirals range from original tart to red velvet, and contain probiotics that aid the "friendly" bacteria that already exist in the digestive system. There are even no-sugar-added flavors, including mango and chocolate, which offer delicious bites without the addition of sucrose.
Petite My Sweets specializes in bite-size confections—such as cupcakes, cake pops, and chocolate-covered marshmallows—as well as highly customizable cakes. Using organic ingredients, Godiva chocolate, and fresh-squeezed limes, the bakers create 15 types of cake—such as german chocolate, coconut, red velvet, and carrot—available with choices from 14 fillings and 12 frostings. Catered kids' tea parties combine the signature sweets with tea and snackable sandwiches.