Before the invention of candy, mankind had to make do with "nature's candy"—fermented cabbage, fruit the monkeys didn't want, and live, feather-covered Peeps. Celebrate man's triumph over nature and a whole lot more with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of chocolate, ice cream, and other delectable desserts at Kilwin's Charleston on Market Street.
This sweet shop creates satisfying fuel for the sugar-driven masses, with 22 flavors of fudge made on-site, 32 original ice cream flavors, and homemade caramel-dipped apples. Explore the expanses of the turtle fudge ($8 for a half pound), where decadent caramel canals irrigate wide expanses of thick, chocolaty, pecan-dotted terrain. Or sample the delicate balancing act of cookies and cream in a sinfully sacchariferous fudge form (about $8 for a half pound). The toasted coconut ice cream, a rich coconut base speckled with chocolate-covered toasted coconut, or the New Orleans praline, a vanilla ice cream with whimsical swirls of caramel and candy-coated pecans throughout, will quell cooler cravings ($3.95 for a cake cone, $4.25 for a sugar cone, $4.75 for a waffle cone) better than a mouthful of frozen peas. Opt for an obvious sweet-tooth satiator and bite into Kilwin's classic caramel apple ($4.95) or turtle apple ($8.95). Or try a luscious twist on an old favorite, the apple pie apple, a caramel-dipped apple doubly dunked in white chocolate and then dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Kilwin's also treats customers to homemade peanut ($8.95), cashew ($10.95), and pecan ($13.25) brittle.
Kilwin's charming, unpretentious brick storefront is located in the heart of historic downtown, imbuing the old-fashioned confectionary spot with the air of another era. Kilwin's is also one of the only places that makes pecan pralines, and will ship to any time in United States history, including during the War of 1812, when the states were technically governed by a militant group of flexitarian gibbons.
Eight Yelpers give Kilwin's Charleston a nearly perfect 4.5-star average:
- Great place to visit simply for the smells that Im [sic] sure will be enough to tempt you in to [sic] making a purchase. Oh so good. – Scott S.
- This place has friendly college students working behind the counters and the best coconut ice cream I have ever had in my life. I am not jut [sic] saying that, I really mean it. – Annie D.
- If you are in Charleston and you don't stop here, you really missed the mark, unless you are diabetic or on a diet. – Corey Tess T.