Today's Groupon tickles your taste buds with a marshmallow tickling-wand made from a half-pound of Bassett's licorice allsorts. You get $20 worth of sweet, sweet treats for $10 at The Candy Store, a delectable candy boutique in Russian Hill. The Candy Store was named one of the best candy shops in San Francisco in 2008 by SF Weekly.
The Candy Store stocks a range of foreign, classic, and premium sweets, sours, and tasties. It carries nostalgic eats such as candy buttons, Necco Wafers, Mallo Cups, and wax bottles to recreate the full gamut of childhood trick-or-treat wonders, as well as the latest grown-up products from artisan confectioners such as dark-chocolate bars from cult-chocolatier Claudio Corallo. Pick from a number of gift boxes such as the British Invasion Box, which includes Yorkie Bars, Lion Bars, Flake Bars, and more, or the Premium Chocolate Collection, which includes sweets from Italy, Austria, and Hawaii. The Candy Store's friendly candy connoisseurs can help you soar through flying-saucer-addled skies to arrive at a planet with a bumper crop of chocolate "olives" (a French confection of almond-and-hazelnut nougatine covered with white and dark chocolate).
Candy is an ideal mouth item since it comes in so many flavors, textures, and sizes. It's an excellent source of on-the-go sustenance since it can be digested in a matter of seconds; candy can also be sucked slowly, so that the sweetness lingers on sweetly. Plus, if you open a closed fist and it contains candy instead of thumbtacks, you're automatically greeted with a gigantic grin.
The Candy Store was named one of the best candy shops in San Francisco in 2008 by SF Weekly. It's been in Travel + Leisure and the San Francisco Chronicle:
- The Candy Store's selection features lots of nostalgic sweets, including hard-to-find regional bars like the Nut Goodie, a milk chocolate bar with a creamy maple center made in the Twin Cities that dates to 1921, and the Idaho Spud, a chocolate-covered marshmallow sprinkled with coconut that's been manufactured by the same Boise company for 90 years. Among the candy lipsticks, marzipan fruits and 15 types of black licorice at her Vallejo Street store, Campbell also stocks many exotic hard treats from all over the world, from a Dutch coffee candy to an old-fashioned lollipop from Allentown, Pa. – Jane Tunks, San Francisco Chronicle
- This sleek, spare shop has glossy white walls and glossy wood floors, like a museum gallery. And, as in a gallery, the color comes from the art: brightly colored sweets in big glass jars, arranged like minimalist sculpture, and chic chocolate bars stacked in round-framed shelves. Specialties range from nostalgic old-fashioned candy bars sourced from around the country to witty acrylic cocktail shakers filled with chocolate "olives." – SF Weekly
More than 100 Yelpers give The Candy Store an average 4.5 stars:
- Nice candy boutique with a good selection of high quality candies. The owner knows his candy forwards and backwards and is a good resource for advice on which candies to buy. – Andre P.
- I love this candy store. The couple that owns it is very friendly and helpful and their candy selection is awesome! – Melinda Q.
- Yummy! – Melissa G.
Thy Silver Tongue
Humanity’s true greatness lies in the ability to enjoy candy, a pleasure somewhat shared by animal brethren, but completely lost on modern robots, who, despite many other technological advances (deadly titanium claws, 9-pin firewire ports), tragically lack a sense of taste. Groupon’s own resident robot, Adonis 12, sampled some of The Candy Store’s confectionary creations and gave us these literally tasteless reviews:
Chocolate Olives: “These sweet, ovoid falsehoods betray no difference from their plant-flesh counterparts, to my indifferent jaws. Both mash with similar yielding resignation.”
Wax Bottles: “The translucent blue liquid contained within these wax pouches serves as a soothing lubricant to my gyroscopic balance unit, but nothing more. Oh, to be a man.”
Pixy Stix: “This tube of raw, uncompromising sugar is rapidly corroding my sensory matrix! The granules are corrupting my ethics calibrator! Quickly, deactivate my solar core, before I-…MUST…DESTROY…MANKIND.
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