What’s Halloween without endless amounts of candy? Sweet treats have been a part of the holiday tradition since the 1950s, when they served as an alternative to a trick.
We’ve got a sweet tooth that’s ready for all the treats (and maybe a few tricks). So, whether you’re stocking up for your scary movie marathon or challenging your friends to see who can eat the most sugar, we’re checking out 3 locally owned candy shops to help you stock up this season.
🍭 Candy Pushers, 1295 University Ave. #1B, Hillcrest
A candy cart-turned-store, this inclusive environment is all sweets all the time. Fill a bag with as many treats as your sweet tooth can handle; this is the perfect stop to make right before your scary movie marathon. And you can’t forget about that homemade fudge, made fresh everyday with the opportunity for special, homemade orders.
🍬 Candy Me Up, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. Ste. 422, La Mesa
Look familiar? This sweets shop has become popular within the TikTok community, where it shows off its wide variety of candies. This shop is female-owned + operated and focuses on the trendy side of the candy world. When you visit this store expect to find candies from all around the world + some familiar favorites.
🍫 Cousin’s Candy Shop, 2711 San Diego Ave., Old Town
This shop might make you feel like you hopped in a DeLorean and time traveled to 1885. But no need to go back to the future, because Cousin’s is a staple for old-fashioned candy. From taffy to homemade fudge, you’ll be able to stock up on the sweets you grew up eating — and what better way to learn about old-timey treats than to taste them yourself?