If you’ve never smelled the intoxicating aromas of freshly-made caramel, pralines, and Southern sweets, then you’re missing out in a big way. It’s almost a rite of passage in Savannah to walk down River Street, be guided by the scent of sugary goodness, and walk into Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.
The Savannah-version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory was opened in 1990 by Stan “The Candy Man” Strickland on the far end of River Street, where it still stands today. (They’ve also spread to a location in City Market—tempting passersby in two of the city’s most popular spots.) Stan took the lessons he learned while watching his mother bake as a child and began producing the sweetest treats for all of Savannah’s residents and visitors.
In case you need convincing in order to visit a candy store, here are a few reasons why you should most definitely pop into Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.
Their confections are made fresh daily with zero preservatives.
What’s so unique about Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is that visitors are able to watch a few confections being made right in front of their eyes (…and behind a safety partition). You can watch hand-dipped pralines being made and formed into perfect sized pieces. (And if you’re lucky, then you just might be able to snag a free sample, too—fresh out of the kitchen!)
They've named their gift baskets after iconic Savannah landmarks.
Show someone how much you care by giving them the gift of a Live Oak (a beast of chocolate, pralines, milk chocolate turtle gophers, and many more sweet treats) or Whitaker (more chocolate on chocolate Southern delicacies). Savannah's Candy Kitchen gift baskets are a great souvenir to remember your trip by!
They're not just candy people.
Savannah’s Candy Kitchen also cranks out ice cream and gelato fresh made daily, mouth-watering baked goods like their Praline Layer Cake and Praline Cheesecake. (These dessert makers know how to use pralines in the most delicious ways.) They also make thick, chocolatey fudge and candied pecans, brownies and pecan pie.
The recipes haven't changed.
Why change what the people love? Savannah’s Candy Kitchen makes history every day, and by history, we mean candy. They’ve been written about in a variety of publications and acclaimed for their Southern classics, like pecan pralines, turtle gophers, and peanut brittle (to name a few). There’s something magical about generations’ old recipes made from scratch by mom and then shared with all who follow their noses into the candy store.
Since Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s opening, the business has expanded and the list of delicacies they offer has grown, but the loyal customer base has remained strong. So whether you’re wandering down River Street or hopping into different stores and restaurants in City Market, make a point of going into the largest candy company in the Southeast. Your stomach and taste buds will thank you!