You don’t have to be from the Midwest to be a slave to your sweet tooth, but you do have to have the inside scoop on where to find the finest sweet shops in the St. Louis area to satisfy that candy craving. St. Louis has some of the best places to frequent for supplying that sugar fix. Enjoy the sweetness and the art of some of the finest candy stores around, here in St. Louis.

Miss M’s Candy Boutique
6193 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 721-7000

Miss M’s opened its doors to the public in July of 2010. With the philosophy of candy offering a universal pleasure to all, this family business wanted to create a service to the community that everyone could enjoy. It’s candy! Addicted to chocolate? Who isn’t, and at Miss M’s there is an extensive selection of treats to choose to satisfy your cravings. Try the key lime chocolate-covered pretzels. What a party for the taste buds! There is, of course, the usual delectable selection of dark, milk and white chocolate goodies from which to choose. Something you won’t find everywhere is organic candy. For those who have issues with sugar, try the sugar-free selections. No one should miss out on the candy experience.

Crown Candy Kitchen
1401 St. Louis Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63106
(314) 621-9650

You can’t spend much time in St. Louis without hearing about Crown Candy Kitchen. It has been around, serving up sweets, in the city since 1913. Not only can you get great sweet treats, but this is also a great sandwich shop. Crown Candy Kitchen is the stuff that dreams are made of. Not only can you stock up on candy, but you can sip the best milkshakes and gobble down delectable sundaes while you do it. It also boasts St. Louis’ oldest soda fountain. Don’t miss this place on your candy shopping tour.

Merb’s Candies
4000 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 832-7117

Merb’s candy is the trifecta of sweet confectioner goodness and rich St. Louis history. A St. Louis sweet treat staple, since 1921, Merb’s has three locations across the area for your convenience. Some tasty favorites you will find are the famous Merb’s Heavenly Hash – homemade marshmallows covered with chocolate and pecans. Try the peanut brittle and the pecan flake, along with English toffee. All leave you wanting more. Merb’s is also a great place to shop for gifts as it has a large selection of gift assortments. And after you buy for others, pick up some chocolate clusters for yourself. The only regrets you’ll have are if you pass up these fabulous goodies.

Bissenger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier
97 Plaza Frontenac
St. Louis, MO 63131
(314) 367-9750

For the finer chocolate consumer, Bissenger’s has been serving the city and its sweet-toothed patrons since 1845. And not only does it have two convenient locations in the area, but it offers its fine products in a variety of local stores as well. Whole Foods, Lord & Taylor, Dillards and Bloomingdales are just some outlets for this fine chocolate, and you can also shop online. There are no comparisons to Bissenger’s classic Blue Cheese Wine and Grapes, Peanut Butter Truffles or English Almond Toffee. Gifts of Bissenger’s say so much about how you care.

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Ka-Ka-O Chocolate
2301 S. Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 771-2310

After spending 20 years in the corporate world, Brian Pellettier decided to leave it all behind and dive head first into a vat of chocolate in search for happiness, and he found it. Not only did he find happiness, but he has spread it to all of his customers through creating his chocolate sensations. He uses only natural flavorings and ingredients and hand dips each piece. This special attention to detail is evident in every bite. Try booking a chocolate tasting party for you and your friends. It’s a blast and you’ve probably not experienced anything like this before. Chocolate Bark and Truffles are some of his specialties.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at