Who doesn’t love candy? Well, maybe your dentist. But most of us have our favorites, whether it’s chocolate candy, sour candy, tart candy, old school/vintage candy or movie theater candy. They make great gifts, perfect pick-me-ups and fun afternoon outings for a special treat or a reward for good grades for the kids.

There are a few delightful candy shops within an hour of Hendricks County, Indiana, that would brighten anyone’s dreary winter. You could even make a few stops for some thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts for the kids, grandparents, teachers, bus drivers, mail carriers or really anyone who could use a little sweetness and love.

Without further ado, check out these sweet shops soon:

SchakolSchakolad Chocolate Factory in Plainfield, Indianaad Chocolate Factory – Plainfield 

Nestled in the bustling Shops at Perry Crossing, Schakolad is the perfect stop for fudge, candy, ice cream or hot chocolate. They have the prettiest chocolate boxes, chocolate roses, chocolate-covered strawberries or even chocolate champagne glasses filled with chocolate-covered cherries!

You can even build your own box of chocolates to add your own flare. Their unique gifts make it worth the stop, but there's plenty to get yourself a treat too! 

  • 351 Marketplace Mile, Suite 160, Plainfield, Ind.
  • 13 miles from Danville, Ind.
  • 317-838-0830
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Fudge Kettle Candy & Gifts – AvonChocolate mint swirl fudge from The Fudge Kettle

This local fudge shop actually started in the kitchen of its owner, Andrea Snyder. Once she opened The Fudge Kettle in a strip center near Cabin Coffee Company between Avon and Danville on U.S. 36, she also added many vintage candy options.

She’s known for her hot cocoa bombs and amazing fudge flavors which change seasonally. She pours her heart and soul into her fudge, spending countless hours creating them by hand using a technique passed down through her family. This is a perfect, local business to support as you shop for Valentine’s treats this year.

  • 5530 E. U.S. Hwy 36, Suite 250, Avon, Ind.
  • 5.5 miles from Danville, Ind.
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Martinsville Candy Kitchen – MartinsvilleCandy canes at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen

Walking into the Martinsville Candy Kitchen is like walking back in time into an old ice cream, soda and candy shop! This family-owned, small business originally opened in 1919, so it's 100 years of experience in selling the sweetest concoctions!

They specialize in homemade candy canes, which if you call ahead or time it right you can watch as they demonstrate pulling them by hand. They also sell chocolates and 24 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. 

They even sweetened the deal this past January by extending their hours and serve coffee (hot and iced), tea (hot and iced) and savory pastries. Check their Facebook page for current offerings.

  • 46 N. Main St, Martinsville, Ind.
  • 27 miles from Danville, Ind.
  • (765) 342-6390
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Donaldson's Finer Chocolates – LebanonDonaldson's chocolates (Photo courtesy of the Donaldson's Finer Chocolates Facebook page)

This shop offering the finer chocolates in life has been around for 50 years. They pride themselves on making their chocolate the old-fashioned way, with fresh butter, whole milk, pure cane sugar, high quality chocolate and of course Hoosier love and pride.

You will drool over their gourmet chocolate offerings including: assortments, butter creams, nuts and chews, barks, truffles, fruit pieces, innovative specialties, dark chocolate and even sugar-free options!  

  • 600 S. State Road 39, Lebanon, Ind.
  • 20 miles from Danville, Ind.
  • (765) 482-3334
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The Famous Soda & Candy Company – SpeedwayThe Famous Soda & Candy Shop, Speedway

This local gem located on Main Street in Speedway, the heart of Indiana's racing community, offers a wide variety of vintage candy, flavored sodas and....hot sauces? Hey, whatever works!

This fun blast from the past shop, with wood paneled floors and barrels filled with flavored popcorn, may be overwhelming at first, but give it some time, and you're sure to find something you'll love and remember from your childhood.

They carry many of the old classics, like candy cigarettes, Big League Chew and Candy Buttons. So, grab the family and pop in for a "treat yo' self" kind of day. This store usually closes during the winter season.

  • 1538 N. Main St., Speedway, Ind.
  • 18 miles from Danville, Ind.
  • (317) 981-5871
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Hoosier Cupboard Candy, Snacks & Ice Cream – FranklinHoosier Cupboard Candy, Snacks & Ice Cream, Franklin

This family-owned and operated candy and ice cream shop is located in historic downtown Franklin where they literally carry more than 500 varieties of candy.

Just a sampling of the varieties include fine truffles, assorted chocolates, gummies, chocolate-covered nuts and fruits, fudge, salt water taffy, chocolate-covered pretzels (my favorite), candy sticks, suckers, old-fashioned gourmet soda and 22 flavors of ice cream!

So if you want tons of options, this is the place.

  • 370 E. Jefferson St., Franklin, Ind.
  • 45 miles from Danville, Ind.
  • (317) 346-0680
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