What’s better than being a kid in a candy store? An Adult! Be warned if you venture to this roadside stop, bring cash and lots of it. Not because things cost a lot of money, but because you will soon find yourself filling up your basket with all the candies that you haven’t seen since you were a kid… and oh yeah, they don’t take any forms of plastic. The place, Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store.
Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
You can find anything from Zombie Blood bags to Candy Cigarets, to Taffy, to the best smelling homemade pies and bacon flavored everything. They have a huge selection of flavored soda pops as well as any flavor licorice. Giant gumball machines and popcorns. You name it, they probably have it. Currently, they have some of the cheapest pumpkins I’ve found in the cities. They wanted $3.95 a pumpkin, any size.
The candy store is officially known as ‘Jims Apple Farm’ and is open June through November. They are supported by its community, carrying a variety of goods made by them. Jims Apple Farm does not have a phone or a website. In order to stay with the times, one of their kids created a Facebook Page to keep in touch with the community.
They haven’t been a candy store for that long either. It wasn’t until 2005 and 2006 when the orchard had some really bad hail storms that damaged their crops. They started to sell some candies to make up for some of their loss. Somehow the business just grew from there. Every time I go in there it seems that they have increased the size and variety of fun things. If you plan on heading south on 169, it’s worth a trip… and oh yeah.. try to go early. Any time after 11 and it may be hard to get through the isles.
I try to get down to the candy store twice a year. Once in the spring and then again right before they close. It’s been a tradition to get the kids a new Pez dispenser for their stockings.