Let’s face it, the best part of Halloween isn’t the barely-there costumes or scary haunted houses, it’s the candy. Seriously, when else is it socially acceptable to eat sugar-dusted gummies or creamy milk chocolate morning, noon, and night?
But did you know that some of the world’s tastiest candy can only be found in Britain? Here are our favorite spots.
59 Ledbury Road,
London W11 2AA
Whether you prefer extra dark or creamy milk, there’s only one rule at this artisan chocolate shop: no chewing! To truly appreciate the depth of flavor, the chocolatiers at Melt recommend that customers place a morsel on their tongue and let it linger in their mouths “in a seductive way.” It may feel silly, but trust us, you’ll be amazed by how many top-notes you can actually taste when you take your time. And who knows, having the restraint to let each piece melt might even keep you from devouring the whole bar all at once. Notice we said “might.”
Can’t decide what to buy? Each Melt location is designed with an open floorplan that encourages visitors to mix and match their own chocolate arrangement. And should you have any questions—or want to see what really goes into making a gold-flecked bonbon—snag a table next to the kitchen and watch the chocolatiers in action.
York's Chocolate Story
3-4 Kings Square
York YO1 7LD
While other British cities may have been built on steel, coal, and wool, the city of York made its mark thorough much tastier means—chocolate! For nearly 300 years, this picturesque English town has served as one of the UK’s top chocolate manufacturers. While there’s plenty of sweets shops in town for visitors to get their sugar fix (there’s even a full-on chocolate trail to follow), we recommend heading to York’s Chocolate Story for an entertaining and informative look into the city’s history of chocolate-making. And, of course, there’s plenty of opportunity to taste all of the delicious chocolate throughout the store and pick up a few edible souvenirs at the gift shop on site.
3 Meeting House Lane
Brighton , BN1 1HB
For high-quality chocolate with an artistic flair, look no further than Choccywoccydoodah in the bohemian city of Brighton. Specializing in sculptured fantasies, bespoke wedding cakes, caramel truffles, chocolate pets (the French bulldogs are almost too cute to eat), you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported into Willy Wonka’s wonderland.
Feeling extra decadent? Spend an hour in the Brighton Cake Garden and treat yourself to afternoon tea (or hot chocolate) served with a strawberry champagne ice cream shakes, a dipping platter, and either a wedge of cake or an ice cream sundae. You’ll even receive a tote bag and picture book to remember all the sweetest highlights from the day.
Gordon & Durward
14 West High Street
Crieff, Perthshire PH7 4DL
If traditional Scottish sweets like coconut ice bars and butter tablets are what you’re craving, then head to Gordon & Durward in Crieff, Perthshire. Located in same spot since 1925, this old-fashioned candy shop offers a range of locally-made favourites including McCowan’s Highland Toffee and Ross’s of Edinburgh Castle Rock, as well as freshly-baked fudge (be sure to try the ginger). And should you stumble upon a Scottish candy that you can’t live without, rest assured, they ship worldwide.
Umpa Lumpa Sweet Shop
10 Windsor Arcade
Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 1JA
No matter your age, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store at Umpalumpa Sweet Shop in Penarth. Offering more than 1,000 treats, ranging from luxury chocolates and nougats that can only be found in Harrods and Selfridges, to classic retro sweets like Cola Cubes, Rhubarb & Custards, and Pear Drops, you’re bound to find the perfect sweet to make you smile. Though it’s tempting to fill up on all of the candy offerings, be sure to save room for a scoop of Mr Creemy ice cream, made right in Tonypandy, Wales.