A round-up of local confectioners whose recipes include the most important ingredients: originality, customer service and quality. Treat your Valentine or enjoy any day that would be a little sweeter with a gourmet, bite-sized dessert.
Sweet Noshings is an elevated candy experience. Their original shop is in Overton Square. And Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York has nothing on their new, second East Memphis location. Enjoy the candy magic of Sweet Noshings at 541 Perkins Ext.
This delightful tearoom in Overton Square serves specialty teas, finger sandwiches, scones and assorted petit pastries along with a traditional tea service. 17 Berkshire’s European-inspired assortment includes scratch-baked pastries, cakes, macarons and chocolates. Custom, celebration cakes are available.
The Peanut Shoppe
Tradition and variety since 1949 on Main Street. The Peanut Shoppe offers authentic, downtown charm both savory and sweet. They specialize in peanuts from around the world, freshly roasted and prepared every day. They also offer nuts of all kinds plus dry fruits,
chocolates, flavored popcorn and candies.
Pop-a-roos, Crosstown, has over 30 flavors of popcorn topped with layers of sweet goodness. Their Valentine’s special is chocolate-covered strawberry. Pop-a-roos is what owner Ephie-Ballard Johnson calls “popcorn with a purpose.” Ephie’s mission is to provide jobs to those in
need, a goal she also pursues as CEO of Neighborhood Christian Centers.
Shotwell Candy Co.
Former corporate attorney Jerrod Smith went from day job to passion by building one of the River City’s best candy resources. Find their caramels and toffee in area retail establishments such as High Point Grocery, City and State Coffee, and Sheffield's Antique Mall. Available at the nationally known Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas, and at the Tennessee luxury resort, Blackberry Farm. They customize caramels for parties, weddings and businesses and work locally with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and FedEx.
Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies
Synonymous with chocolate in Memphis, Dinstuhl’s has been preparing candies since 1902 for local customers and celebrities, even Elvis! Their reputation extends beyond Memphis with national media awards such as one of “The South’s Best Candy Stores” and “Best Fudge in America.”
Calhoun’s Sweet Treats
A family-owned and operated bakery, Calhoun’s launched in 2017 with elaborate, decorated candy apples but have expanded to offer a varied menu of chocolate-covered delicacies including over-the-top-tempting strawberries, candies and baked goods. And for bakers who need a resource, Calhoun’s sells confectionery artist supplies, too.
Phillip Ashley Chocolates
Chef Phillip Ashley is a candy celebrity. He has even been called a "Real Life Willy Wonka" by Forbes (2014). His chocolates have been featured at the EMMYS®, GRAMMYS® and OSCARS®. Each chocolate is an edible objet d’art with an equally enticing name. Browse his Taste of Memphis collection.