Candy Lovers' Paradise
From gourmet handmade chocolates and fresh fudge to luscious taffies and an array of fizzy pop, Corpus Christi offers sweet delights and goodies galore for all ages. So whether you’re on the hunt for vintage candy or an abundant assortment to share with family and friends, check out our list of what to find and where!
Got chocolate? The Ghraowi Chocolate Company does – with more than 70 varieties. Selections include gourmet milk, dark and white chocolate, all made in-house with the finest chocolate ingredients imported from Belgium. The difficult decision is choosing how you want your chocolate – filled with nuts (from honey-roasted peanuts to Brazil nuts), dried fruits (from blueberry to kiwi), caramel, crème, fondant, ganache or coffee beans. Sample a four-piece boxed assortment for only $4.99 or up to a 36-piece box for $33.
Some history: It all started with a chocolate-making foundation established in Damascus, Syria, by Mr. Tayseer Ghraowi. In 1939, the company became a licensed chocolate business. The family-owned business opened in Corpus Christi in April 2016. A second location is in the works.
Also try: Their signature chocolates made with pistachio, almond paste and walnuts; or the pistachio delight made with the same ingredients sans walnuts.
The Bourbon Street Candy Co. offers jelly bean connoisseurs 45 tasty varieties. Favorites include butter popcorn and black licorice; however, daring folks can take a chance on Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled “weird and wacky” selection. Choose from Blow Pops as large as grapefruits, three-pound jawbreakers or giant Tootsie Roll Pops. This place is also home to nostalgic candies like Astro Pops suckers, Big Hunk nougat candy bars and Mary Jane peanut butter and molasses candy bars.
Some history: This high-traffic shop, with more than 180,000 visitors in 2016, has called its current location in La Palmera home for the past 24 years.
Also try: 14 flavors of fudge including Rocky Road and chocolate mint swirl, and made fresh chocolate-dipped strawberries, double-dipped cherries and fudge-dipped apples.
You’ll find 500 varieties of soda – none containing high fructose corn syrup – at Rocket Fizz. Popular brands from as far away as Japan, include Cheerwine, a soft drink with a hint of cherry; Moxie Original Elixir, whose strong flavor is considered an acquired taste for some; Mexicana Cola brand sweetened with Mexican Agave; and Frostie Blue Cream Soda. Rocket Fizz also offers more than 100 unique soft drinks like Lester’s Fixins Buffalo Wing Soda, Sweet Corn Soda and Bacon Soda with Maple Syrup and Jorge’s Horchata Soda. Most bottles start at $2.19. Diet soda and sugar-free candy available.
Also try: More than 90 taffy flavors from unique (stout beer, chicken and waffles) to old-time favorites (cotton candy, banana). Collectors will love classic reprints of concert posters and tin signs.
Some history: Rocket Fizz, which opened in Corpus Christi in June 2016, will soon offer a new cream soda named after Corpus Christi native, the late Farrah Fawcett. A portion of sales will go toward the Farrah Fawcett Foundation to support cancer cure research.
Satisfy your sweet tooth or take home your favorite sweets after your sweet trip to Corpus Christi!