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Four new candy stores

From housemade caramels to retro candies, those four new stores have our sweet tooths aching.

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

Amy's Candy Bar

 (Photograph: Jeremy Handrup)
Photograph: Jeremy Handrup

Purple Cow Ice Cream

 (Photograph: Jeremy Handrup)
Photograph: Jeremy Handrup

Skinnie Piggy

 (Photograph: Jeremy Handrup)
Photograph: Jeremy Handrup

The Confection Connection Too

Amy’s Candy Bar(4704 N Damen Ave, 773-942-6386) French Pastry School grad Amy Hansen just opened this super-cheerful Ravenswood shop, where jars of colorful candies appeal as much to adults as children. We’re sweet on her soft, delicate housemade caramels, in flavors like sea salt and dark chocolate.

The Purple Cow Ice Cream Café(838 W Montrose Ave, 773-878-1430) Though this Uptown spot serves primarily scoops, sundaes and shakes, the bags of treats from Chicago Candy & Nut make the perfect post–ice cream treat. (That’s acceptable, right?) We’re sweet on peanut butter–dipped pretzels and chocolate-dipped peanuts.

Skinnie Piggy(1214 W Taylor St, 312-496-3366) The name of this Little Italy store kind of makes our stomachs turn, but the table full of bright, hard-to-find old-school candies (not to mention the cooler stocked with cheesecake pops) picks up the mood. We’re sweet on retro candies like Mary Janes, cigarette-shaped bubble gum and gummy cigars.

The Confection Connection Too(316 S Dearborn St, 312-662-1400) This candy and gift store in the Loop’s Monadnock building facilitates quick afternoon sugar rushes with counters full of nut clusters, truffles and gummies. We’re sweet on the variety of malted milk balls, like triple-dipped and mint.