COOLEST CANDY STORE Amy’s Candy Bar
That feeling of being a kid in a candy store spans all sweet-toothed ages at this Ravenswood spot, overseen by French Pastry School alum Amy Hansen. One reader compared Amy’s to the store in the opening scene of Willy Wonka—an apt description, we’d say, thanks to the shop’s shelves of old-fashioned apothecary jars filled with tantalizing goodies. While Hansen generously doles out samples—gummy bears in exotic flavors, chocolate-covered delights such as malted milk balls, retro candies like ring pops, candy buttons and more—parents love Amy’s for its handmade confections, most notably the rich, buttery sea-salt caramels. No matter what your age, as one reader noted, “It makes it so easy to feel like a kid again!” 4704 N Damen Ave (773-942-6386).
Other nominees Candyality, Old Fashioned Candies Inc., Suckers Candy Store, Windy City Sweets