Happiness is everywhere you look, and if you look hard enough, you can find it at discount prices.
Here are some of my favorite places to find new, and hard-to-find candy:
T.J. Maxx; seriously, the food aisle can contain some wonderful imports, and not just candy. The jams and sauces are wonderful. I’ve found Stonewall Kitchen, and Dean and Deluca there. Just be sure to check the packing for any damage. One note, though, I’d steer clear of Chocolate here, since it probably experienced temperature fluctuations on the trip to the shelf.
Tuesday Morning; same as above.
World Market: this place is an import dream. All kinds of sweets from around the globe, plus an outstanding selection of “real” Cadbury products, including their cookies.
The Dollar Store: don’t wince, you can find some good candy if you look here. Sometimes it’s just junk, but other times you’ll find a hoard of something special.(like Atomic Fireballs!)
Grocery Outlets; same as above.
The Hispanic aisle in the grocery store, or Mexican grocers; Mexicans know how to make good chocolate and dulce de leche!
Amish or Menonnite stores: these places have great bulk candy at bargain prices, as well as amazing baked goods.
Foreign grocery stores; take a trip down the candy aisle and pick up things that catch your eye.
The import aisles in grocery stores in big Cities; same as above.
Trader Joe’s; there are some marvelous things at this store. The areas above the frozen foods, and around the checkout are dangerous, especially if you go there hungry.
The only drawback to discovering a new favorite at an “off the beaten track” store is that you may not find it again for a while. But, I think it’s worth the risk. So, start hunting and have fun!