Sweets and Treats! You can never go wrong with a box of chocolate for your loved one on Valentine's Day! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to not one, but three candy stores. These stores offer all of the favorites including chocolate caramels, truffles, butter cream chocolates and much more. [caption id="attachment_4702" align="alignright" ] Gourmet Popcorn from Kathy's Kandies![/caption] Kathy's Kandies showcases a wide variety of "sweets" that will make your sweetheart feel special this Valentine's Day. Artisan chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, gourmet popcorn, novelty suckers, brittle and toffee are just a few decadent options. The nutella chocolate truffles are a specialty-handcrafted truffle filled with nutella that offers a hint of nuttiness and smooth, rich chocolate. Yummy! For the special man in your life, a great gift idea is their chocolate bacon pizza. This pizza has 1 whole pound of bacon on it! Can you imagine?! (My husband is a hog farmer, and this would be his dream V-Day gift!) Another specialty candy store is McCords Candies. This store opened its door in 1912 and has been serving the Lafayette-West Lafayette community since this date. This V-Day you can hand select from a wide variety of chocolates the perfect box of deliciousness for that special person in your life! Not only do they have handcrafted chocolates, but also bagged candies that include hot cinnamon bears (my favorite), Boston baked beans and chocolate covered peanuts. When visiting, I suggest ordering a chocolate sundae from their old-fashioned soda shop. They make a homemade chocolate sauce that is amazing! (They also sell it by the pint!) Wolf's Fine Chocolates boast their chocolate is made with love and a tasteful touch of wonder, care, spice and tradition. A box full of this specialty candy will be sure to make your Valentine smile! I highly recommend their Smitty's, a peanut butter center covered in fresh roasted peanuts and milk chocolate. The chocolate is rich in flavor and the saltiness of the roasted peanuts and creamy peanut butter make it a simply delicious! Also, make sure you add some of their homemade fudge, which is creamy and melts in your mouth! [caption id="attachment_4704" align="aligncenter" ] Wolf Candies![/caption] For more information about these wonderful candy shops and other specialty stores in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.