[caption id="attachment_8412" align="aligncenter" ] Kathy's Kandies chocolate turkey suckers[/caption] It's National Candy Day and we are celebrating sweets and treats! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to not one, but four candy stores. These stores offer all of the favorites including chocolate caramels, truffles, butter cream chocolates and much more. Kathy's Kandies showcases a wide variety of candy that will make your taste buds rejoice. 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! One 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 gift!) [caption id="attachment_8414" align="alignright" ] McCord Candies[/caption] Another specialty candy store is McCord Candies. This store opened its door in 1912 and has been serving the Lafayette-West Lafayette community since this date. Guests can hand select from a wide variety of chocolates to create the perfect box of deliciousness. Not only do they have handcrafted chocolates, but also bagged candies that include hot cinnamon bears (my favorite), Boston baked beans, chocolate covered peanuts and their famous candy canes. 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!) [caption id="attachment_8416" align="alignleft" ] Wolf's Candies[/caption] 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 you 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 simply delicious! Also, make sure you add some of their homemade fudge, which is creamy and melts in your mouth! Lafayette's newest candy shop is Richelle in a Handbasket! This shop features chocolates, coffee, gift baskets, caramel popcorn, custom gifts and more. Located at Market Square, it is steps away from Interior Objects, the Handmade Market, Legendary Games, Camera Outfitters, Arni’s and more if you want to [caption id="attachment_8415" align="alignright" ] Richelle in a Handbasket[/caption] make it an afternoon of fun! One of the best part about Richelle in a Handbasket is the baskets! There are so many items to choose from to add to your basket including sweets and food items, but also gift items like wall art, baby bibs, body care products, etc. For more information about these wonderful candy shops and other specialty stores in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.