Sweet South Dakota

by Katlyn Richter on January 27, 2011 · 0 comments

Chocolates, taffy, toffee, popcorn and hard candies. Get your lips-a-smackin’ and your tummy rumblin’. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and to me, nothing says, “I love you” more than a basket full of yummy goodness. Forget the flowers that die within a few weeks, I want the chocolates that I can gobble up in days. It is also a good idea to keep this information handy the next time your driving through South Dakota; the perfect confection makes a road-trip a heck-of-a lot more sweet. Read more for details where you can find a “sweet spot” in South Dakota.


North Woods Candy Emporium in Sioux Falls features chocolates and other spectacular sweets. With more than 25 different flavors of truffles and 12 flavors of mini-truffles, finding the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth has never been easier. This year, for Valentines Day you can find velvet Valentine boxes, chocolate covered roses and chocolate covered strawberries.

Also in Sioux Falls is Candy and Canvas which houses bulk candy sold by the pound. Visitors can also find a great selection of gifts and a unique gallery of original art by Chad Lubbers. This is a great stop for wine, coffee and chocolate lovers.

Headed up the Interstate-29 in Watertown, Watertown Confectionary provides not only handmade chocolates, but coffee roasted in the store and wine and beer home brewing supplies. The chocolates, chewy creamy caramels, English toffee, and mint melt-aways are handmade in the kitchen of the store with fresh ingredients and no preservatives.

Now, let’s head west and south to Kimball, South Dakota. Kimball is home to the “Original Kimball Popcorn Ball” this popcorn ball has been made famous in most of the Midwest and beyond! This tasty ball of goodness comes in two varieties, Original and Honey flavored.

On the road again, this time we’re headed north and west to the capital city, Pierre. Angela Olson took her love of chocolate to a new level when she was encouraged to open a confections store. Karcher Confections has homemade fudge, nostalgic candies, taffy from Rushmore Taffy in Keystone, pies, toffee and great lunches.

On the way out west, don’t forget to stop at Wall Drug. Inside you’ll find homemade fudge, salt water taffy and donuts. The maple covered donuts and cream and butter fudge are tied for my favorite sweets to get at Wall Drug – they are a must try!

On the road again, on the road again…final stop, the Black Hills of South Dakota. There are several “sweet” stops in the Black Hills region, but here a few to highlight. Fjord’s Ice Cream Factory in Rapid City makes homemade ice-cream that has been recognized on a state and national level. Fjord’s has more than 40 flavors daily, desserts, fine chocolates, homemade food, and houses a full expresso bar.

Mostly Chocolates is also in Rapid City providing truffles, fudge, chocolate covered cherries and assorted signature chocolates. While you’re at Mostly Chocolates getting your chocolate fix, mix up a frozen yogurt where you choose your ingridients and pay only 49 cents per ounce!

South of Rapid City are two more great places to find sweets. The Custer County Candy Company is known as the “Sweetest Spot in the Black Hills.” This shop specializes in hand-dipped truffes and chocolates. Other items to indulge in are caramel apples, fudge, divinity and they also carry sugar-free chocolates South Dakota made jellies, honey, syrups, popcorn and more.

One of my favorites places to stop, especially before jumping on the 1880 Train, is Rushmore Mountain Taffy Shop in downtown Keystone. The delicious homemade taffy is pulled right before your eyes as you enter the shop. They make taffy daily, and also have a selection of sugar-free taffy.

And finally, there is nothing better than having an assortment of goodies from the Chubby Chipmunk in Deadwood waiting for me after a long day exploring the Black Hills. The Chubby Chipmunk features hand-dipped chocolates, homemade truffles, caramels and toffee. The treats are melt-in-your mouth devine goodness!

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