Do you have a sweet tooth?
There's a kid inside every one of us, and few can resist the powerful draw of fresh, homemade chocolates, candies, and other sweets. As you walk down Main Street Helen, you'll soon notice a rich, sweet, and enticing aroma wafting out from one of the shoppes. Follow that delicious scent all the way to the doors of Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen - a staple in the Alpine village of Helen. Here, you'll find freshly made and carefully cooked candy confections that will absolutely melt in your mouth. Whether you're just craving something sweet, want something to munch on as you watch a movie back at the cabin, or are looking for gift items to take back home to your family and friends, Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen is the place to go when you're in Helen.
Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen | 8651 North Main Street
Rating: 5/5 Stars
History & Overview
Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen first opened its doors in 1973. Back then, though, it was just a tiny little shop situated in an alley of Helen. After years of experimentation, passion, hard work, and practice, owners David and Janet Jones - along with an excellent staff - mastered the fine art of candy making. Today, the store has both grown in size (from a 234 square-foot shop to a 5,000 square-foot production facility), and in the volume of candies that it produces. Hansel & Gretel Candy kitchen is proud to cook up the widest assortment of candies of any retailer throughout the state of Georgia, offering over 100 different varieties of sweets. Only the freshest ingredients are used throughout the candy-making process, including 100% real chocolate and never chocolate flavor coatings. This high standard of candy making is what makes the sweets so delectable, and what makes visiting the candy kitchen so worthwhile.
Available Candies and Products
It may not be Heaven, but for those who love sweets, Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen sure is close. Whether you prefer rich, chocolatey flavors, something light and sweet, or something packed with peanut butter, you'll find it here. For those who simply can't get enough chocolate, you'll relish in the soothing aroma of freshly baked chocolate fudge - with or without nuts. Chocolate-covered pretzels, special layered chocolate cookies, clusters, truffles, chocolate lollipops, and chocolate-coated graham crackers are also a must. Still, of all of the candies sold in Helen, the store's chocolate caramel pecan turtles remain the best-selling item.
Peanut butter is always popular in candy, and Hansel & Gretel's candy makers appeal to that demand. More than a dozen peanut butter products are available including fudge, meltaways, soft centers, crunch, and of course, peanut brittle.
Candy-coated fruits are also available for your enjoyment. Each and every day, strawberries and Granny Smith apples are freshly dipped in chocolate, white chocolate, caramel. Some may even be dipped in pecans or other toppings. In addition, you may want to try one (or all) of the shop's 5 flavors of fruit jellies which may be sanded with sugar or coated with chocolate.
In the mood for something lighter? There's nothing quite like divinity to satisfy your craving for something sweet without being too filling. Homemade marshmallow is another airy and yummy option.
On top of providing customers with the very best candies possible, Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen is also happy to share some of its secrets. If you want to try your hand at candy making, check out "Candy Making for Dummies" which was written by owner, David Jones in 2005. It's available at the store, from many national retailers, and online.
Planning Your Visit
Great news for chocoholics and sweets lovers - the Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen is open 7 days a week so that you can get your fix when you need it. The store is open to the public Sunday-Thursday from 9AM-9PM, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9AM-11PM. Be prepared to give yourself some time to browse through the entire facility so that you're able to check out all of the candies that are available - especially if you're traveling with little ones who are sure to be mesmerized by the candy paradise. You'll find that certain chocolates and other sweets are available for you to taste before purchasing. Be advised that the facility's production equipment is regularly exposed to nuts (peanuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, and cashews), so if you have any nut allergies, you should shop safely and accordingly. Have you fallen in love with a sugary treat but have to head back home after your vacation? Fear not! Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen's scrumptious products are available for purchase online, and can be shipped right to your door.
Have you had the privilege of visiting Helen's own Hansel & Gretel Candy kitchen? Share your experiences and favorite flavors with future visitors in the comments section.