Put that kale chip down right now and get your butt to Hattie's Sweet Shop's coastal town-style digs in Beaumont, because behind its saccharine doors lie handmade treats and old-school candies that'll rot your inner child's baby teeth in no time
Operated by a chemist with access to the sweets recipes used by her grandma who doesn't even know what Manganese is, Hattie's specialty is fudge, which's displayed in a huge case, from which you can sample flavors from Red Velvet to Rocky Road. Others things you'll want to eat: pumpkin cream-stuffed choco-Turkeys, a huge array of bulk candies (Warheads!), dozens of homemade licorice varieties, and everything in the "Nostalgic" section stuffed with Big League Chew, Cup-O-Gold, and Pop Rocks, for people who are nostalgic about Mikey from the Life commercials dynamiting his stomach with them and a Coke
There're also some gigantic takes on classics, including a 5lb gummy bear (the equivalent of 1,400 regular ones), an even bigger one with a belly full of gummi worms (for simulating the cutest disembowelment ever!), and a 1lb, foot-long Sugar Daddy that'll have you unable to fit through doors, saccharine or not.
1. Hattie's Sweet Shop
4815 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
Beaumont's Hattie's Sweet Shop is operated by a chemist who was, thankfully for you, given access to her grandmother's secret recipes. With these the Hattie's crew is turning out tons of candy, homemade licorice, and their speciality, fudge, which comes in a number of flavors, like Rocky Road and Red Velvet.