Norma and Irma Paz are helping Nashville chill out. Their Mexican paletas (think of them as the Popsicle's bigger, better brother) rotate daily with flavors from apple to zucchini. Adam Gertler swooned for Rose Pops, and not even a throwdown could cool off the Pineapple-Lime-Chili-Salt Pops.
Host of Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, Adam Gertler tours the M&M's factory in Cleveland, TN, where they're creating their latest flavor, a mouthwatering combination of sweet and salty.
At Olsen's Danish Village, the traditional Kransekage cake (often seen at Danish weddings) has been a delightful spectacle for decades. Olsen's stacks 16 individual pastry rings, then drizzles icing on each layer. Although the cake is a showstopper, Olsen's offers other Danish goodies too.
The Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, Texas, may have opened in 2007, but this place is chock-full of old-fashioned delights like taffy, milkshakes and even a soda fountain where flavors are added by hand. A favorite is Cherry Limeade, which Adam Gertler claims is the best soda he’s ever tasted.
Adam Gertler had his hands full when visiting Popcorn Girl for Kid in a Candy Store. The Las Vegas shop carries an above-average amount of popcorn and popcorn flavors. As the Popcorn Girl suggests, try the Confetti bag that comes with grape, banana, blueberry, blackberry and more.
Although made in Chicago, Eli's cheesecake, made with a butter cookie crust, has made many New Yorkers converts. Eli's has been making 200 varieties of cheesecake since 1980, including a Turtle Cheesecake and a Blood Orange Champagne Cheesecake, available as part of the Couture Sampler.
The Sinfully Sweet Apple Company in La Verne, Calif., sells far more than your typical caramel apples. The Blue Hawaiian, for instance, has coconut and pineapple, while the Bavarian Cream is covered in graham cracker crumbs. On Kid in a Candy Store, Adam Gertler helped make a festive Holly Apple.
Adam Gertler, host of Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, visits Ferrara Pan Candy Company for bright yellow, sour Lemonheads.
The chocolates at Eclipse Chocolate not only come in elegant designs and flavors, but they're a sustainable confection too. Eclipse uses only Guillard Chocolate for its signature Rocky Mountain chocolate bar, made with all-natural vanilla bean marshmallows and gray sea salt sprinkled on top.
On Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, Adam Gertler tours the Airheads factory in Erlanger, KY, where they are making the new rainbow colored Xtremes Sweetly Sour Belt.
Host of Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, Adam Gertler visits the Dippin' Dots factory, in Paducah, KY, where they make billions of their famous ice cream beads with the help of liquid nitrogen.
Come time for Halloween, the DeBrito Chocolate Factory has amped up the simple caramel apple into a treat chock-full of creative flavors. Adam Gertler's favorite had to be the caramel apple topped with cotton candy. But for those in need of a pick-me-up, try The Jolt! made with coffee toffee.
The star of the show at the Lutz Café in Chicago is the Baumkuchen (tree cake), a 3-foot-tall tower of a cake baked in a rotisserie oven and coated in vanilla or chocolate frosting. On Kid in a Candy Store, Adam Gertler was impressed by its flakiness and buttery flavor.
Typical round truffles need not apply here. At Copper Cauldron Candy Co., owner Jim Martin has been serving truffles in a triangular truffle bar. It's perfect for slicing, and even better for layering creamy ganache over ingredients like candied ginger, pineapple and macadamia nut praline.
Adam Gertler, host of Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, discovers Bleeding Heart Bakery, a bakery in Chicago, IL, where the radically colorful cakes look like they were decorated in a tattoo parlor.