The sweet gift of candy is a time honored holiday tradition. Looking to enhance your gift giving skills with candy not from a drug store? This is a list of where The Hudson Valley likes to get their special intakes of sugar.






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    Kingston Candy Bar

    Kingston Candy Bar was established in 2015 and is located on Wall Street in the heart of uptown Kingston. This family owned candy store is run by Diane & Jay and their children who are happy to give you a tour of their store with a myriad of candies, cookies, fudge & ice cream. You can shop their delicious treats online at

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    Alps Sweet Shop

    Alps Sweet Shop in Beacon was founded in 1922 in Beacon with a second location in Fishkill. With handcrafted confections created over 80 years ago, Alps Sweet Shop knows their candy. They even showcase vegan options! You can take a virtual tour online by clicking here.

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    Krause's Chocolates

    Krause's Chocolates is run by third generation confectioner Karl Krause who still uses his family's traditional recipes and methods. They were voted best chocolate/candy store in The Hudson Valley multiple times. With three locations, Saugerties, New Paltz and Rhinebeck it's easy to try their candy for yourself. You can find them online as well by clicking here.

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    Samuel's Sweet ShopYou

    Established in 1994, Samuel's Sweet Shop has become a staple in Rhinebeck. The town loved this shop so much that after the unfortunate passing of it's founder Ira Gunter in 2014, three families came together to buy it and keep the shop open. Current celebrity owners aside, this shop stands on it's own as one of the top candy stores in the area. You can find out more about them online by clicking here.

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    Commodore Chocolatier

    Founded in Newburgh in 1935, this master of the sugar industry continues to impress their patrons with delicious treats and demonstrations. They even host candy cane demonstrations where you learn about their process and make one of your very own! It's a perfect holiday tradition for the whole family. You can follow them on Facebook by clicking here.