I may not end up at any cupcake bakeries during this road trip, but Nick and I did get to stop at a cute little candy store -- and gorge on lots of candy.
The store was called Main Street Sweets and was in Mason, OH. There were classics like root beer barrels and licorice, but what caught my attention was all of the chocolate-dipped stuff. Basically, the owner took whatever junk food you could think of and then dipped it in chocolate. For example: Nutter Butters, Rice Crispy treats, pretzel rods, Oreos, Twinkies, and cookie-dough-on-a-stick.
I ended up buying the chocolate-dipped M&M-covered pretzel rod, the cookie dough (which I expected to be my favorite but, to be blunt, sucked), and the Rice Crispy treat (my surprise favorite).
At first I thought this store was awesome, a small-town shop with a local owner. Then I realized anyone could melt some chocolate and dip store-bought cookies and cakes in them, and she was just taking the easy way out. I would have prefer some unique, home-made chocolates. But oh well, she didn't charge that much, and it tasted good enough (if you just want a sugar rush).
If I ever open a candy store, I vow to put some effort into it and create something new. You can hold me to that.
P.S. - No, your eyes do not fool you. In that last picture is a jar full of candy ducks. Adorable.