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The scent of chocolate envelops customers upon entering, and the rows and rows of brightly-wrapped candies will cause mouths to start watering. From childhood favorites to the very strange, The Old Town Sweet Shop offers something to satisfy every sweet tooth.
Located in the heart of Old Town Temecula, this shop has almost every candy imaginable, yet it is most known for its nostalgic candy and homemade fudge. Along with decadent ice cream flavors, gourmet caramel apples, and house-made chocolates, the Sweet Shop is in an entirely different league than the average candy store.
The Sweet Shop has been a family-owned business since 1999. It has changed and expanded over the years, but owner Debbi Drew has maintained the same charm and nostalgia for the Sweet Shop. It has become both a local favorite and tourist attraction; an ideal companion to the quaintness of Old Town Temecula.
“I love being in Old Town Temecula; it’s not only rich in culture and diversity but it’s growing and becoming more metropolitan,” said Drew. “It’s exciting to be a part of the changes and see our town become more well known nationally and even worldwide.”
Drew is passionate about bringing the past alive in the form of one’s favorite childhood candy. “Personally, I love all the old school candy and retro toys and tins,” she said. “I spend a lot of my time looking for things I remember from my childhood. It’s always cool to find something that hasn’t been around for a long time and now it’s back.”
Perhaps the most popular item in the store is the chocolate-covered bacon, offered in both milk and dark chocolate. “Most people love it and some people just think it’s weird,” said Drew, with a smile.
The Sweet Shop gives an entirely literal meaning to the phrase, “like a kid in a candy shop” as all patrons, regardless of age, grow giddy over the countless chocolates, candies, and ice creams at their fingertips.
After all, one taste of the house-made fudge, with flavors ranging from raspberry chocolate swirl to pistachio nut to chocolate walnut, is all it takes to spark an addiction.
The Sweet Shop is a little slice of joy, and enjoyment is that much sweeter with the knowledge that it is a family business. As perpetuator of the magic, Drew noted, “It’s the type of store that makes people smile.”