Yes, I know I said I would visit a garden center last weekend. But when my friend Donna asked me to go with her to Thurmont and check out a place called Candyland, what was I to do? Seriously, it had been so long since we had an adventure together.
I think the last time was when we drove to Frederick and visited Thanksgiving Farms (which, by the way, is a MUST go to garden center).
My husband reminded me that I had already purchased all the Easter Candy for our grandchildren. I assured him I would be under control. But, of course, I understood that we should not overdo the candy for the kids.
Off we went talking the whole way there! Before I knew it, we were in Thurmont. Right off of Rt. 15, there was the Gateway Candyland. They were located in a small strip center of 3 businesses. We parked and walked in and were amazed. Like the old-fashioned candy stores, you could choose from so many favorites.
All their chocolates are made right there on location, and I could see past the ICE CREAM counter where they were creating their creations! After over an hour of looking at everything in this store, my basket was filled. Everyone was so helpful, and you could tell they loved what they were doing.
You could walk into another excellent business called The Farmhouse Exchange beside the Gateway Candyland store. Freshly baked bread, baked goods, a deli, and freezers full of meat. I need to bring my husband back. He would have loved it. I ended up buying a pack of fresh-baked cinnamon buns with Maple frosting. So so good. I think we will come back for lunch from their deli one day and check out the trails at Catoctin Mountain Park or Cunningham Falls.
Back to the chocolate. If you have time and want some of the best chocolate, you need to check out this place. Voted the Sweetest Place in Frederick County in 2021, I have to agree. I guess I will be returning a few things to the grocery store that I bought for the grandkids. Homemade chocolate is so much ‘healthier’ for them.