Wayside Olde Tyme Candy Store
1015 Boston Post Road
Marlboro, MA 01752
After stuffing our faces with Esler's desserts, Mom and I decided to take a walk around the Wayside Country Store. As we walked through the door to the Olde Tyme Candy Shop, we saw that it had been visited by none other than the Phantom Gourmet! If the Phantom enjoyed himself, we were sure to have a good time.
When we walked through the door at around 4 p.m., it was like we were stepping into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Although there were no Everlasting Gobstoppers and Wonka Bars wrapped with golden tickets, there were rows and rows of chocolate candies, jelly beans, nostalgic treats, and assorted novelty candies. The counter tops were lined with glass jars filled with candies, and every wall had some sort of display featuring various edible items. There was even a beautiful, old fashioned cash register. Mom and I didn't know where to start, so we followed the make-shift line that had formed in a square around the candy counter. There was quite a crowd in that area, so Mom and I decided to hang out in the back of the store until the cluster of wild-eyed people had lessened. In that area were handmade crafts, candles, and assorted country decor. Mom picked out a couple of spiced pumpkin Yankee Candle car jars for my sister and I ($2.99 each). There was also an area to purchase packaging supplies like gift bags and bows in case you were in a gift-giving mood.
When the crowd died down, Mom made her way over to the counter. There was chocolate as far as the eye could see. She became fascinated with one particular area of the counter because it had giant-sized truffles, peanut butter cups, and other chocolates. The truffles were $2.50 each, but they were definitely larger than any truffle I'd ever seen. Flavors include chocolate decadence, pumpkin, Irish creme, tiramisu, peanut butter, and many more. Also on display were their many trays of delicious-looking fudge - their feature flavor being the apple cinnamon walnut for $9.95 a pound. Other flavors include pumpkin, chocolate walnut, vanilla, mudslide, peanut butter, rocky road, and penuche ($8.95/lb.). Chocolate covered pretzels and bark (both white and dark) seemed to be quite popular, while the pre-boxed chocolates (1 lb. assorted for $15.95) were piled high and awaiting purchase. There was also a lot of activity around the nostalgic and novelty candy area. Children were having a sugar-fueled time choosing from the different flavors of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, the different colors of M&Ms, and the many sour and gummi favorites that they love. Parents enjoyed reliving their childhood with old fashioned favorites such as Boston baked beans, candy cigarettes, Mary Janes, and root beer barrels. They also have something called Bubblegum Buddies ($2.25 each). These are actual pieces of gum molded into the most interesting and beautiful shapes. Mom and I saw Thanksgiving turkeys, brides and grooms, Halloween Draculas and cats, and various other animals. They are way too cute to actually eat, and whoever is making these has an extraordinary talent. They are the most unique pieces of gum I've ever seen! You can order any of their delicious treats, including the Bubblegum Buddies, via their Web site.
Mom decided to purchase two of the giant truffles for Dad. After flagging down one of the busy cashiers, she chose the chocolate decadence and peanut butter, since he is a fan of both flavors. The total came to:
Truffle - $2.50
Truffle - 2.50
Car jar - 2.99
Car jar - 2.99
Subtotal - $10.98
Tax - .30
TOTAL = $11.28
Since the entrance to the Henry Ford General Store is connected to the candy shop, we took our newly purchased goods into the store and continued our shopping trip. The general store, established in 1929, features many New England crafts along with dry goods, old fashioned crackers, Christmas crafts, jellies, relishes, dog and cat treats, and much more. Mom found something called Microwave Corn on the Cob. It is a small cob of corn that comes with a bag that you place it in to be cooked in the microwave. She bought two of them ($1.59 each) to take home to Dad and Mallory.
Both Mom and I had a fabulous time at the Wayside Country Store. It is an adorable place to visit, and Dad had nothing but good things to say about his truffles. Both he and Mallory also enjoyed their microwavable corn on the cob. Stepping into Wayside was like taking a step back to old New England, and I can definitely agree with the Phantom Gourmet - your mind will be boggled by all the selections at the Olde Tyme Candy Store.