In 2000, an employee at Chutter General Store in Littleton, New Hampshire, convinced the folks at the Guinness Book to add a new category for the store's amazing, three-tiered, store-length candy counter, which measures 111 feet, 11-3/4 inches and holds 800 jars of sweet treats. My photo captures less than half of the total expanse.
The sheer size of this wall of confections will astound you, but even more amazing is the variety of treats. Dozens of jars contain old-fashioned penny candy... including sweets you may not have seen in decades! I have to forewarn you, though, that when you see the equally tantalizing candies in the other hundreds of jars, you're likely to go overboard and may be surprised when they ring up your customized assortment (candy is priced by the pound). You didn't think this was just a place for the kids, did you?
Leave plenty of time for deliberations over the nostalgic array of sweets: Sourballs, Gummi Bears, Laffy Taffy, Circus Peanuts, Bullseye Caramel Creams, Necco Wafers, Bit O' Honey, Mary Janes, Pixy Stix, Bottle Caps, Licorice Twists, Rock Candy in a rainbow of colors and many, many more, including a number of sugar-free choices. Fill your individual white paper bag with a few of each of your favorites, and then... you have my permission to refuse to share.
Chutter General Store is also overflowing with other New England gourmet foods, candles, home furnishings and gifts that you'll want to peruse when you've finished pacing back and forth in front of the candy counter, agonizing over your selections.
You can call Chutters to order your favorite candies, too, or shop online for a variety of nostalgic sweets.
If You're Going...
Getting There: Chutters is located at 43 Main Street in Littleton, a small town in northwestern New Hampshire near the Vermont border. From I-93, take exit 41 and follow Cottage Street toward Littleton. Turn left on Main Street.
For More Information: Call 603-444-5787.