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Candy Lovers- The Sweetest Destinations

Top 10 Destinations for Candy Lovers

Sugary sweet and sure to treat, these must-see destinations should be at the top of any candy lover’s list. According to the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the United States is chock full of delectable spots that provide the perfect weekend getaway for those with the sweetest of teeth.

Susan Fussell, NCA spokesperson, said 10 U.S. sugary spots are at the top of the list for all candy lovers.

"From Wrigley Field to Hersheypark, to Ghirardelli Square and even the world's largest Pez dispenser, we asked Americans to weigh in on the most mouthwatering candy attractions and pinpointed the most delicious destinations," Fussell said.

Each of the top 10 cities selected tempts taste buds with a sweet trip they aren't soon to forget.

1. Hershey, Pa.
Living up to its nickname, "The Sweetest Place on Earth," Hershey ranked number one with a 59 percent consumer rating. Candy lovers of all ages can delight in free samples on a tour ride at Hershey's Chocolate World, dare to ride the more than 60 exhilarating rides at Hersheypark or indulge in a chocolate treatment at The Spa at the Hotel Hershey.

2. New York, N.Y.
Fifty-four percent of Americans want a sweet bite of the Big Apple. Home to landmarks like the interactive M&M's World, 16-story tall Hershey's Time Square store, Jacques Torres Chocolate Cafe and Dylan's Candy Bar, there are delicious treats on every corner!

3. Orlando, Fla.
Ranking third, 53 percent of Americans agree that sunshine and sweets can't be beat. Indulge in the sugary treats at Downtown Disney's whimsical candy, ice cream and soda shops, which include a replica of famous the San Francisco Ghirardelli Square!

4. San Francisco, Calif.
Fifty-two percent of Americans say they want to go to San Francisco for main attractions that include Ghirardelli Square and the renowned Scharffen Berger chocolate factory. Also nearby, explore the fruity and fun Jelly Belly factory or see the world's largest Pez dispenser. Yes, it really works!

5. Chicago, Ill.
Home to more than 100 premier candy manufacturers and attractions, Chicago offers a taste for every sweet tooth. Crack open a box of Cracker Jacks at landmark Wrigley Field, or take an evening stroll down Michigan Avenue for a glimpse of the illuminated Wrigley Building. For indulgent delights, visit one of five Ethel's Chocolate Lounges, or taste free treats on The Chicago Chocolate Tour.

6. Los Angeles, Calif.
Nearly 50 percent of adults say they'd like to get the star treatment at Disneyland's Candy Palace, which features an extensive assortment of retro candies. Also, travelers won't want to miss nearby Godiva Chocolatier, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and the famous See's Candies factory.

7. Boston, Mass.
Forty-seven percent of Americans want a taste of Beantown and its rich candy history. Crowned the 2006 U.S. Trick-or-Treat capital, Boston is known for specializing Halloween by launching popular traditions like carving pumpkins, wearing costumes and trick-or-treating. Discover these treats at the city's popular Sugar Heaven candy shop, or dip into The Chocolate Dipper for handmade chocolates packaged in unique Boston themes like lobster and clam chowder.

8. New Orleans, La.
Everything goes down easy in the Big Easy including the classic pralines of the French Quarter and confections from area favorites Evans Creole Candy Factory, Laura's Candy Shop and Aunt Sally's Praline Shop.

9. Las Vegas, Nev.
Cash in your chips and enjoy the sweet side of Las Vegas. Here, candy lovers can check out a replica of the M&M's sponsored #38 NASCAR race car, catch a 3D movie at M&M's World or enjoy fondue for two at Ethel's Chocolate Lounge. Treat yourself to Vegas Image's chocolate poker chips as you learn how to play your poker hand.

10. Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City entices more than a third of candy travelers with the Russell Stover headquarters and Andre's Confiserie Suisse's elegant Andre's Tearoom. Don't miss the creative artisan chocolates costumed in handcrafted designs by world- famous confectionery chef Christopher Elbow.

Source — National Confectioners Association