Memories of being a child in New England and looking forward to summers when my parents would buy us freshly made salt water taffey linger. I don't see them often anymore. And then, one day, I stopped at this store---one I drive by all the time.
Nelson's Candies has been in the tiny mill town of Wilton, New Hampshire forever. Forever is confirmed by this picture, which is hung on the wall as you walk in.
Old school candy-making was learned and passed down from the present owner's grandfather (who he looks uncannily like). They've been a family business for over 100 years, an unusual accomplishment for small-town American stores that have to compete with big chains.
Here are my favorites, based on the last few months of testing: pumpkin fudge to die for; fresh maple fudge made with maple syrup from a farm down the road; brandy soaked cherry cordials; dark chocolate pecan turtles; dark chocolate salted caramels; and their old-fashioned mints.
I went in last week and they were in full swing production towards Easter.
Everything is still made in heirloom copper pots.........
.....and the inside of the store has a friendly feel to it, with samples!
So the memories no longer need to linger. I have found my candy home. From now on, in New Hampshire, I know I will stop by this little store every holiday---and every time I drive through town as well.
65 Main Street
Wilton, NH 03086