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Big Top Candy in Austin

by on September 24, 2012 · 6 comments

Isn’t it frustrating to start a recipe and then discover you are out of one essential ingredient?

Bacon Flavored Frosting

Okay, so I did not run out of bacon flavored frosting, but we did find some at  Big Top Candy this weekend, and I thought I’d tell you a little about the store in case you’re planning a visit a visit to Austin.

Big Top Candy is located in Austin’s South Congress area. We like to go on weekends or after a casual dinner at Home Slice, our favorite pizza spot. Nothing finishes off a pizza dinner better than an Astro Pop, right?

Astro Pops

Big Top sells Astro Pops, plus just about any other retro candy you can think of.  Ask me if they had it, and I’ll tell you if I saw it, because I spent a lot of time looking while Fuzz carefully selected her candy from the bulk bins.  Comparing odd candy from Big Top is the “in” thing right now with her little group of friends. They’re all on an Atomic Fireball kick this week.

But if you’re not interested in sugary candies, no worries.  Big Top also has ice cream, milk shakes, fudge, truffles, chocolate filled candies and my personal favorite, the white White Chocolate Oatmeal Creme Sandwich.

Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Cream Pie Sandwich

And by “personal favorite” I only mean that in the sense that it makes me laugh every time I think of a person coming up with the idea to dip Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies in white chocolate.  And yes, I did try it as soon a we got home!

But back to the shop. We’ve watched it grow steadily since our first visit, at which point it reminded us of a west coast candy store called Powell’s. Over time I think it’s become even a little more quirky than Powell’s, with odd looking instruments, strange objects and circus art all combined into a curious freak show decor. I really felt at home.

Big Top Candy Store

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Published on September 24, 2012

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Sue September 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

My retro candy memory is chocolate ice cubes. I saw them last spring at a convenience store in Wisconsin and bought one a piece for my friend and I. I should have purchased the whole jar! That is the first time I have seen them in years and years.

Anna September 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

Sue, they definitely had chocolate ice cubes. In fact, I considered buying one because that’s a retro candy I’ve never tasted. I’m going to try one on our next visit.

Chewthefat September 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

As a kid, I loved gum drops and spice drops and normal-sized drugstore jelly beans, versus the jelly bellies so popular today. I also adored those cream-filled Easter eggs. However, overall I’ve seen kinds of candy proliferate rather than ‘lost’ any favorite brands. Baked goods, on the other hand, I have seen ‘disappear.’ Those cookies look FABULOUS.

Beth September 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

This place will be on my list of things to do when I’m in Austin. (hopefully sometime)

Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat September 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I love Big Top Candy! Their truffles and selection of European candies are my favorites.

Carol September 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I am going to tell my sister about this place since she is new to the area.

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