If your valentine asks for chocolates, you are in luck in La Crosse! There are several places where you can get your sweetie the ultimate Valentine's gift. Who doesn't love handmade chocolate?
The Sweet Shop is located on Caledonia Street. I won't need to give you the address, because you will see the line out the door of people waiting to buy their handmade chocolates and candies. They have been in business since forever, I remember buying ribbon candy there at Christmas time. The smells there are wonderful and selection varies depending on demand and weather conditions. They are very finicky about quality. The inside of the shop hasn't changed much in years. It is like your neighborhood corner store.
Finnotte's is located in downtown La Crosse at 417 Main Street. Talk about candy heaven! They also hand make their chocolates here and there is a large selection of candies and nuts also. I spend a lot of time there because it is so hard to make up your mind which creation to take home. They have an online shop for those that crave their handiwork out of town. Because it is Valentine's Day, they have special hours so no one misses out.
RanniSon's on 16th and Market has been a neighborhood institution since the early 1900's. They have handmade chocolates and candies. They also carry the old time candies that we remember from our childhood, like candy cigarettes, wax bottles, rock candy and pixie stix. What I love best about RanniSon's is the ice cream. Made on location, there are about 45 different hand dipped flavors. Blue Moon is the best! This is another store that you feel like you step back in time when you walk through the door.
D & D Wholesale is an unusual candy store. It is located in the Jackson Plaza at 1012 19th Street South in La Crosse. The owner spent 30 years in the wholesale candy business and brings unique European and Asian candies to the Coulee Region. Try out the liqueur filled candies from Germany sometime! They have a selection of chocolates from Abdullah in Burnsville, MN and a large selection of licorice candies of all types. But the best is the store made fudge. There are many flavors to tempt you and your sweetie.
No matter what type of candy you are looking for, there is a shop in La Crosse to help you. Most have holiday hours, but I wouldn't wait until Sunday to shop as all of them sell out quickly.