It’s not a trail of bread crumbs, but the delicious scent of chocolate wafting down Main Street that lures visitors to Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen in Alpine Helen, Georgia.
It’s the kind of place I look for when I’m on vacation: A place that has character, something to see and something delicious to take back home.
Thankfully, Hansel & Gretel is just a few miles from my North Georgia home, so I don’t have to pack my bags to go get fudge, divinity or chocolate-covered strawberries.
When I used to visit my grandparents, who lived in Helen, we would sometimes stop by the shop to get divinity with pecans, and a slice of fudge with a special little knife in the package, so we could share it right away.
That was about 25 or 30 years ago, and Hansel & Gretel, under the ownership of David Jones, is still going strong.
A few years ago, the company added another location South of town, which makes it easy to pull in for a quick sweet treat if you’re not planning on walking in downtown Helen.
Now, I bring my little boys with me when I stop by. My four-year-old, Trace, loves getting a fudge sample, then carefully selecting some gummies.
Hansel & Gretel has a special Georgia-themed version of a turtle- the “Chattahoochee Snapper.”
You can also get a chocolate-free version, called a “Naked Snapper.”
The Chattahoochee Snappers are always on my list of things to take home, along with divinity.
Hansel & Gretel’s candy selection is so big, they have just about every chocolate thing you can think of.
And it’s all just so pretty! I had a lot of fun taking these photos behind the case.
This Gourmet Pecan Brittle is another one of my favorites. The pecans add a different flavor and make it stand out next to regular Peanut Brittle- which Hansel & Gretel also has, of course.
If you stop by, most days you’ll get to see some kind of sweet treat being made, like these chocolate truffles.
Now that you’re craving everything Hansel & Gretel, here’s how you can get your hands on all the sweetness:
What: Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen
Where: Main location, 8651 N. Main Street, Helen, Georgia; Factory Location, open to public, 8078 Main Street, Helen, Georgia
Hours: 9 am to 9 pm daily all year, 10 am to 6 pm Thanksgiving Day; closed Christmas Day.
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