These sweet treats are perfect for October décor and any Minnesotan candy dish.
Glam Doll Donuts
With locations on St. Paul’s Eat Street and in northeast Minneapolis, Glam Doll Donuts is more than the Twin Cities’ claim to donut fame—it’s your happy place, where every donut is a work of art. The dough, filling, and icing are made from scratch, and uniquely adventurous flavor pairings delight year-round. Each Halloween, things go a little macabre with a donut flight that includes the Zombie Brain Donut and more. glamdolldonuts.com, $4.50.
For over 110 years, Pearson’s has been making heritage candies in St. Paul. Now available in “thins,” classics like the Nut Goodie Bar and the Salted Nut Roll are even more portionable for the Halloween season. pearsonscandy.com
Everyone loves a lollipop, and the St. Louis Park-based Denaro family has built a strong community of “lolligobbers” who have supported their Lolligobs concept everywhere from county fairs to sports tournaments. Today, you can order these old-fashioned hard candies from home. The handmade suckers come in a variety of flavors and will last you over two hours. Available online at lolligobs.com, $2.
Anyone can carve a pumpkin, so why not elevate your game with velvet décor? Since 2002, Monya Kampa has been stitching up a couture pumpkin patch in St. Paul. What started as a fall centerpiece for the family table has grown—now, she also crafts acorns, mushrooms, peppers, and spring nests. Each velvet pumpkin uses a real stem from a pumpkin, gourd, or squash harvested by hand from a local farm. Available at plushpumpkin.com, with velvet pumpkins start at $11.
Maddy & Maize
Maddy & Maize is a small-batch gourmet popcorn company, born when founder Brett Striker grew tired of plain popcorn and knew he could do better. The all-natural snack is for everyone, even those with dietary restrictions, since the popcorn contains no artificial ingredients or colorings and is usually gluten- and peanut-free, as well as vegan. This season brings us the Vanilla Pumpkin Spice flavor, drizzled with vanilla latte white chocolate. Find out more, plus availability, at maddyandmaize.com, $5.99.
Annie B’s Caramels
Since 1978, Annie B’s has crafted small-batch, chef-driven caramels and popcorn in St. Paul. The original caramel is slow-cooked in copper pots, just as it always has been. Handcrafted using natural ingredients—including butter, brown sugar, and condensed milk—the original caramel apple kit is perfect for making a delicious fall staple in your own kitchen. Find out more, plus availability, at anniebs.com, $10.
These bean-to-bar chocolate bars are made in small batches in Fergus Falls. Founder and chocolatier Kristin knows how to build flavor to create an outstanding chocolate bar using only the finest ingredients. Indulging in these bars reminds us to slow down and enjoy life one bite at a time. Available at local retailers and online at tcchocolate.com, starting at $7.50.