All too often, Connecticut residents associate Newington with the Berlin Turnpike. They know the Berlin Turnpike passes through Newington. They are familiar with the establishments that reside on the turnpike. Few, however, realize that downtown Newington possesses a number of unique shops and eateries. The Candy Jar, a dessert restaurant and gift shop, opened last year with hopes of adding to downtown Newington’s reputation. Knowing this, we decided to stop by and see what The Candy Jar had to offer.
The Candy Jar
Location: 1068, Main st, Newington, CT
Atmosphere: 9/10-The Candy Jar’s quaint interior is likely to entice customers with an assortment of homemade and brand name candies that line the tables and walls. Customers will also notice the chalkboard menu in the back of the room. When we found this, we were surprised to learn that The Candy Jar functions as both a candy store and a cafe! This feature distinguishes The Candy Jar from chain stores such as Munson’s Chocolates and Godiva Chocolatier because it allows customers to stay and relax. Munson’s and Godiva, on the other hand, project a buy-something-and-go vibe.
Service: 10/10-Don’t be fooled by the store’s small staff. They are fast, friendly, knowledgeable and creative. We cannot emphasize the creative part enough. The staff knows how to make candy for any occasion. They created candy corn brittle for Halloween, chocolate covered roses for Valentine’s Day and helmet shaped lollipops for the Super Bowl. The Candy Jar also produces its own candy bars! If you need to make candy for an event, this staff can do it! We can’t wait to see what the staff has in store for the coming seasons.
Price: 3/5-The Candy Jar’s homemade candy tends to border on the more expensive side. The same applies for buying candy by the pound. You can expect good quality for the price, however, so it’s a pretty nice trade off. The Candy Jar’s prices are still competitive with the brand name stores. When it comes to the store’s cafe drinks, such as their real fruit smoothies, offer competitive prices in comparison to smoothie places such as Orange Julius. If you need an item to be specially made, the product is certainly worth the price!
Selection: 5/5-For a small store, The Candy Jar offers a terrific variety. When it comes to homemade treats, the staff produces new products on a daily basis. If you are just looking a quick cafe drink, the menu offers dozens of items to choose from. During the warmer months, the store makes delicious fruit smoothies (banana, pineapple paradise, peach pear apricot, four berry blend, and mango). During the winter months, the menu will include warmer, holiday drinks. If you are just looking for candy by the pound, you will find familiar names such as Nerds and Pop Rocks.
Taste: 9/10-The Candy Jar’s products taste as delicious as they look and sometimes they will surprise you. When we first tried a Skittles flavored smoothie, we were surprised that it tasted exactly like Skittles. This speaks highly of the staff’s craftsmanship and culinary skills. Their signature candy bars proved to be a personal of favorite of ours because they are made right in the store and taste as good as a Hershey bar.
In a nutshell: 36/40-For their creativity, friendly staff, diverse selection and great taste, The Candy Jar earns a solid 36 points in our book. We have made quite a few trips to The Candy Jar over the summer and plan to make many more.