Candy galore: Nostalgic store caters to sweet tooth

June 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink

Michelle White with sons, Gabriel and Robbie. Nancy Jennings

By Nancy Jennings

Michelle White wants everybody to feel like a kid in a candy store inside of Candy Babel. Her Silverton candy store – officially opened in February – offers a wide variety of domestic and international bulk candies to “pick and mix.”

Countries represented include: Indonesia, Spain,
Russia, Germany, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico, USA and the United Kingdom.

“I’m steering clear of candy you can get just about anywhere,” White said. “My favorites are the German ‘Kinder Bueno’ chocolate bar and Russian ‘Roshen’ candies. They are divine.”

The Silverton resident and mother of two sons, Gabriel, eight, and Robbie, seven – White, 47, purchased the Portland-based business with the unusual name in October 2018. She’s quick to explain its roots.

“The original owner is Jewish and ‘Babel’ is a Biblical term. It symbolizes a general mixing or jumbling of things – so everybody can come in and mix their candy however they like,” she explained, adding that “candy buffets” are common occurrences in Jewish customs. Such arrangements are becoming more popular now at both children and adult parties – including wedding receptions, baby showers, graduations, birthdays and anniversaries.

“When the store moved from Portland, the audience changed. I continually inquired with the local customers about what products they would like to have. If you have come to the store in the past and not seen what you want, you should give us another try,” White said. “We have added a lot of great products… and will continue to honor requests. This is your candy store.”

In addition to gummies, sours, chocolates, and black licorice she offers vegan chocolate, sugar-free, gluten-free, and Keto-friendly treats. Chocolate-covered pretzel rods, flavored kettle corn (Silverton’s “Olde Tyme” brand) and cotton candy are also available.

“People can come in and make their own small gifts and favors inside the store. We have more packaging materials available now.” Hosting small children’s parties at her store is high on her list, as is providing catering services for outside gatherings. “Customers can always rent the glassware and utensils needed to serve their guests.” And then, there are her pinatas. “I’ve partnered with the best pinata maker in the area to stock them in the store. They’re fun for any occasion, and I can put together custom orders and deliver them.”

Not to be left out, even canine friends can enjoy all-natural gourmet treats, including those with dietary restrictions. “Some dogs need grain-free or wheat-free options,” she said.

Candy Babel is located at 205 Oak St., Suite A, Silverton

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