When it comes to talking about wonderful Kentucky food, one of the first places that pops into my head is Candy Land near Kentucky Lake (Hwy 62, Grand Rivers, to be exact – see map below). This wonderful Kentucky landmark brings back wonderful memories for any of us who have been visiting Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Land Between the Lakes for as long as we can remember. Each time we drive by or walk into Candy Land, it’s like I’m a little girl all over again – trying hard to take it all in at once and wondering how something so deliciously perfect can even exist!
I can remember visiting Candy Land when I was really young – the moment wouldn’t have been more magical if I’d stepped into Santa’s Workshop. If fact, then (and now) you’d never convince me that Santa could come up with candy this good.
Sorry, Santa. I’m just keeping it real.
We almost always buy Pecan Logs on our trips to Candy Land and by “almost always,” I mean every single time. We don’t stop there, of course. We also buy a great assortment of other candies to eat on the way back home and we stock up for candy to last us until our next visit.
On a recent trip, we got Chocolate Covered Apricots and a bag of DELICIOUS Chocolate and Coconut candy. Every candy at Candy Land is out of this world and is unlike anything you can find in any grocery store. This candy tastes like you made it at home… assuming you’re a great cook, that is.
If you have to eat gluten free, be sure to read the ingredients which are printed on the tabs of each bag of candy. I’ve found that A LOT of candy doesn’t have any flour or other sources of gluten in it, but some do and it’s just better to be safe than sorry.
The next time you’re around Kentucky Lake, the LBL, or Lake Barkley, promise me you’ll stop in Candy Land. You’ll fall in love with candy all over again.
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Soraya Assar says
I always loved coming here and I brought my son and then my grand children. The owner is a wonderful man. I really hope someone will continue his tradition with the great love he obviously has for what he does.
Joi Sigers says
Soraya, I totally agree! I could never imagine going to the lakes without Candy Land – I’m actually craving some of their candy right now! – Joi (“Joy”)
vanessa reynolds says
I also went to candy land as a child. Almost every weekend as time passed I took my son and now it is my granddaughter’s turn. I hope it is open now. It was closed last summer
My family lives in the area & unfortunately we do not get there often, but when we do I have to go to Candy Land – they are the only place I’ve known that sells peanut brittle without the peanuts….so good! I may be going there in 2 months so I hope they still sell this specialty item??!!
Joi Sigers says
We stop in as often as possible. They’re always so friendly and the candy is out of this world. They’ve started carrying adorable little souvenirs and gifts too – I almost always find something I want to pick up for myself or one of my daughters. I’ve never tried their peanut brittle without peanuts but I’m going to look for it next time I’m in there. I think I’m going to try some, too, the next time I make peanut brittle! ~ Joi (“Joy”)
Don Kissel says
Is this the same candy land when I was a kid. Back in the mid sixties we would load up in the car and mom and dad would head thru Kentucky. I think it was outside Henderson on the way to Morganfield? Us kids went nuts when we started seeing the signs 5 miles to Candyland, then welcome to Candyland. Part of my childhood.
Joi Sigers says
It could be! It’s near Kentucky Dam and I, too, remember it fondly from my childhood! Their pecan log rolls are delicious!
Are they still open? Their phone number is not working.
Joi Sigers says
Yes, they are still open but not as much during the winter months. They are closed during the week, so I’d definitely try on the weekends. The owner is such a sweetheart – I look forward to seeing him each visit as much as I do eating the candy! Most things in the lakes region pretty much go to sleep during the winter and awaken when spring comes.
Rhonda cox Duty says
I am 49 years old. My whole childhood my family would come caping at ky dam village state park. From the last week of june until the first week of july we would all gather our campers at the park. Then in the evenings at least 2x a week we would drive over to grandrivers, there use to be a laundry mat right beside the candy store and on the other side was a store to buy fishing tackle and other misc items. The trip to candyland wS my favorite memory. As soon as u opened the door i. Remember a little bell dinging on the door and then it hit you. The sweet amazing smell of the chocolate candy!. My favorite was the chocolate and coconut candy. Omg it was amazing. The clear glass candy counters filled with all sorts of candy that was made right there in the back fdom the sweet little man and iguess was his little wife. This was just one of my favorite memories of ky lake camping every summer
I just came across this little article while eating some dark chocolate bark my brother just brought back to Michigan from Drury’s Candy Land!
My dad was born and raised outside of Paducah and we went down there every summer for 3 weeks and stay at Kentucky Dam Village. Drury’s was a weekly stop for us.
We have been doing this for 50 years. Mr. Drury is a phenomenal man. I wish I was in a position to buy the place and carry on the tradition.