The sweet spot of Lafayette has been the corner of Sixth and Main Streets since 1912. That’s the year Mr. Lee Glatz opened Glatz Candies in a grand three-story Second Empire that had at turns served as a private residence, a bank and a millinery since its 1865 construction. Glatz sold out to Ivery McCord in 1947, prompting the store’s first and only name change. In fact, so much remains unchanged from Glatz’s day–the cupboards, the display cases, the tin ceiling, the soda fountain, the cooling tables that were once chalkboards at the old Jefferson High School–that it’s like travelling in the sweetest time machine ever constructed.
The stoves, copper kettles, wooden paddles and recipes used to create the confections up on the third floor (with nary a preservative in sight) are likewise all-original. While the array of mouth-watering goodies at McCord’s is truly dizzying, you might want to try one of the house specialties, like Snappers (similar to turtles), toffee or Malt Sponges. Or, if you’re in a holiday kind of mood, try one of their secret-recipe candy canes, creamier than standard canes and so popular that they sold over 33,000 last year.
You simply have no choice in the matter: if you’re passing through Tippecanoe County with an itchy sweet tooth, you must visit McCord Candies. If you can't make it in person, you can always order McCord's signature sweets online: http://www.mccordcandies.com/sshop/index.php.
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