The Sweet Life: Nostalgia and Wonder at an Oakland County Candy Shop

There are many sweet things to see and do in Oakland County, but for those looking to satisfy their deepest candy cravings, Clawson’s Doc Sweets may just have the right prescription.

“I love it when people come in and are just amazed by candy that they haven’t seen before or candy that they haven’t seen in years,” said Jennifer Boughton, a Doc Sweets manager and seven-year veteran of the candy trade. “A lot of older customers will come in and say: ‘I haven’t had this since I was a little girl.”

Doc Sweets is Michigan’s largest retail candy store and they have the stock to prove it. Familiar favorites like Sanders and Wonka sit alongside old-time classics like Zagnut and Jujubes. A seemingly-endless row of brightly-colored Jelly Belly dispensers line the store’s north wall, and the cheeky faces of Pez dispensers look out over the shop from a lofty perch. With all of the offerings, deciding what treat to pick can make one feel like…a kid in a candy shop.

When asked about her favorite, even Boughton hesitated to name just one.

“I have a lot of favorites. My probably all-time favorites are the Chocolove chocolate bars, which are made in Colorado and they’re in all different flavors…I also like Australian Licorice and Kiwi Jelly Beans — those are my weaknesses.”

What is the Doc’s most unusual treat?

“Bugs. Definitely the bugs,” Boughton said.

That’s right, if you’re feeling adventurous, Doc Sweets carries real bugs, which are farm-raised and seasoned like potato chips.

“I have tried them in the name of research. They’re not too bad. It’s hard to get over the idea of ‘I am eating a bug,’ though,” she said. “A surprising number of people actually purchase them.”

Opening its doors in November, 2008, Doc Sweets has already accrued an impressive collection of awards, including “Best Candy Store” from Hour Detroit and “Best Desserts” by WDIV 4.

In addition to their in-shop candy business, Doc Sweets does weddings, parties, corporate events, and online purchases.

For Boughton, the personal connections made through event planning are a particularly sweet part of the job.

“The very first customer that I helped put a wedding together for came in a year later and showed me pictures of everything. She was so happy; she brought her husband with her to look around and she remembered my name, I remembered her,” she said. “It was really nice to see how much candy – which is not a huge part of things normally – to see how it made her wedding.”

Hours / Location Info

Address: 135 N. Rochester Road; Clawson, Michigan
Hours: 10 AM – 7 PM Monday – Saturday, 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday
Accepts Online Orders: Yes

For more information on the Doc Sweets Candy Company, visit their website, follow them on Facebook, or call 248-597-1051.


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