Best of the Boat candy/sweets store: Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory |

Best of the Boat candy/sweets store: Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory

Candy is on display in abundance at Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory. (Photo by Tom Ross)

A family vacation to Steamboat just isn’t complete without a stop (or two or three) at Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Owned by Trish and Don Grueser, who’ve been in the candy business here for 22 years, Fuzziwig’s is a candy-lover’s paradise, literally filled floor to ceiling with edible treats.

“We know candy,” Trish said. “And we love being part of people’s experience in Steamboat. It never gets old.”

The Gruesers and store manager Audrey Zwak are used to hearing superlatives from customers.

“We get a lot of references to Willy Wonka,” Zwak said. “And we also hear, ‘This is the best place in the world,’ which we love.”

Kids are free to roam with cellophane bags in hand, picking and choosing their favorite gummies, M&M’s and more from over a hundred bins lining the walls. In addition to its bulk candy, Fuzziwig’s also is famous for its sea-salt caramels and handcrafted chocolates, made from scratch, as well as ice cream and lollipops.

“The store is chocked full, and we keep it that way,” Trish said. “It’s just a whimsical, happy place.”

Best Candy/Sweets Store

• Winner: Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory

• Runners-up: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Rocket Fizz Steamboat Springs

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