As summer slowly fades to shorter nights and brisker weather, fall brings on tradition and activities of its own. As a kid, the first thing (and most important, in my opinion) that came to mind about fall was always Halloween. And Halloween always meant one thing: Candy.

At 20-something, trick-or-treating has become socially unacceptable for my age; however, I have found solace in the candy haven located in Merrillville.

Albanese Candy Factory, 5441 E. Lincoln Highway in Merrillville, caters to people's sweet tooth with a large selection of freshly made candies and treats. From their world-famous gummies to chocolates to old-fashion classics and more, Albanese will be sure to have exactly what any candy lover craves.

As you walk into Albanese, the store is broken up into sections. To the left of the entrance is a variety of pre-made gifts. Truffles, chocolates and nuts surround the world's tallest chocolate waterfall (that's right, a real-life, running chocolate waterfall) in beautifully packaged boxes and trays.

In the middle of the store are bins and bins full of gummies, chocolates and candies. Customers can select their own package options to create a gift or simply purchase by the bag. The best thing about this section is the samples. Albanese encourages sampling so that customers know they'll love their choice.

In front of the huge selection of candies are displays of traditional and old-fashioned candy. If you remember a favorite from your childhood, there's a good chance you'll find it at Albanese.

Aside from the endless amounts of candy, what makes Albanese so special is that it is an actual factory. As you enjoy some tasty treats, you can watch the candy being made. In addition to watching the candy-making process, televisions are set up to get an in-depth view of the process.

Albanese Candy Factory is certainly a fun and educational way for adults and children to enjoy the Halloween season. With all there is to see and sample, the only thing missing is the costumes; however, something tells me the Albanese staff wouldn't mind if you showed up in one anyway.

Find out more about Albanese Confectionery Group.


Contributing Editor: Stacina Stagner
Former communications coordinator with the South Shore CVA.