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No trip to Port Aransas is truly complete without a visit to the sweetest spot in town. Winton’s Island Candy has been a staple of Port Aransas’ dessert scene for 22 years, and is a must-do for any beach-goer in town.
Satisfying your sweet craving is superbly easy in a candy store like this that offers hundreds of confections, from homemade fudge and saltwater taffy to gummies and sour candy. There’s something for every taste and every age.
Recently remodeled after Hurricane Harvey (August 2017), Winton’s is a colorful and recognizable building located on Alister Street, across from The Islander souvenir shop and Destination Beach & Surf (aka the shark). Parking is limited in front, but is usually accessible easily.
Once inside, grab a bag (or two) and explore the aisles of candy heaven. The majority of the candy available at Winton’s is priced by the pound and weighed at checkout. Keep your packaged candies in a separate bag for easier cash-out.
Not sure what kind of sweetness you’re in the mood for? Winton’s certainly has a lot of options for you to choose from. Ask the staff for their recommendations (and be sure to tip them to support their college fund). Last time I checked, Winton’s only accepted cash, so come prepared.
I love the nostalgic feel of the old classic car displaying their wide variety of saltwater taffy. The old tin signs and framed photos and clippings that decorate the store are always a source of entertainment while shopping.
Between the homemade fudge and the milk chocolate peanut clusters, you can certainly smell the sweetness in waves as you wander the shop.
Pro tip: Don’t leave your chocolate in the beach cart cupholder. It will melt in a heartbeat. (Not that it’s ever happened to me… ahem.)
Chocolate and truffles and fudge, oh my. So many delicious fudge options to satisfy every appetite, including butter pecan, dark chocolate hazelnut, raspberry and white chocolate. Or maybe a different flavor for every day, you choose.
Prefer the hard stuff? Check out the selection of lollipops and jawbreakers in all sizes.
For the licorice fans, you’re covered too. Winton’s has plenty of options for all the classic candy fans. There are so many sweet options that you could easily stop in every day and discover something new to try.
Step outside to compare your candy haul to your friend’s, and enjoy their covered patio out front or relax in the shade under the umbrella tables to the side of the building.
Any visit to Port Aransas is a good day to stop in and fill your candy stash with sweets from Winton’s Island Candy. And if you’re not in town but still craving some fresh fudge, you can order online… they ship!
Where to Find It
Winton’s Island Candy
601 South Alister Street
Port Aransas, TX 78373
Hours: 9am – 9pm every day