A Sugar Rush at Eclectic Collections & Confections

There’s something magical about a candy store, no matter how old you are.

And Eclectic Collections & Confections in Thief River Falls, Minnesota is one of the best.


The tidy rows of chocolates, the riot of colorful wrappers, the bulk candy neatly tucked into clear glass jars at eye level — it’s all designed to look beautiful and delicious.

A father and daughter were shopping at Eclectic Collections & Confections at the same time as I was and all of our eyes were as big as these cute little stuffed animals.

I guess you’re never too old to be charmed by candy.


The malted milk balls, chocolate covered cashews, peanuts and potato chips are big sellers, as are the salted caramels.

I was in town with my husband’s family so I picked up some chocolate covered peanuts for my in-laws and a massive peanut butter cup for Derrick. (I’m a sucker for anything in a glass case!)

I bought some incredible dark chocolate for myself. It was rich and complex and I got a very generous portion for just a few dollars. I ate and some of it later the day with a cup of black coffee in front of a roaring fire while my baby slept in the next room. It was the most indulgent thing I’d done in forever.


And that taffy shown here and in the first photo? To die for.

With a soft, buttery texture and flavors like chocolate chip cookie, birthday cake, cotton candy and key lime, this taffy was easily the best I’ve ever had, hands down.

No one was more shocked than me. I’m decidedly ambivalent about taffy. I can only tolerate the chocolate ones (and even those taste an awful lot like the waxy wrapper half of the time), but Derrick’s family loves it, so I filled a big paper bag with a little bit of everything and brought it back to the hotel.


It didn’t last long. I even stashed a few in my purse for later!

The shop also carries sugar-free taffy, gummies and hard candy if you’re diabetic or watching your sugar intake.


Electic Collections & Confections specializes in balloon bouquets and stocks lots of party supplies. And it’s a great place to pick up a greeting card to go along with your candy or balloons. They have a whole wall of cards at bargain prices, just 2 for $1.00.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this candy shop is definitely worth the trip.


Eclectic Collections & Confections
127 3rd Street East
Thief River Falls, MN

Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Extended hours during the summer months

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