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The Best Regional American Candy Bars

Nine of our favorite hard-to-find treats to seek out on your next trip

By Laura Sant

Published on March 7, 2019

Part of the fun of traveling is experiencing firsthand the things that inspire a fierce regional loyalty—ice cream flavors, styles of pizza, hot dog toppings, candy bars. In our age of instant online deliveries and global distribution, however, it's hard to feel like there are any truly regional treats anymore. What's there to experience on your trip to Kansas when you can get anything you want, whenever you want, no matter where you are? Fortunately, there are still local candy companies making a go of it all across the country, and seeking out their creations combines the joy of a treasure hunt, the fun of a treat that still has a sense of place, and the knowledge that you're supporting a family-owned or small business that's competing for shelf space with the Snickers bars of the world. The list of these intensely beloved local treats goes on and on, but here are nine of our all-time favorites:

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