C&J’s Candy Store Has a Sweet New Addition

Did you hear the scoop? Popular candy shop now serves Chocolate Shoppe ice cream!

Sawyer Hoff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? C&J’s Candy Store, which opened last July, now features ice cream!
WHAT’S THE SCOOP? C&J’s Candy Store, which opened last July, now features ice cream!

Calling all sweet tooths! You can now get a side of ice cream with your sweet treats at C&J’s Candy Store, located at 342 Main St. E in downtown Menomonie.

In March, the shop added delicious Wisconsin-made ice cream flavors to their menu, like Superman, Cotton Candy, Rocky Road, Zanzibar Chocolate, and This $&@! Just Got Serious, which are supplied by Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream based in Madison. Not only can you grab some cups and cones, they also provide milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream nachos. New flavors are added often and can be viewed on the shop’s Facebook page: C&J’s Candy Store and Scoop Shoppe Menomonie. (Did you say “Matcha Green Tea ice cream”? How about “Carrot Mango Italian Ice”? Black licorice, anyone?)

This family business was opened last July by Barbara Bauer-Chen and her husband, John, who decided that if ever a sugar coma was needed, it was during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to featuring classic candies such as Kit Kats, Swedish Fish, Runts, Mike and Ike’s, Bottle Caps, Smarties, and more, they also feature retro and vintage candies as well as goodies from more than 60 countries (and counting)! Some of these include British chocolates and sweets, Caribbean coconut ginger spice, Pocky, Popin’ Cookin’, Hi-Chew, Aero, Hello Panda, and more. The store was named for the couple’s twin sons – Cody and Jameson – and aims to bring the family-friendly, small-town candy-store vibes to the Menomonie and Dunn County area.

If you’re interested in learning more about C&J’s Candy Shop and their new ice cream flavors, check out their website at cjscandystore.com or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/menomoniecandystore. Better yet, snag a scoop of ice cream at their location downtown to see what the hype is all about!

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