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Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store

MINNESOTA’S LARGEST CANDY STORE

JORDAN, MN

Heaven. That’s the word my husband would use to describe Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. Born with a prominent sweet tooth, which has only grown with him into his 30s, he is a sucker for anything made of 98% sugar. I was almost more excited to take him to this big, glorious yellow barn than I was my three young kiddos. A kid at heart, indeed.

Our family annually (and sometimes more than annually) takes the road trip to Jim’s Apple Farm, which is now more famously called Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, located in Jordan just south of Chaska. (Also, on chillier weather days, be sure to visit Zap Arcade; for hot summer days, visit Lagoon Park).  It’s impossible to miss the candy barn for two main reasons: 1) It sits directly along Hwy 169 and 2) Yellow painted fencing lines a full mile of the highway leading up to it.

Walking into this building makes the diabetic in me want to cower into the fetal position, but so long as I bring my will power and some cash, everyone in our family has a wonderfully delicious time here. Selling candies from all over the world, soda bottles in unique varieties, chips and salsa, pumpkins, baked goods, jerky, flavored licorice, popcorn and taffy, thousands of jigsaw puzzles and novelty gifts, and of course the classic stuff you used to find at the local corner gas station when you were kids (yes, they have candy cigarettes and cow tails), this place will never fail to surprise you!

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mn largest candy store

mn largest candy store

What is it?

Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store started out as Jim’s Apple Farm, with growing and selling apples as the main family business…until 2005, when Robert Wagner decided to embrace a couple bad apple harvests and convert the barn into what could probably be deemed the most unique retail space in Minnesota. While still a family business that bases its sales on word of mouth and straight cash, they are succeeding in modern day sans a website, a credit card machine, and – weirdest of all – a phone number.

The big yellow barn sells more than 3,000 varieties of candy sectioned off by type. They have areas designated to sour candy, gumballs, licorice, gummies, European candy, hard candy, taffies, suckers, caramel, character candy and more.

mn largest candy store

mn largest candy store

mn largest candy store

mn largest candy store

Not a fan of sugar?  The barn is also known for its jigsaw puzzles, jerkeys, syrups, meats, salsas and pumpkin prices (only $3.98 for any size pumpkin…and they have some BIG ones!).  Of course, the one weakness this diabetic can’t fight off is the homemade apple pies. Yup, they’re warm and made minutes before you buy them by their 90+ year old baker, who also happens to be the father of the owner. I also enjoy shopping in their novelty gifts where you can bring home a bag of “bat guano” or peruse goofy socks that say things like “I have to pee…again” (I may have bought those for my mother).

mn largest candy store

The barn is huge (and they add on more every single year), but literally every inch is covered in colorful displays of temptation.  The painted murals and quirky larger-than-life entertainment are a relatively new addition, with representations of your kids’ favorite movie characters and superheroes everywhere you look, a space-themed silo (where the Millenium Falcon hangs from the ceiling), a Chuck-E-Cheese-like robotic band, and a popcorn and taffy ferris wheel. Whoever is in charge of this place has a wicked sense of humor too, which makes the experience awesome.

The massive parking lot, painted murals, comical billboards, and mile-long yellow fencing lining Hwy 169  is apparently the only advertising this place needs (plus a pretty active Facebook page, if I’m being honest). While it’s not open year-round, Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store sure know how to put the sweetest of icings on two of the greatest seasons Minnesota offers.

mn largest candy store

Fit for what ages?

“Like a kid in a candy store” is more than an expression at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. If you can eat, you will enjoy the barn. Grab a shopping basket and go to town collecting fun variations of old-school candy with your kiddos, from candy buttons to Necco wafers. Obviously, know your child’s sugar tolerance and maybe set some limits, but after that boring conversation is had, go to town and have fun! And set aside time to soak in the incredible paintings, sculptures, music, and amusement everywhere you look.

Weekends can be incredibly busy, so hang on to little ones, but I don’t think I can even set an age limit on this one because kids of all ages will love it, including my 38-year old hubby.

mn largest candy store

mn largest candy store

How much are we talkin?

Gas money from your house to Jordan + however much you spend on sugary goodness should about cover it. Everything is priced good n’ cheap, but this is a CASH ONLY business and the ATM has a $3 fee if you need to use it.

My caramel apple pie cost $12 and my son’s gumball machine was $5. Small price to pay for the size of the smiles they created. Candy, fudge, popcorn, and sodas range quite widely in price, but seriously…it’s just…so fun. Just know that it can add up fast. I usually tell my kids they can choose two items and they have to be reasonable (in other words, no, you cannot buy the $40 gummy snake the size of your body).

mn largest candy store

mn largest candy store

Want some tips?

Most important tip: BRING CASH. They have multiple registers run by sweet family-business relatives who are obviously used to saying, “Sorry, we don’t take credit cards, but the ATM is over there.” Weekends can be insane with body-to-body people, but weekdays are fantastic! Grab a basket as you walk in.

Do not grab a pumpkin as you walk in. They work on the honor system, so you simply tell your cashier how many pumpkins you’re buying and pick them up on the way to your car. A minor point, but something worth mentioning, is to check the expiration dates on some of the candies. Obviously this is unintentional, but you can’t have thousands of varieties of candies and keep them all up to date all the time, so just keep an eye out.

mn largest candy store

Their parking lot is almost always full so do keep an eye on your kiddos as they run from the car to the barn with pure excitement. The size of the barn has expanded to greatly that it’s hard to keep the family together when you enter, but we usually head straight to the back to get our candy picked out first. Then head to the front to pick out our sodas (and dad’s pie and mom’s salsas and noodles and honey and pancake mix and popcorn).

Bathrooms are located in the front of the store by the registers. They’re adorable and made to resemble port-a-potties (but they’re not…don’t worry). The ATM is also located near the registers.

And if you buy a soda you plan on drinking on your drive home, be sure to stop before the exit door and use the bottle opener hanging on the wall or you’ll be bitterly disappointed when you’re driving home and realize it’s not a twist-off (speaking from experience here).

There are some spots in the store with what some may deem “inappropriate” for children (for example, my son laughed hysterically at a box of chocolate Camel Balls — I thought it was funny too) so just know that if they can read, they can read “Lip Shit” (it’s chapstick) and “Queen of Bitch Mountain” (on some socks). I’m not bothered by this stuff, but I know people who are, understandably.

mn largest candy store

Jordan is a quaint little city filled with antique stores and if you visit in the Fall, you’re also in prime apple orchard country. Check out Minnesota Harvest Orchard, Wagner Brothers Orchard, Emma Krumbees or Jim’s Apple Farm (which is located right behind the big yellow barn). It is also the home of Zap Arcade, which is a fun place to hit up in the cold winter months. Summer is great in Jordan too and you won’t want to miss a visit to Lagoon Park (and splash pad) if it’s hot out.

Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store is open seasonally from May through November (but open and close dates definitely vary year to year), so time your visit appropriately. And since there is no phone number, it can be tough to check in on specific open dates and times. This can be a negative, but just follow their Facebook page to get specifics.

mn largest candy store

mn largest candy store

minnesota largest candy store

mn largest candy store

Hours and Location

20430 Johnson Memorial Drive  |  Jordan, MN 55352
Open 7 days a week, hours vary by month and can be found on their Facebook page in the About section.

I can’t stress enough that this place is literally impossible to miss. Simply go south on Hwy 169 and it will be on your right. Follow the mile-long yellow fencing until the parking lot. Parking lot is huge so no worries about not getting a spot.

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If you want to know ANYthing at all about Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, follow them on Facebook. The review comments have some information, but other than that, I’m afraid there aren’t a lot of ways to gather more information about this place. Now, aren’t you glad I wrote about it?

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  • Nate
    09/22/2014 at 11:43 am

    Great write-up as always. Is it time to go back yet?

    • Ralph
      11/21/2016 at 6:43 pm

      I bot an apple crisp pie from you today for Thanksgiving, do I need to freeze it until Thursday ?

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  • Michelle Parsneau
    05/12/2015 at 8:24 pm

    They DO take checks. We go regularly when they’re open, and every November, before they close for the year, we stock up on about 2 dozen bags of their black popcorn, because it is really the only place we can find it, and it is so much tastier than the standard yellow or white that everyone knows

    • Pat
      05/13/2015 at 7:35 pm

      Never heard of black popcorn. Have to try it.

      • Alexis
        05/19/2015 at 7:56 am

        no

  • Margie hoeft
    05/13/2015 at 1:02 am

    Do you have catalogs you send out

  • Chelsey
    05/13/2015 at 3:26 am

    I love this place! I can’t wait for it to open.

  • Charles Jones
    05/13/2015 at 1:39 pm

    looking forward to taking my daughter here can’t wait she’s 28 years old she’s going to act like a kid in a candy store

  • Pat
    05/13/2015 at 7:34 pm

    Can’t wait to visit. Never knew it was there.

  • Patty
    05/17/2015 at 8:32 am

    This was so helpful. My sister is coming this summer and this is one of the spots we will venture too. Loved all that you wrote. Thanks so much.

  • Alexis
    05/19/2015 at 7:56 am

    what is the history of the candy store

  • Alexis
    05/26/2015 at 9:03 am

    how much does food cost?

    • Sue
      06/05/2016 at 7:57 pm

      It’s expensive.
      Hopefully your going there for the experience or something that you can’t find elsewhere.
      It’s great to take your kids there if they don’t expect everything, WHEN IT’S NOT EXTREMELY BUSY.

  • Kristine
    06/03/2015 at 1:18 pm

    Hi I am wondering if you carry chewy gobstoppers or chewy runts?

  • Lori Jean
    06/16/2015 at 8:39 pm

    We’ve been waiting for the candy store to open again just so that we can come up and stock up on the various types of candies, fudge, sodas that are in the store, now that I know your open I’m going to start saving my money to come up there to stock up before the end of the season comes again

  • Doreen Finstad
    07/11/2015 at 5:54 am

    Do you carry Seven Up bars and Zotz?

    • Larry
      08/03/2015 at 1:38 pm

      I was there on Aug 2 and they do have Zotz. Not sure on the candy bar.

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    trying to reach Jim’s apple orchard contacts regarding Sara Lee pies

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  • Merri
    08/26/2015 at 10:27 pm

    Great place!! My daughter had her wallet stolen. They took all her cash, 150$. Hang onto your wallets and purses. Don’t turn away for a minute like she did! Luckily, she didn’t lose anything else and did get her wallet back. That was her state fair money, she worked hard for! I hope whoever took her money sees this and realize they are among the nastiest people alive. Sorry your store is great but obviously your patrons are not!!!

    • Kitty
      08/25/2016 at 5:10 pm

      As sad as it is that someone stole her money, you can’t blame the patrons. I have been there several times and I can assure you that I never once stole anything. The state fair would have been just as bad…any place you go there is always the possibility that someone is there waiting to see someone being inattentive to their belongings. Instead of putting the store at the fore-front of this lesson, maybe teach your daughter to be more responsible. It can’t be stolen if you don’t let it. You simply don’t let $150 out of your site and maybe don’t take that much with you next time.

  • Carrie
    09/04/2015 at 4:17 pm

    We were at your store earlier today and spent $50 on treats along with a bottle of pop for each of our girls to enjoy during movie night tonight. After we left your store we ran to get some groceries and when we returned to our vehicle one of the three unopened bottles in the bag leaked all over everything we purchased and ruined almost all of our treats. I am not only disappointed that it ruined our purchases but my daughter was in tears cause now she doesn’t have her special pop for tonight!
    I know it is probably a manufacturer fault but I feel since we purchased from you, you should help replace some of the girls treats we purchased.
    Thanks for taking your time to read this.
    Carrie

  • Angela Murphy
    09/08/2015 at 9:48 am

    Is there a phone number for this store?

    • Marissa
      09/08/2015 at 1:55 pm

      There is no phone number but they do have a facebook page that you can message them through.

      • Rhonda
        09/09/2015 at 2:00 pm

        Does anyone know when they are closing for the season this year?

        • Nate
          09/09/2015 at 2:23 pm

          From their Facebook Page:

          Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store is OPEN seven days a week form 9:00 am until 7:00 pm from early June until the end of November. This includes holidays, such as Labor Day.

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  • Christy Meld
    04/27/2016 at 12:38 pm

    Do you carry black licorice gum?

  • Theresa Kossan
    05/14/2016 at 11:10 am

    O
    I’m excited to visit the candy store. Thanks for the information.

  • Meredie Rowan
    06/14/2016 at 8:18 pm

    do you have a pnut and tree nut free section… i have a grandson with pnut allergy…and most candy are on pnut lines unless it says pnut free

  • Kelly
    07/23/2016 at 8:29 pm

    I love the pies I get here, so I couldn’t begin to pick a favorite. I am wondering, I have a friend who has a red dye allergy (ex:red jellos, fake red dyes). With your strawberry rhubarb pie, do u use strawberry jello or plain pectin? She would love to have a piece but is curious about if any red jellos were added. Thanks!
    Kelly

  • Maritza Hairston
    08/01/2016 at 7:18 pm

    I live in Ft. Bragg, NC. My family lives in ormsby, and worthington Mn. I was wondering if on your website i can order and get the items mail to me.

    • Nate
      08/03/2016 at 10:06 pm

      Sorry, this isn’t the site for the Candy Store…we just reviewed our trip there. I don’t think they mail stuff, but you’d have to contact them. I suggest their Facebook page.

  • Christina Lohmeier
    08/05/2016 at 10:04 am

    I live in MN for 39 years and never knew about the candy store but I moved to Mo 4 years ago and every year I go back for the state fair and I never miss the candy store in my trip now..i tell everyone about it and bring them back little trinkets..i live love this place

  • Christina Lohmeier
    08/05/2016 at 10:13 am

    So I lived in MN for39 years and never knew about the candy store. I moved to Mo 4 years ago and my mom who lives in Jordan told me so now every year I plan my attack ahead of time as far as what I want and what cash I need and go every year I come home in Aug..new York seltzer and trinkets for my friends in mo which I tell them about it..it is an amazing place and expect to spend at least an hour to get through it all..

  • Sharon May
    08/17/2016 at 9:15 am

    I can’t wait till I can get back to Minnesota to check this place out

  • addison
    11/25/2016 at 3:01 pm

    lovely my mom really wants to visit today

  • Angelique Anderson
    02/11/2017 at 7:24 am

    I would like to know if youy sell sugar free candy, and sugar free popcorn. I work in a group home and some clients can’t not have real sugar.