In a small, sparkling shop, Cherry Mash, Zotz and other candy fill every nook and cranny. A drawer filled with candy cigarettes sits below a shelf lined with Fruit Stripe gum and Cow Tales. Pez dispensers shaped like classic TV cartoon characters peer from a top shelf. This isn't a candy shop from decades ago, though - it's Columbia, Missouri's newest sweets stop, May Contain Nuts, which opened in December 2015.
Nostalgia isn't the only thing May Contain Nuts specializes in. The shop's glass cases display a selection of fudge flavors - Butterfinger, amaretto-chocolate swirl, crème brûlée, candy cane, peanut butter - made with real butter and cream at Capital Candy in Jefferson City, Missouri. The bulk candy that lines the warm wood shelving sells by the half-pound at price points ranging from $4 to $7, and customers can mix and match along the same price points. May Contain Nuts occupies space once used by Velvet Cupcake Café, inside The Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia.
Story and photography by Lauren Miers. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.
Editor's Note: This story reflects options available at the candy shop in January 2016.