As "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schultz said, "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." Missouri has lots of amazing places to satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving, so gas up the car. We're taking you on a road trip for your sweet tooth.
Christopher Elbow, Kansas City: With craft chocolate, decadent bonbons and seasonal treats, this nationally recognized chocolatier is a don't-miss stop for any travel itinerary.
Bissengers, St. Louis: The handcrafted chocolatier has been a St. Louis brand for more than 90 years, featuring everything from exquisite collections to one-pound chocolate bars.
The Candy Factory, Columbia: Among the wide variety of chocolates made fresh daily at this charming old-fashioned candy store, you'll find a piece of Missouri suitable for snacking!
Cherry Mash, St. Joseph: Chase Candy Company has been making the perfect mix of cherries, chocolate and peanuts since 1876. It's available at lots of places, but it's factory-fresh here!
Askinosie Chocolate, Springfield: Indulge in award-winning chocolate that not only tastes good, it does good. Learn how during a tour of the factory, offered every Tuesday.
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company, St. Louis: Get hands-on with a free tour of the factory where they make their handmade chocolates – and enjoy a free sample at the end.
If you like your sweet treats with a side of nostalgia, Missouri has a large helping of old-fashioned small town (and big city) soda fountains. You can't get meal for 30 cents like you could in the 1940s, but you can still settle at a classic lunch counter and order up a phosphate or root beer float.
Crown Candy Kitchen, St. Louis: With a vintage juke box, Coca-Cola collectibles and a soda fountain, Crown Candy has the best of both worlds – candy and ice cream plus lunch and dinner.
Old Vintage Mercantile, Caledonia: Get swept back in time at this authentic c. 1909 mercantile with its old-fashioned candy, fudge, homemade premium ice cream and lots of vintage fun.
Soda and Scoops, Rolla: Get your kicks – as well as candy, soda and ice cream – on Route 66. Enjoy an old-fashioned hand-scooped ice cream soda served by a real soda jerk.
Little Os Soda Shop, St. Charles: Take a step in the door for a taste of the '40s with candy from yesteryear, ice cream treats, Gooey Butter Cake or even a Gooey Butter Cake milkshake!
The St. Louis Union Station Soda Fountain, St. Louis: this brand new offering at Union Station is old school but so cool. Check out classic favorites with over-the-top twists and enjoy the Fire and Light Show from the patio.
Clinton's Soda Fountain, Clinton: The charm and tradition of the old-fashioned soda fountain continues right down to the checkerboard floor and 100-year-old marble counter. You'll find all the classics, but when in doubt, order Harry's Favorite – a butterscotch sundae with chocolate ice cream – named for Harry S Truman, who worked at a soda fountain in the same location.
Saults Drug Store, Fulton: Just like in the old days, this independent pharmacy features an old-fashioned soda fountain serving cones, shakes, malts and phosphates.
Believe it or not, this is just a sampling. Yep – traveling around Missouri is sweet!
Written by Barbara Brueggeman