Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen

Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen: The Sweetest Treats in Gatlinburg, TN
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Entertainment and sweets abound at Gatlinburg's Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. The old-fashioned candy shop pulls taffy and dips caramel apples in-store as locals and tourists watch. You'll want to try every flavor and bring whatever you miss home in an adorably packaged box.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Gatlinburg’s oldest candy store, Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen boasts an impressive history and a strong reputation spanning several generations. The beloved candy shop opened in 1952 and remains the ultimate destination for chocolate and taffy lovers. Prepare to be blown away by fresh candy made right before your eyes. You’ll love the packaging nearly as much as you crave the candy.

Conveniently located in the heart of Gatlinburg, Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen occupies a prized spot in sweet tooth heaven, right alongside Maypops Frozen Ice Cream and the Mayfield Dairy Bar. No matter how many calories you consume while sampling Gatlinburg’s sweet treats, you’ll want to make a pit stop at Ole Smoky — no other shop offers an experience quite like it.

The moment you arrive, you’ll encounter a wonderful mix of sweet smells that could only be found in a classic candy shop. Before you begin choosing your favorites, check out the cooks at work. Always busy, they might be pulling taffy, dipping apples, or preparing fudge when you walk in the door.

Once you’ve witnessed Ole Smoky’s candy masters at work, sidle up to the display case to check out the store’s most delectable offerings. Don’t forget to check out the wide selection of boxed candies. You’ll leave with a full stomach and a full heart.

A few of our menu favorites include the following:

Milk Chocolate Brown Bears
Sold in an adorable box featuring industrious young bears, these chocolates remain a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Caramel treats covered in milk chocolate melt in your mouth.

Watch taffy creation in action, until you succumb to the cravings Ole Smoky’s taffy puller and wrapping machine will surely produce. Set aside plenty of time to watch the cooks — decked out in white — as they load taffy onto the store’s puller and add mouthwatering flavors. Combine several of these delicious flavors to create your own unique box.

Pecan Divinity
It’s only appropriate that you try an old-fashioned treat in an old-fashioned candy shop. Pecan divinity is the ultimate throwback candy, and you can buy it by the box at Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen.

Caramel Apples
No autumn treat compares to the homemade caramel apples at Ole Smoky, available with or without nuts. Depending on when you arrive, you can see fresh apples dipped right before your eyes. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more colorful, try one of Ole Smoky’s red candy apples — they’re almost too pretty to eat!

Insider Tip:
Show up while Old Smoky’s candy cooks are at work, and you just might score a free sample if you ask nicely.