10/29/2010 11:03 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Favorite Candy Stores

Rooted in Celtic tradition, Halloween has worn many hats as the holiday for pagan worship, successful harvests, and the commemoration of departed souls. Today, it is celebrated all over the world with different customs, but for Americans, the holiday has come to symbolize mainly one thing: candy. The statistics speak for themselves: 600 million confectionery pounds are gobbled up annually in the United States (a whopping twelve pounds per child). With a wealth of options, trick-or-treaters these days are not just costume-clad kids, but rather discerning consumers, eager to uncover the most special sweets. We polled the Indagare staff for some of its favorite, most memorable candy stores, and came up with a fun list of beloved spots across the U.S. From a New York importer of European candies, to old-fashioned emporiums out West, here is a list of where you can stock up on sweet finds this Halloween and throughout the year.