These days you don’t hear about a lot of kids who take their birthday money and ride their bikes down to the candy shop, but according to one young shopper at Periwinkle’s Soda Pop Candy Shop, that’s just what he and his friends do. It’s not uncommon for preteens to show up with a couple of dollars in their pocket to choose their favorite sweets, or for families to drop in after a walk around the courthouse square. In short, Lebanon’s Periwinkle’s Soda Pop Candy Shop has something for just about anyone with a sweet tooth.
Shop owner, John Krasowski is a candy man by trade, having worked in the business for many years, first in Chicago and now here. What many people don’t know is that he still works full time as a Department Head at Zachary Confections in Frankfort. You might say the shop is his full time hobby. He just likes candy so much, that he decided to open Periwinkle’s Soda Pop Candy Shop in 2015.
Located right across the street from the Lebanon Public Library, Periwinkle’s isn’t a huge place, but it boasts a remarkable assortment of vintage and modern sweets as well as a huge selection of soda pop. Candies like Abb-Zabba are marked “circa 1922,” while modern favorites like Toxic Waste Hazardously Sour Candy draw fans to compete in a competition to see how long they can keep the candy in their mouths. (Winners photos are displayed on the walls.) The selection of candy corn alone is mind-boggling, with custom flavors like Crème Brule and Egg Nog. The shop even offers a selection of greeting cards and they can make you a gift basket for someone you might be “sweet” on.
This summer Periwinkle’s is offering ice cream floats as a special treat. The house special, called the Firecracker Ice Cream Float, features vanilla ice cream, lemon-lime soda, and cherry Pop Rocks, sure to make your taste buds tingle! Best of all, you can create your own favorite flavor combination with a float kit that comes complete with ice cream, the soda of your choice, a straw, spoon, and wet nap!
Periwinkle’s Soda Pop Candy Shop is located at 115 E Washington Street with hours 11 am until 8 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 am until 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. Why not stop by this Saturday, June 22, from 11 am until 2pm and see the incredible magic of John Harvey? Rain or shine, there will be fun and games, soda pop, candy, and ice cream floats full of pop rocks that sizzle in every sip!