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IndyPick • Best Of 2011: Candy Store

It happened one uneventful day. I wandered into one of Manitou Springs' many candy stores, and saw it out of the corner of my eye, a merry pile of red-and-white wrappers. Instantly, I knew I had found them: Twin Bings, two nutty, chocolate mounds with cherry-flavored, nougat-type centers. I'd eaten them only once before, with my childhood friend one hot week in Wyoming, and hadn't been able to find them since. Had I only known sooner to look at Goldminers, which specializes in old-school candies. This 16-year-old business is run by husband-and-wife team Leslie and Manny Vasquez, who bought it from Manny's parents four years ago. Though the nut offerings there have waned, Manny still makes a fine selection of fudge and chocolate candies, with "nontraditional" items like jalapeño peanut brittle and jalapeño fudge. Not the spicy type? There's about 180 other choices, Manny says. — Edie Adelstein

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