How sweet is your sweet tooth? If sugar is your constant craving, then the new Rocket Fizz Scottsdale could be your salvation.
The shop boasts more than 1,200 types of candies, 400-plus soda pop flavors, and specializes in nostalgic candy, those caloric snacks that were popular in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Offerings include kosher candies, too.
For a sample of the sweet stuff, co-owners Sue Engdahl and Michael Paul are hosting a grand opening party on Saturday, June 6. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., guests can partake of complimentary candy and soda pop tastings, contests with door prizes, live music and face painting.
But Paul promises plenty of confectionery classics every day, including "that favorite candy bar that people haven't seen since their childhood."
That means long-lost loves like the Whatchamacallit chocolate bar, Clark bars, candy cigarettes and Pop Rocks, stacked on crowded, colorful shelves alongside sodas like Faygo, Green River, Nesbitt's and Bubble Up. Rocket Fizz makes its own sodas, too, in brands like Judge Wapner Cola, Gene Autry Root Beer, Rowdy Roddy Piper's Bubble Gum and Snooki Wild Cherry.
Then, there's the whole line of more curious offerings like Lester's Fixins sodas in flavors such as bacon-chocolate, sweet corn, ranch dressing and buffalo wing, plus a wide array of novelties, gag gifts and old-fashioned toys.
Bacon soda or not, the concept seems to be a popular one. This is the second Arizona location of the Rocket Fizz national franchise, with the first store in Surprise. Current locations span 57 stores across the U.S., and according to the corporate website, there are 27 more locations underway, including one planned for Gilbert.
The company was featured on an episode of the CBS show "Undercover Boss" in January, and on Food Network's "Food Factory" show in May.
Details: Rocket Fizz Scottsdale, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 132, Scottsdale. 480-306-8144. Also, 13681 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 122, Surprise. 623-0546-3499, rocketfizz.com.
Carey Sweet covers dining news. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.