Wakarusa Dime Store Fast Facts
- Ronald Reagan snacked on jumbo jelly beans to quit his smoking habit. His action launched jelly beans into the spotlight, making them a year-round treat.
- Jumbo Jelly Beans were introduced in 1960 by the son of the original owner as a special addition to the Maple Syrup Festival.
- There are more than 450 different kinds of candy here.
- Wakarusa Dime Store closes early on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.
- Wakarusa Dime Store is closed on New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.
The Wakarusa Dimestore in Wakarusa, Indiana is quite a fun surprise.
In business since 1907, I dare you to try not to run up and down the candy-filled aisles grabbing every shiny, colorful, candy-containing package in sight.
Wakarusa Dime Store in Wakarusa, Indiana
You’ll find row after row of old favorites in this small Indiana town. We saw Apple Heads and Candy Necklaces, Candy Buttons and Big League Chew Bubble Gum. I loved those as a kid.
There’s the whole gummy gambit. You already know and love the basic gummy shapes, like bears and worms, right? Prepare yourself: there are more types to choose among than you thought. You can find everything from cheeseburgers to rats (um, I’ll pass), as well as some things I hadn’t seen before.
Want in on the bacon trend? They carried a variety of bacon products–including bacon bubblegum. They sure have gotten creative with candy, haven’t they?
It will make anyone with a sweet tooth revert back to an 8-year-old with free reign and a couple of bucks in his or her pocket. They do have more than 450 kinds of candy inside this long-time shop.
Jumbo Jelly Beans at Wakarusa Dime Store
Wakarusa Dimestore boasts quite the claim to fame: The Jumbo Jelly Bean.
People just can’t get enough of them. We couldn’t either. How many samples are too many samples? I’m only teasing.
While I wouldn’t normally call myself a big fan of jelly beans, all that has changed.
At least, turning them into these Goliaths has made me a believer–and an addict. There’s a lot of fun flavors at this excellent Indiana candy store.
Can you say “variety?” Sure, there’s the old favorites like Cherry and Lemon and Orange, but then there are all sorts of clever twists too.
When was the last time you had a humongous jelly bean in flavors like Chocolate Covered Cherry, Root Beer, and (the really pretty) Jellystones? When was the last time you called a jelly bean “pretty?”
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Random fact: Jumbo Jelly Beans were once enjoyed by Ronald Reagan as a way to kick his smoking habit. His new favorite snack made jelly beans gain popularity for any time of year. It launched the candy into the limelight.
If you are in the area you have got to check out the Wakarusa Dimestore. It’s so much fun to wander around and just look at all the kinds of candy there are available. The items you’ll find here will make great, unique gifts, stocking stuffers, and Easter basket fillers that aren’t run-of-the-mill. There are some products here too (like bacon lip balm).
What could be more fun than to wander around and see the favorite candies of your childhood? When you are done reminiscing, try the samples of Jumbo Jelly Beans to see which one floats your boat. With so many flavors, it’s hard to choose.
Follow Wakarusa Dime Store on Facebook. That way, you will see the special events and latest flavors to churn out of this neat candy shop.
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Wakarusa Dime Store
103 E Waterford Street
Wakarusa, IN 46573
Wakarusa, Indiana Store Hours
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM -4:00 PM
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