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For a quick dose of nostalgia, take a peek inside this mom-and-pop soda and candy shop in Surprise. The brand is based in California, and the interior certainly has a laidback, beachy vibe, but the only location in Arizona is independently owned and operated. It’s a family-run shop, so don’t be surprised to be greeted and offered recommendations by one of the owners’ kids. There are sweets galore, including an impressive selection of salt water taffy flavors, hard-to-find imported candy bars like the British Yorkie and Kinder Bueno, and even wine-flavored gummies. Rocket Fizz also offers sugar in liquid form, and you could hem and haw all day before choosing from one of 600 types of soda pop. The brand even makes its own sodas in flavors like banana nut, black licorice, green apple jalapeno, marshmallow, and Shirley Temple. Or, pick from other rarities like Brain Wash and Fukola Cola.
Gone are the days when kids would pop by the local candy shop for penny candies and licorice whips on their way home from school. Now, they're more likely to be purchasing iPhone apps than Hershey bars. But we still can get our nostalgia fix at Rocket Fizz, where owners Brad and Kim Fry and their kids offer up Gobstoppers, saltwater taffy, and Twix bars with as much zeal as Sammy Davis Jr.'s Candy Man. The Frys stock more than 600 varieties of pop (we don't dare use the modern vernacular of... More »
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