- Northern Kentucky River Region
Spoil yourself with sugar, spice and everything nice on this palate-pleasing (and kid-approved) drive around Northern Kentucky.
Whether you’re traveling through Northern Kentucky for a few hours or a few days, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge your sweet tooth or satisfy a savory taste along the Sugar & Spice Trail.
You’ll discover tasty chocolates, classic candies and one-of-a-kind local specialties you’ll only find in Kentucky – plus plenty of unique herbs and spices to bring back home. While you’re here, visit can’t-miss attractions such as the Newport Aquarium and Newport on the Levee. Best of all, every stop is less than 30 minutes from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in Covington, making it an easy stop on your way into or out of Kentucky.
Explore the Sugar & Spice Trail
Schneider's Sweet Shop
420 Fairfield Ave
Bellevue, KY 41073
Sweet Tooth Candies
125 W 11th Street
Newport, KY 41071
Sweet Dreams Candy Company
1 Aquarium Way
Newport, KY 41071
Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices
18 North Fort Thomas Avenue
Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Galerie Candy & Gifts
3380 langley Dr
Hebron, KY 41048
Schneider's Sweet Shop, Bellevue
Not much has changed at Schneider’s Sweet Shop since it opened in 1939, and the people of Northern Kentucky couldn’t be happier about that. This family-owned candy store is still located in its original location in Bellevue, and still uses the same equipment, methods and recipes to make its assorted chocolates, truffles, cherry cordials and more. But for an only-in-Northern-Kentucky treat, go for the opera creams – a rich cream-and-chocolate candy that was created for the Cincinnati Opera.
Sweet Tooth Candies, Newport
Gold-wrapped truffles, opera creams, pecan bark and homemade ice cream are among the edible treasures at Sweet Tooth Candies in downtown Newport. There’s also an irresistible selection of seasonal treats, from caramel apples in the fall to ice balls in the summer.
Sweet Dreams Candy Company, Newport
No matter how old you are, you’ll feel like the proverbial kid in a candy store at Sweet Dreams Candy Company. Conveniently located at the Newport Aquarium, the shop easily fulfills every candy craving – from barrels of saltwater taffy to old-fashioned favorites to homemade buckeyes and even a mix-your-own Icee station.
Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices, Ft. Thomas
Founded by local icon and honorary Kentucky Colonel De Stewart, Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices sells a wide variety of seasonings and sampler sets. Now run by Stewart’s wife, Linda, the shop’s World Headquarters in Ft. Thomas also boasts a restaurant, Colonel’s Kitchen, serving breakfast and lunch.
Galerie Candy & Gifts, Hebron
The perfect stop for those flying in or out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Galerie Candy & Gifts offers a little something for everyone. Shop special-edition licensed toys and candies featuring kid-favorite characters from Star Wars and Marvel, discover whimsical gifts like Edible Grass, and stock up on a wide variety of chocolates and hard candies.