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Sweet Delights on Highway 49

Strike it rich at an old-time ice cream parlour or "confectionery" as you travel Highway 49 with kids. There's nothing like sitting down at a marble-topped counter on a hot day to slurp down ice cream sundaes topped with hot fudge or fresh berries. Or maybe kids will want to step back in time with a "sarsaparilla" soda. On the move? Grab some treats from dazzling displays of old fashioned sweets like giant rainbow lollipops, black licorice, pink peppermint sticks, homemade fudge and chewy salt water taffy.
Homemade lollipops
Highway 49 runs like a gold vein through the Sierra foothills. Back in the 19th century, every little town had an ice cream shop and general store stocked with candies. The historic towns of the Gold Country never lost this great tradition.
Be prepared - you might want to skip a meal to make room for specialties like the "Pig Trough" (five scoops of ice cream with three toppings of chocolate, butterscotch or marshmellow creme, nuts, sprinkles and candy toppings, three cherries). Or try a sundae with a name from local legends - "Mercer Caverns," "Black Bart" (the poet bank robber) or "Gold Strike."
Frosty shops
As if the ice cream parlours weren't enough, there's also 50ties style "frosty" shops along Highway 49. Frosties are soft ice cream cones which also come dipped in chocolate. Or have milkshakes so thick your straw stands straight up, creamy root beer floats (the "float" is ice cream), or banana splits.
Whether you're en route to Lake Tahoe or San Francisco, or exploring the Gold Country, you'll be glad you made time for these sweet treats along the way.
  Nevada City
      Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe (236 Broad St. ) – Step into chocolate heaven, all shapes and sizes. 1lb Nevada Gold looks like the Motherlode.

Grass Valley

      Big A Rootbeer Drive In (810 E. Main St.) Root beer floats and soft ice cream.
      Lazy Dog Chocolateria & Ice Cream Parlour (111 Mill St.) – Ice cream parlour and candy store, with unusual chocolates such as sea salt and pecan turtles, Jelly Belly jelly beans, red white and blue ice cream.


      Auburn Drug Co. (815 Lincoln Way) Drug store and soda shop with marble top counter, since 1896. Phosphates (like a sour soda), sundaes, ice cream floats, fresh lemonade, rock candy, old fashioned stick candy. A gem.
      Aunt Flo's Chocolates - Serendipity (675 High St.) Chocolate dipped cheesecake, chocolate dipped rice krispies, chocolate dipped oreos, smoothies.


      Argonaut Cafe (8928 Highway 490) Fresh lemonade, ice cream sodas, gelato, candies, sasaparilla.


      CandyStrike Emporium (460 Main St.) Barrels of old-time hard candies (fill up your bucket with sweets).
      Original Mel's Drive In (232 Main St.) Milkshakes, malts, sodas, sundaes.

Amador City

      Buffalo Chips Emporium (14175 Highway 49) – Old fashioned sodas, sundaes, malts, milkshakes.

Sutter Creek

      Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium (51 Main St.) Ice cream sundaes, jelly beans, jawbreakers.


      Train Town Candies and Ice Cream Parlor (139 Main St.) Thick milkshakes, big sundaes, ice cream cones, toffee, old-fashioned caramels, rock candy, jelly beans, fudge, and more.
      Mel and Faye's Diner (204 N. Highway 49) Sundaes, milkshakes, floats, banana splits.


      Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Parlour (454 Main St.) Floats, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes with names like "Mercer Caverns," "Black Bart" and "Gold Strike."


      Columbia Candy Kitchen (22726 Main St.) Handmade lollipops, vanilla creams, peppermint chews, licorice, orange drops, chocolates.
      Fallon Ice Cream Parlor (11175 Washington St.) "Motherlode" of waffle ice cream cones.


      Here's the Scoop (18242 Main St.)Homemade ice cream sandwiches waffle cones, sundaes, drumsticks, milkshakes. Also Locals Make Good old fashioned candy store.
      Jimtown Frosty (Main St. and Highway 49) – Soft ice cream cones, milkshakes.
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