Campus Candy Sweetens Up College Ave

If you’ve made your way down College Ave near Family Clothesline over the past few days, chances are you have noticed the loud music coming from the street’s newest store front. Campus Candy, which opened last Friday, is the newest craze to hit State College but, as their slogan says, they “ain’t just candy.”

The company began almost two years ago, when co-founder Mark Tarnofsky dropped his daughter off for her freshman year at Indiana University. Tarnofsky went looking around Bloomington for a candy bar. When he realized there weren’t any in town, he called business partner Jason Tynan with an idea to change this. Three stores at Indiana U in Bloomington, University of Wisconsin in Madison and at the University of Arizona in Tuscon later, the business has reached Penn State.

With two walls stocked full of every variety candy imaginable, Campus Candy is a sweet tooth’s dream. The store also offers soft-serve frozen yogurt, and offers a selection of six flavors daily out of over 40, all fat free. Flavors range from classic “tart and tangy” yogurt like Vanilla Bean and Strawberry Kiwi to “sweet and creamy” such as Yellow Cake Batter and Bavarian Chocolate. The most popular flavors? Cookie Dough and Yellow Cake Batter, according to Tynan.

Customers are given free reign over topping choices– each of the over 500 (550 to be exact, Tynan estimates) are available to go along with your yogurt. Sound a bit overwhelming? It’s okay, you are definitely not alone. It can be, especially with the plethora tempting options.

However, the yogurt and candy can get a bit pricey if self-control is not exercised. Mixing and matching your own candy will cost you $2.89 per 1/4 lb and yogurt is $0.49 / oz without toppings or $0.59 / oz with. To help manage how much you’re getting, scales are available to keep track of the weight and price.

Aside from candy and yogurt, the store also offers desserts from The Cheesecake Factory along with coffees and other beverages.

If you haven’t been in yet, Campus Candy is worth a stop by, even if it is only to check out the many, many options. While other businesses like Yogurt Express and the upcoming Kiwi Frozen Yogurt prevent Campus Candy from holding a monopoly on the State College fro-yo market, the immense variety sets it apart from the others.

Campus Candy is located at 346 E. College Avenue and is open from 11 am to around midnight on weeknights and 1 am on weekends. For daily updates on flavor selections, you can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @CampusCandy.

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Ali Fogarty

Ali Fogarty is a senior from the suburbs of Philadelphia majoring in Public Relations and Political Science who's passionate about Netflix and everything bagels.

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