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By Eddie O’Neill
Route 66 Candy Shoppe, located in downtown Waynesville, gained media attention on Fat Tuesday 2014 when the unabashedly large owners, Charley Joe and Danny Kallman, invited those who tipped the scales at three hundred pounds to indulge in some free fudge one last time before Lent.
More than a year later, the shop is still bringing in customers that are hungry for candy cigarettes, Mary Janes, candy buttons, and more. The store’s specialty is the fifty flavors of saltwater taffy; there are wicker baskets full of watermelon, banana, and vanilla taffy. And for those willing to try something exotic, the shop offers bacon-maple and chicken-and-waffle taffy, too. The gourmet popcorn is another draw, and the fudge and cheesecake truffles are homemade.
“It’s all my own recipes,” Charley says. “And if people ever have a request for a type of fudge I don’t normally make, I’ll be happy to make it for them, as long as they can give me enough notice.”