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It has been 83 years since the Nifty Nut House opened, on a quiet Wichita street. From the beginning, the store has stocked raw nuts and house-roasted salted, or roasted unsalted, nuts.
Today, this iconic third generation family-owned business offers 110 nut options. Buy raw pine nuts, Macadamia Nut Roasted Salted, Maple Nut Clusters and even Organic Hazelnuts. Chocolate lovers will find plenty of delicious options, too, from Mint Chip Malt Balls and Espresso Bean Dark Chocolate to Lindt Truffle Balls and Butterfinger Minis. Are you a fudge fan? Choose from among half a dozen flavors.
Kids of all ages love Nifty Nut House's colorful array of gum balls, and licorice varieties that include Licorice Money. Buy some candy necklaces and Pop Rocks too. Health-conscious customers also appreciate dried fruits, or vegetables such as Dried Green Beans, and many sugar free items that include dried unsweetened papaya spears.
Where else can you purchase 10 pretzel flavors? Choose Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels, and dark or milk chocolate pretzels, to name a few. There's wedding-appropriate candy and treats to help announce the sex of a new baby. Purchase Good 'N Plenty or Cherry Sour Balls, or find Nostalgic Candy Mixes that reflect several different decades.
Love Jelly Belly candies? I doubt you'll find a larger selection anywhere. Choose your favorites from at least 60 flavors.
There's also plenty of fun stuff to see here. 1,000 vintage gumball machines that line upper walls reflect a collection spanning more than three decades, and colorful, locally handmade pinatas hang within view of the entrance. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to visit the Nifty Nut House when you're in Wichita.
Please note: As a writer associated with the travel industry, I received complimentary meals, lodging, and a Nifty Nut House tour during my Wichita visit. While it has not influenced this post, I wish to disclose all potential conflicts of interest.