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There's always something sweet going on around River Street Sweets! From our new Franchising opportunities to lending a hand in our community, we love being an involved and active force in making life a little sweeter wherever we can!

River Street Sweets FranchiseThe Candy Business is sweet!

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy          Kitchen.
    For over 40 years, the Strickland family of    Savannah, Georgia has made the south synonymous with handmade Southern Sweets. From World Famous Pralines, saltwater taffy, hand stretched peanut brittle to homemade pecan pies, our made-from-scratch southern delicacies are known worldwide.Founded in 1973 on Savannah’s historic waterfront, River Street Sweets is the city’s oldest candy store, today operated by siblings Jennifer and Tim Strickland. Just down the street, their father “Stan the Candy Man” Strickland operates Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, one of the largest candy stores in the south since 1990.
    Customers love the nostalgic experience of watching the candy makers hand dip pralines onto giant marble slabs, stir glazed pecans in huge copper kettles; and see the 100-year-old saltwater taffy machine in action. After numerous requests, the Strickland family combined their efforts to offer the best of both candy companies under the unified brand River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. They now share their candy making traditions by offering franchise opportunities in future locations. River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, is a unique opportunity to be a part of one of America’s finest and most successful candy brands, a Southern tradition from the heart of Savannah. It is not only a business opportunity, but a chance to share in a lifestyle that is both fun and family oriented. Life is Sweet!


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Savannah, GA - River Street Sweets • Savannah's Candy Kitchen was recently ranked as #2 in Entrepreneur magazine's Top Candy Franchisees list. This list recognizes the top franchise companies in the candy business based on data submitted for Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® ranking based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.


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 2020 Top New Franchises2020 Top New Franchises



Savannah, GA - River Street Sweets • Savannah's Candy Kitchen was recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine's Top New Franchises list. This list recognizes the top 100 companies that have been franchising for five years or less, based on data submitted for Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® ranking. River Street Sweets • Savannah's Candy Kitchen, which began franchising in 2015, was ranked #71.


More than forty years after the very first Franchise 500 ranking, the franchise industry is still going strong and more competitive than ever. More than 1,100 companies applied for this year's ranking, and those that rose to the top reveal the latest trends as well as the companies that continue to evolve to keep going strong year after year.


Entrepreneur's 2020 Top New Franchises ranking was determined using the company's Franchise 500 formula, which is a comprehensive evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. River Street Sweets • Savannah's Candy Kitchen's position on the ranking shows that it is already off to a strong start on its franchising journey. To view River Street Sweets • Savannah's Candy Kitchen in the full ranking, visit

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Second Harvest WSAV NewsSecond Harvest Donation for National Praline Day 2020

By: Jon Dowding // WSAV NOW Reporter


One of Savannah's most iconic businesses wants to make sure local children don't go hungry. River Street Sweets • Savannah's Candy Kitchen presented America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia with a check for $4,154.24 for Second Harvest's Kids Cafe program...

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SCI Donation Savannah's Business JournalSenior Citizens, Inc. Receives More Than $4,600 from River Street Sweets

By: Savannah Business Journal Staff Report


Senior Citizens, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for area seniors, recently received a $4,621 contribution from River Street Sweets to help fund its Meals on Wheels program. River Street Sweets donated $1 from every online order during the month of April....

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Candy Industry MagazineCountry's biggest praline producer looks to get bigger

By: Bernard Pacyniak // EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


There's nothing like a hot praline coming off a marble slab. It's the best dessert I've ever had in my life...

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CNBCs 11 hot franchises for the summer11 hot franchises for the summer...

CNBC's iCONIC.tour article

By: Daniel Bukszpan

Candy is popular all year, but during the school-free summertime...

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Savannahs BestSavannah's Best...

No one knows Savannah like Savannah Magazine’s readers… and for 16 years, they have chosen River Street Sweets as The Best Candy Store! This year, we've also been chosen as Best Chocolate in Savannah 2020.



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Wine Women and ShoesThe Ronald McDonald House

Wine, Women & Shoes events

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire hosted the third annual Wine, Women and Shoes event in Savannah, GA on April 7th, 2016. Our Pralines & Glazed Pecans helped make it a sweet evening for all!


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Caretta Research ProjectCaretta Research Project...

The Caretta Research Project is a hands on research, conservation and education project that has been protecting loggerhead sea turtles on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge since 1973.


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Cooking Channel Unwrapped 20"Unwrapped 2.0"

Alfonso Ribeiro and Unwrapped 2.0 go nuts for nuts! Tumbled in sugar, nestled in chocolate, whatever you do with nuts, it's hard to go wrong. Find out how one candy bar did active military duty in WWI, how the French Burnt Peanut gets its unique bumps and why there's nothing quite like a warm praline right off a marble slab...

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Savannah Business SpotlightSavannah Business Spotlight

Mayor’s Small Business Conference 2015. The Savannah City’s Small Business Expo highlights success stories, with an emphasis on sharing information and connecting.


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Savannah Economic Development AuthorityRetailer of the Year

Savannah Economic Development Authority, 2013 and 2014


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The Rachael Ray ShowThe Rachael Ray Show

Featured “Snack of the Day” on The Rachel Ray Show – our Bear Claws were chosen as “snack of the day”, September 17, 2009


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A Top Food FindA Top Food Find...

Our creamy Fudge was chosen as one of the Top 204 Food Finds of 2004 by Southern Living Magazine


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The First Lady's LuncheonThe First Lady’s Luncheon

May 15, 2013 ~ Washington, DC.

Our World Famous Pralines were chosen to represent Georgia at the 101st Annual First Lady's Luncheon in Washington, DC and were served to 2000 distinguished guests including First Lady Michelle Obama. Jennifer Strickland, attended this exclusive event held by the Congressional Club. We are so honored to have been a part of this! The luncheon theme was "Patriotism From The Front Porch," and focused on Georgia charm.


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South MagazineSouth Magazine...

River Street: A Feast for the Eyes

The vistas of Savannah’s River Street are one of the primary features that make it such a special place to visit. Check out South’s exclusive gallery for beautiful photos of the Riverfront and all it has to offer.


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Candy Making VideosCandy Making Videos...

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and watch the magic of candy making!


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Stirring up sweet successStirring up sweet success!

An Article on our 40th Anniversary and  grand opening of our Habersham Village location in Savannah


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Making life a little sweeterMaking life a little sweeter...

We are honored to be able to participate in numerous comunity events. Read more!


Meals on Wheels >

Beds for orphans in Guatemala >

Senior Citizens Inc >

Love Walk 2016 >

Bethesda Academy >

We are a caring family of families at River Street Sweets and we strive to help make life a little “sweeter” for those in need!

Helped make Easter and Christmas “sweet” for the Boys at Bethesda Home for Boys – April, 2011 - we donated 90 candy gift bags for the boys for their Easter baskets and December, 2010 – we donated 90 stockings filled with candy and fruit! We have continued to make this an annual event

Brought “sweet” smiles to over 800 senior citizens – December, 2010 and April, 2011; we donated 850 each of our World Famous Pralines and Milk Chocolate Bear Claws to help the Meals on Wheels program at Senior Citizens, Inc.  We work closely with this organization every year.

Susan G Komen – March, 2011; We like to think Pink and have donated cash and confections to help find a cure for cancer through the Susan G. Komen race.

Old Savannah City Mission – We delivered sweets for Thanksgiving dinner served at the mission in 2010 and 2011.

Donations throughout the year to these worthy causes: American Cancer Society, Help Save One of Our Own, Southeast Firefighters Burn Foundation, Park Plaza Outreach, Hospice, and several local schools in addition to the above mentioned causes.

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