We were driving down I-10 when we saw a billboard for Candyland Cottage and "world's largest gummy bear" in Rayne LA. We travel quite frequently to the area and had never heard of such a place. We resolved to go by the very next day.
We had pretty high expectations based on the online reviews. We went in expecting the candy shop for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory... we were not disappointed; It doesn't look like the movie shop, but it does have an impressive array of candies. The gummy bear weighs about 4.5 lbs and is the size of an infant. They had kinds of candy I didn't know were even still made: Wax Lips, Candy Dots, and more. We told our son he could pick one of any kind of candy he wanted and after going around the store 4 times, he told us he couldn't choose. They sell ice cream, homemade fudge, and a few other special treats. It's locally owned by some very nice people. They have some musuem type displays such as the history of the Candy Land game. I'd recommend eatling lunch before you go.