Someone has left a sour taste in the mouth of the owner of Minnesota's Largest Candy Store.

The big yellow building along Hwy. 169 south of Jordan took a punch under cover of darkness early Sunday by a vehicle, the store's operators are disclosing on Facebook, complete with a series of photos showing the damage and assurances that it's still open for business.

Its staff is keeping its spirits up, noting on Facebook that "we're happy to say that everyone is ok. But what about the chocolate!? Well, come in and see for yourself! 80% of the chocolate table was untouched!"

The State Patrol, which is investigating the after-hours crash that dented the seasonal business, said the incident occurred about 1 a.m., when one of two vehicles that collided also hit the store.

The driver of the car that struck the building was taken to St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee via ambulance.

The patrol had said people involved were injured but did not say how many or how severe. Emergency dispatch audio moments after the crash disclosed that the injuries were minor.

The patrol also has yet to disclose whether the motorists involved stuck around for their just deserts or skedaddled.

The store's hangar-like building, slathered with yellow paint and filled with quirky sweets like bacon-flavored soda and jalapeño cotton candy, is a can't miss attention grabber along the highway that leads Twin Citians down Mankato way and to other points south and west.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482