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The world's coolest candy stores

The world's coolest candy stores

Been searching for a golden ticket? Natarsha Brown reveals where in the world to go to get a real-life Willy Wonka experience.

Everybody loves candy, right? In addition to delivering taste sensations that belong in the sweetest of dreams, candy is known to spark contagious giggles and boundless energy. These out-of-this-world candy stores are the biggest, brightest and sweetest you can find.

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Where: New York City

The three floors of Dylan’s Candy Bar contain every kind of sweet under the sun and is an absolute must-visit in New York City. Created by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren, the shop is nothing less than a real-life incarnation of Willy Wonka’s factory with oversized lollipop trees, candy cane pillars and kaleidoscopic candy wallpaper. No wonder the flagship Upper East Side store receives more than 2.5 million visitors a year!

Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan's Candy Bar

Candylicious

Where: Singapore and Malaysia

With multiple locations across Singapore and Malaysia, Candylicious sells over 5000 different types of lollies. These include a dazzling array of offerings from household names such as Butlers, Hershey’s, M&M’s, Jelly Belly and Reese’s together with boutique brands only found in the region. The ceiling of the flagship store is adorned with giant hanging lollipops and the walls covered in quotes about… you guessed it, candy. There are over 300 different types of ‘pick and mix’ chocolate and gummies – not to mention the luscious lollipop trees.

Candylicious

Candylicious

M&M’s World New York

Where: New York City

Located in the iconic Times Square, here you will find two levels of M&M’s extravagance. Outfitted with bright splashes of colour that match the candy and an abundance of chocolate-filled treats, M&M’s World matches the vibrancy of the city it inhabits. Dotted around the store you will find the recognisable faces of the M&M’s crew including ‘Red’ and ‘Yellow’ in all forms: on shirts, figurines and coffee mugs. You can even create customised M&Ms with personalised messages or chose an ‘I love New York’ theme, that will be printed on the candy in-store.

“The shop is nothing less than a real-life incarnation of Willy Wonka’s factory”

M&M’s World New York

M&M’s World New York

Happy Pills

Where: Barcelona

The name itself explains it all: Happy Pills serves every kind of candy imaginable in medicine bottles and canisters. The store is set up in the style of a pharmacy and the containers are labelled with remedies – there’s one for lovesickness, a bad hair day and the ‘man flu’ – making a visit to this playful shop entertaining for all ages.

Happy Pills

Happy Pills

À la Mère de Famille

Where: Paris

The road to candy heaven is paved with chocolate – or at least that’s the motto at À la Mère de Famille. Operating since 1761, this corner store is the oldest confiserie in the city and now sells everything from French fruit jelly to homemade ice-cream and pastries. The lavish packaging on the candies – metal tins for caramels and satin bows for chocolate bars – and the Belle Époque type on the store front will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into 18th-century Paris in no time.

À la Mère de Famille

À la Mère de Famille

Honeydukes

Where: Orlando and Osaka

Always wanted to taste the candies of JK Rowling’s imagination? On every sorcerer’s travels to Hogsmeade a stop at Honeydukes is an absolute must! The shelves are lined with magical sweets including Acid Pops, exploding bonbons, Cauldron Cakes, Fizzing Whizzbees and Chocolate Frogs. Be sure to try Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, but look out for the earthworm and rotten egg flavours!

Honeydukes

Honeydukes

Sugarfina

Where: Los Angeles

“Why should kids have all the fun?” This was the question posed by Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick and the idea behind the ultimate candy store for grown-ups: Sugarfina. In the two years that followed the pair travelled the world to meet with artisan lolly makers and taste-tested thousands of candies (someone has to do it!) in their search for the best of the best. The chic boutique is filled to the brim with delicious, gourmet treats from maple bourbon caramels to champagne bubbles, atomic sours to peppermint milkshake malt balls… yum!

Sugarfina

Sugarfina

This article appeared in volume 51 of Holidays with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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