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Dulcelandia [Closed]

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Every year, the shop imports about 90,000 pi�atas. At a warehouse in Chicago, a team of Dulcelandia employees puts the delicate finishing touches on the star-shaped pi�atas that would otherwise get damaged in transport from Mexico to the U.S.

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The shop carries a mix of new candies the brothers discover every year at a Mexican candy convention as well as a traditional selection: guava jam, coconut rolls, peanut brittle and more.

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A back section features all the chocolate in the shop and a second mural honoring Mexico�s Mayan heritage. Rodriguez says he�s in the process of securing a new, larger space in Little Village that will double as a candy shop and museum, showcasing the history of Mexican candy.

Albany Park

If we’ve got any excuse to get a piñata, we head to this Mexican candy and party store chain to watch our kids' mouths drop open at the mind-boggling selection. It’s always a dilemma: Should they go for the decked-out princess or the mega-monster that’s waaaay bigger than they are? Once the big decision is made, we buy a couple of mega-sized bags of sweet and spicy imported sweets to fill it, then let the kids pick out a few extra treats for themselves. They especially love the ice-cream-flavored paletas (lollipops) and tropical fruit-flavored gummies. We like the bargain we get compared to the big party store chains. Other locations throughout the city and suburbs.

Venue name: Dulcelandia [Closed]
Contact:
Address: 3411 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago

Cross street: (between Kimball Ave and Bernard St)
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 10am–7pm; Sat 9am–7pm
Transport: Subway: Blue to Addison
Price: Average candy: $.50
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