LA's top candy store options
Inspired by the Scandanavian candy-centric culture, Sockerbit is the place to go when looking for sweets that attract the mouth and eyes. The shop's name, which translates to "sugar cube," is the namesake for one of their headliners, a white cubed marshmallow. From imported (mostly Swedish) to domestic candies, choices vary from banana chips covered in Swedish chocolate to sour gummies with a creamy peach interior. If you're of the rare black licorice-loving types, try the coconut-covered or rasberry-filled variety, all sold by the pound.
Tucked in the ever bustling Mitsuwa Market Place, a little jewel of a place sells Japanese sweets. Since 1903, this tiny bakery has been making mochi, chewy rice cakes, and other baked delights neatly lined against the walls and in glass display cabinets (talk about edible art!). Don't miss the ever-popular mochi and petit gaufres—thin, crispy cookies filled with rich cream.
Part old-fashioned candy shop infused with some new age treats, this confectionery mecca located in the Glendale Galleria has everything for every craving. Split into different sections, there is a gummy and hard candy room dedicated to those with a persistent jaw, a chocolate room and an international cove featuring imported candy. When you're done browsing the other candy-centric areas, check out the soda fountain and relax with a shake or hand-mixed soda made to order.
Get lost in aisles stocked with more than 550 varieties of craft beer and vintage soda—including Coca-Cola that’s truly made in Mexico (not just bottled there) with cane sugar (not high-fructose corn syrup)—from old-fashioned cream sodas to ginger beer made with real ginger oil. Just browsing the bins of hard-to-find retro candy evokes delicious childhood memories (sans stomach aches and sticky fingers). Choose from hard-to-find vintage candy bars such as the Abba-Zaba, Chunky, Rocky Road and Hershey’s bars in nostalgic packaging.
On the surface it is a peppermint candy-colored, minimalist shop. But even more simple is their goal: pure candy. Owner Vanessa Hughes and her family have made it possible to feel better about eating enormous amounts of candy and giving it to kids. This candy shop, with its newest location in Santa Monica, offers treats for the allergy sensitive, vegan, gluten-free, kosher and all natural ingredient fiends. Indulge in the guilt-free pleasure while eating a handful of swedish fish without Red No. 40 or dairyless "milk" chocolate bites.
Looking to buy in bulk? This gigantic candy store began as a simple cart in the 1930s, and is now one of the largest (and cheapest) spots to satisfy your sweet tooth in L.A. The wholesale prices here are outrageous—you can stock up here for Halloween, birthday piñata stuffing, presents, party favors or just a cheap sweet treat. Jack's has everything, and displays it all in giant quantities, so you'll be shopping among flats and flats of candy. You can shop by era, size or color, and will be hard-pressed to think of a candy Jack's doesn't stock.
Picture rows and rows of wooden barrels filled to the brim with candy. With salt water taffy, to be more specific. Boasting more than 50 flavors of taffy, from chilli mango to maple bacon, it's hard to not find one you don't like even if you aren't a fan. The store also features international finds, chocolates, licorice and sour treats.
Not only does this all-inclusive shop offer candy but also a selection of wine, nut mixes and dried fruit are available for those with a more savory palate. Their chocolate coated pretzels covered with different colored sprinkles can be perfect for a sweet and salty craving. Gift baskets, or shalach manos, a traditional gift most often given during the Jewish holiday Purim, are also offered at this Kosher candy store.
Prepare to be launched back in time at Rocket Fizz. The selection of retro candy (think every flavor of Pop Rocks imaginable and saltwater taffy) and gag gifts (whoopie cushion, anyone?) brings up long lost memories of your childhood. But their specialty is of the more fizzy kind. With over a thousand bottled soda pops, there is something for those who prefer the classic cola or something a bit more daring, such as a ranch dressing flavor. The colorful space is covered in candy, organized by theme (international imported candy, gummies, and chocolates—just to name a few). For those with killer sweet tooths, this is a must-stop shop, and you could even host your birthday party at the candy store.
Sugarfina, a modern day Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory-esque candy boutique, opened its first storefront in Beverly Hills. Adults and children alike delight in more than 140 candies from around the world (50+ never before sold in the States). You won’t find any oompa loompas here, but indulge in the signature turquoise (think: Tiffany & Co. of candy) bento box ($30-$50) or partake in a gourmet candy sampling at their tasting bar ($15-$40). Exotic candies abound from chocolate covered marti almonds and chocolate covered bacon pretzels to chili ginger hearts afire gummies and matcha green tea caramels, which all come in three sizes: petite (3.25 oz, $5), medium (8 oz, $9) and large (16 oz, $16.50). If your sweet tooth can’t resist, take home a 5-pound bag for a whopping $65. Just keep in mind that the candies could get a little pricy (there is even a $200 candy tasting).
Once you walk past the cheesy mannequins clad in feather boas (it is located at Universal Citywalk) and register the hot pink aesthetic of the shop, countless rows of clear plastic containers crammed with vibrant multicolored confections make it impossible to look at one place. But even more shocking than the selection of classic sweets is the section of the store dedicated solely to oversized candy. You'll find a chocolate covered fortune cookie of jumbo proportions and a Rice Krispies Treat that could feed a family of six, or one person to finish over a month or so.
Dylan Lauren's super candy store in New York (it's now expanded to East Hampton, Houston and soon-to-launch Miami) has landed on the West Coast at the Original Farmers Market. Kids, tourists and sugar fiends alike can stock up on all things sweet and colored at L.A.'s new candy mecca. Browse the shelves stocked full of nostalgic and holiday-themes candies along with fill-your-own-bag bins of chocolates, gummies, crèmes and hard candies.
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