Sweet Things Are Made Of These – CandyTopia Pop-Up
“Sweet things are made of these, who am I to disagree? I travel the world and the seven seas, everybody’s looking for something.” (Eurythmics Sweet Dreams lyrics) Anyone else here an 80s fan? Anyone else here a sweets fan? We are! So when we traveled to California this past Spring, we made sure to stop by Santa Monica’s CandyTopia pop-up ‘cuz hey, who can resist the lure of candy? And if you’ve been following us on Instagram or this blog, you know we love a pop-up!
Similar to the Museum of Ice Cream, Candytopia takes people’s passion for a sweet treat and explodes it into a Willy Wonka style, wonderland filled with fun and discovery in every room. In other words, expect a lot of Instagram-able immersive experiences!
Get those cameras ready!
The first room, which looked like an old boy’s club library, is where you’ll meet your host, a lady who entertainingly describes the rules of this candyland. It is here where you’ll get your first glimpses of candy artwork, which really is pretty amazing if you look closely to admire. You’ll also get to sign their ginormous guestbook and sample a Lindt chocolate. The next room, was light, bright and reminiscent of the Disney Movie’s Frozen scene. Ice crystals hung above, a mirrored ice throne awaited and jellybeans disguised as famous works of art decorated this palace.
You can imagine my Frozen fan’s delight when she saw that she could play pretend in this glorious castle! Here we are sharing the throne, with her appropriately dressed in Elsa’s costume.
Each room had its own look and feel, sometimes transporting you to magical places, sometimes underwater,
It’s a wild and wacky world where candy eating is encouraged. Tasty samplings included candy bracelets, lollipops, and swizzle sticks. You’re sure to be on a sugar high!
Psychedelic spaces and ball pits are two of the common themes that run through most pop-ups (as presented in one of my past posts) and this one did not disappoint! Strangely enough, in LA, this pop-up had so few people running through it, we felt like we had the place to ourselves! That right there, may have been the real treat. Because as NY-ers, we are accustomed to waiting in lines for that Instagram-able shot. Here, we jumped in and found ourselves in an enormous pool of marshmallows all by ourselves! It was incredible!
This immersive Instagram heaven had colorful moments at every turn. But one of our favorites was the room with unicorns and flying, farting pigs. Yes, you heard me right..but no worries, these silly pigs blow confetti at you and poop our chocolate bars ha!
Jackie Sorkin, candy stylist, star of TLC’s Candy Queen and celebrity event planner describes Candytopia as a place where “an eccentric chocolatier and a daredevil pop star had a whirlwind romance, got married while skydiving, and had a glamorous, glittering love child who grew up to rule a small nation.”
Sound good? It was deliciously fun! And we are so thrilled to share the exciting news that Candytopia is traveling to our hometown, New York City August 15th at Penn Plaza! Tickets go on sale July 19th! Sign up here to get your personal alert to buy tickets! You heard it here first!
You won’t want to miss out on these “colossal candyfloss constructions!”
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What if an eccentric chocolatier and a daredevil pop star had a whirlwind romance, got married while skydiving, and had a glamorous, glittering love child who grew up to rule a small nation? Welcome to Candytopia, where colossal candyfloss constructions meld with a tantalizing taffy twistedness!
Explore our sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss, tastefully curated by Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin, realized by master fabricator Zac Hartog, and brought to life by life-long retailer, John Goodman. This four-month interactive art installation celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights across over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami. Bring your family, your friends, and your sweet tooth for an experience like none other!
If you ever dreamed of nibbling your way through Candyland or scoring a Golden Ticket, you’ve come to the right place. Treat yourself to Candytopia, and let your tastebuds and your imagination soar!