Dylan’s Candy Bar
This is considered to be the biggest candy store in the world, situated at 1011, Third Avenue and 60th St. New York. It is no accident that Dylan’s Candy Bar was the idea of the daughter of the undoubted star of New York fashion, Ralph Lauren. Dylan Lauren, class of ’74 and proclaimed Top 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers, opened the candy store, in the role of president, in 2001. But the idea of a candy empire began a lot earlier, on her fifth birthday in fact when she saw for the first time the Mel Stewart film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. And her shop is nothing less than the successful interpretation of that, with pop-art installations such as a tree covered with lollipops, shelves groaning with chocolate, the traditional candy canes for pillars and wallpaper depicting a kaleidoscope of sweets. The cherry on the cake; the aroma of caramel and lots of songs, all about “candy” of course.
If you go into one of the Spanish sweet shops called Happy Pills, you will know that “you are not just buying sweets, but the desire for happiness”. Here at Happy Pills in fact children can have fun buying sweets as if they were in a real chemist shop. From a small emergency pack containing all kinds of sweets, including gluten-free, to a bottle of your favourite gummy bears. Sweet remedies, prescribed by the doctor for “every day ills”.
Once upon a time there were two Swedish sisters who shared a great passion for sweets. As they grew up their home slowly became a battlefield where they would play at throwing their favourite sweets at each other. One day they made peace with a box of chocolates and that was the moment they decided they would open, a few years later, their sweet paradise, a magical place in the heart of London, full of temptations and in which all who enter can still feel just like a child. That was the birth of Sugar Sin.
The Candy Room
At 1/155 Queen St. in Melbourne, there is a sweet shop that seems to have been drawn by a child. Black lines on the white walls depict a traditional kitchen, stools, a bookcase, pictures illustrating stylised children and so on… An ad hoc design by Red Design Group, to let the youngest immerse themselves in a fun, two dimensional world.
À la Mère de Famille
The oldest chocolate shop in Paris is in Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre. Founded in 1761, today À la Mère de Famille is a shop where you will find sweets from every corner of France, pastries, home-made ice cream as well as the traditional chocolate, a total of over 1,200 items. This shop has had a top reputation since the Belle Époque when the entrepreneur Georges Lecoeur established it as a haunt for the Parisian élite and made it particularly famous for the production of excellent butter biscuits, which would become the first mass produced biscuits in France.