The other day I was talking about candy on Joel's blog and that, along with Halloween approaching, got me all excited for candy and I just really wanted some candy. So i did what anyone would and should do: Visit Dylan's Candy Bar.
(p.s. i stole these off of Google)
It is a magical candy land that is similar to the candy shop i visited in Atlantic City last year, but I'd say it's probably better. It feels like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and has any kind of candy you could ever dream of.
There's the bulk candy lover's heaven (which is me) and they have classic candies, and nostalgic candies for the older folk, new candies, and weird candies:
Here's the bulk.
The candy shop has two floors. Upstairs is the bulk candy and downstairs is the fudge shop and things like chocolate covered potato chips, and also the more classic candies and candybars, etc etc.
Being there makes me immensely joyful. It will bring back the kid in you, but since i am largely a kid anyway, there I just feel at home. I went a little crazy with my purchases. I bought a bag of gummies (my fave), a bag of sour gummies, a chocolate bag, and a bag of suckers and other hard candy. I took some lame pictures of my goods, to show to you and analyze. Here's an assortment of my gummies. Sean says this picture looks gross, like a display of insect specimens. Ha ha. It totally does. I wish i'd stuck a pin in everything.
Here is what you see:
gummy mummy-- actually i think it's just a skeleton but i wanted to rhyme.
gummy penguins (peach-flavored. random)
pineapple-flavored gummy bears
i love halloween!
Here's my sour gummy pic:
sour peaches, large and small
sour CANDY CORN! hello, it was awesome... looking. Tasted like filth, which is what candy corn tastes like anyway. I got it for the novelty of it & to celebrate Halloween. Aren't they great? Giant, gummy sour candy corn. I was pleased (and yet repulsed) to discover they actually taste like candy corn. Also: the center is that weird creamy gummy texture. It was interesting, and complex, and gross. But if you like candy corn, you would probably love these. I wish I did, but I just don't.
I also saw 4 bins, each holding different-colored candy corn, each of a different flavor. Sorry I didn't get a pic. It was quite a sight. Purple, green, red candy corn...
Inside my chocolate bag:
chocolate-covered oreo (excellent)
crispy crunchy chocolate clusters (i had no idea what they were, but i was intrigued)
marshmallow log things
The chocolate selection was limited for me just because I strictly go dark chocolate these days but man, had I known those ugly chocolate cluster crumbles of crap (by the look of them) were as good as they are, I would have purchased THREE POUNDS of it. Seriously. I may even need to go back. It was difficult to identify the exact flavor. It could have been toffee'ish but it tasted more like cereal. I'm thinking it was chocolate-covered Golden Graham clusters but I am not 100%.
I got these for Old Man Sean. Candy filled with juice is never ok. But they are pretty in their wrapper.
Who doesn't love a dum dum.
Lastly, I gasped when I saw these. Smartie suckers!
I can't remember exactly the original association I have with these suckers. Is it from an early Halloween? Elementary school parties? The candy drop during the Highland Fling festivities in my home town? I don't know, but I'm pretty sure these suckers are my very first memory.
Dylan's Candy Bar is absolutely one of my happy places. Even though the store is ALWAYS packed to the gills with visitors and candy lovers of all shapes and sizes, when I am there, it is like the candy and I are the only two people in the room.
Being there makes me want to buy all of the candy, carry it up in a hot air balloon, and have a giant candy-drop for the whole wide world.