Candytopia Is A Wonderland Of Sweet Treats

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Even if an art museum featuring portraits of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe is not your idea of fun, you may want to give Candytopia a chance. That’s because, in this museum, everything is made from candy! The best part? There is no need to find a “Golden Ticket” to gain admission to this real-life Willy Wonka world that is making its way around the US — tickets can be purchased online, or in-person at the venue.

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Currently on display at New York City’s Penn Plaza, the “interactive art installation” is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, host of TLC’s Candy Queen. The television star, who partnered with fabricator Zac Hartog and retailer John Goodman to make her vision a reality, is also the CEO of Hollywood Candy Girls, Inc., which makes custom candy art and creations for parties and events. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Sorkin said, "Candytopia was really created for the people's happiness. We just wanted to bring light to the world. My whole world is all sweet candy and love and joy. So, it’s a tremendous dream to be living this experience and sharing it with everyone.”

Unicorn sculpture (Photo Credit: Candytopia, Evan Link via 510 families.com)

The temporary exhibit, which debuted in Santa Monica, California on December 15, 2017, comprises 12 rooms. In addition to the portrait gallery, which also features Van Gogh’s Starry Night, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and Willy Wonka portrayed by Gene Wilder, guests will get a glimpse of life under the oceans, complete with colorful fish, crustaceans, sharks, and even a diver — all crafted from delicious candy, of course! Then there are the animal sculptures, which include a fierce-looking big cat crafted using lime and purple hard candy, pigs with wings, and a colorful unicorn. For the intellectuals in the group, there is a delicious replica of Auguste Rodin’s famous bronze sculpture, “The Thinker.”

Marshmallow pit ( Photo Credit: Candytopia, Evan Link via 510 families.com)

Those not content with just admiring the candy can immerse themselves in a pool of fluffy, white marshmallows. However, don’t get tempted to pop one in your mouth, for though they may look and feel like the soft, gooey candy, they are fake. The museum is also filled with unique, picture-worthy opportunities, such as a steampunk-esque clock that lowers from the ceiling to reveal a spread of Lindt chocolates and a room with the floor painted like the sky, giving an illusion that you are floating amid clouds. There's also a sprinkle gun, which an employee holds and sprays over guests, creating a fun photo opportunity.

Unlike at other museums, Candytopia fans are free to touch and feel their favorite paintings or sculptures. And, while unlikely, don’t fret if a piece or two pop out — Sorkin and her team are experts at repairing the candy art. While Sorkin will not reveal the base used for the surreal exhibits, she says many of them took over a thousand hours to create.

Photo Credit: Candytopia via Instagram

Realizing that the mouth-watering exhibits will have fans craving for the sweet treats, free samples of candy such as pixie sticks, cotton candy taffy, and chocolate truffles, are handed out in every room. There is also a massive room filled with bulk bins featuring all the candy used in the artwork, available, for purchase, at the end of the tour.

The New York exhibit of the interactive museum will remain open till November 15, 2018. West Coast residents can get their sweet cravings fulfilled at the San Francisco Candytopia which will be open from September 6 to November 30, 2018. Other cities are expected to be added to the schedule soon.

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1027 Comments
  • kkdelaya
    kkdelayaMonday, March 8, 2021 at 6:47 pm
    That is cool but a bit creepy. I.might think twice before going.🤔
    • avaflava
      avaflavaWednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:01 am
      This is so cool I really want to go now!🤯😭
      • ashley111
        ashley111Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:01 pm
        This is so cute now that a saw this article I asked my parents if I can go there and they said yes.
        • mazerunner08
          mazerunner08Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:14 am
          Wow! Lucky!
          • charlotte31
            charlotte31Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 3:28 pm
            They said yes!?
          • pusheenicorn
            pusheenicornSunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:24 pm
            Ahhh that's so cool!!! Yummy yum yum YUM!!🍬🍬
            • ashley111
              ashley111Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:01 pm
              You should go there because I went there
            • thesmessywriter
              thesmessywriterSunday, February 7, 2021 at 3:11 pm
              i want candy now it looks sooooooo good. YUMMERS!!!
              • gfvdbjzbx
                gfvdbjzbxMonday, February 1, 2021 at 4:42 pm
                OMG I love it❤❤❤
                • fallen_blossom
                  fallen_blossomWednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:46 am
                  This is soo cool! To bad I just saw it now I would have gone there 😥😂🤭
                  • starrysunshine
                    starrysunshineWednesday, January 20, 2021 at 9:24 am
                    This is legit amazing. I wish I can go there!
                    • unipug2
                      unipug2Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 2:16 pm
                      What kind of museum is made of candy?
                      • unipug2
                        unipug2Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:22 pm
                        Maybe a good one.
                      • claire_bear7
                        claire_bear7Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:55 pm
                        YUM!!! XD