While I was home in Oregon last weekend, I had the chance to visit Candy Babel! The owner, Amani (pictured above), was so sweet and fun! What makes her store so unique is that she carries candy from around the world with a rotating selection. How delightful! What I loved most about her cute shop is that she doesn’t spend any money on marketing, but instead raises money for local schools. How cool is that? I not only scooped up the unique bulk candy, but also took home some Lil Miss Marshmallows (made locally in Portland) and yummy peach cotton candy! I will definitely be making another visit when I go back home next!
While in NYC this past week, I had the chance to visit the ultimate candy store for grownups and sweetest new addition to the city – Sugarfina! Let me tell you… I have never been to a candy store like it! I visited the Time Warner Center location (they have a couple in NYC and larger ones around the country) and was in heaven when I walked in.
Sugarfina gives you truly a unique experience compared to other candy stores. Catered to adults, little boxes of the finest candies from around the world line the walls and bento boxes of different sizes are stacked and ready to be filled with the candies of your choice (I had the HARDEST time choosing just three for my bento box! I have a list of others I want to go back and try). My favorite part about Sugarfina was not only the presentation of the store, but the candy itself is of the highest quality from different places around the world and tastes unreal! I had a very hard time convincing myself to taste it because the candy is almost too pretty to eat… but once I did I couldn’t stop.
Another thing I love about Sugarfina is that on every little box of candy is a description of where it came from and what is it. They are all so unique! Read more about my three favorites…
Confetti Dolci (Imported from Italy) – These shimmery, ethereal sugar discs will transport you straight into a Renoir painting. Invented in the late 1800’s by a visionary Italian candymaker, these delicate little sweets infuse Impressionist Era Paris into old world Italian technique. Almost too pretty to eat, each tiny morsel sparkles in the light, then melts on your tongue in flavors of peach, vanilla, violet, banana, anisette, and rose water.
A Sugarfina exclusive
Aphrodite Strawberry (Imported from Greece) – Candied Greek strawberries are dipped in sumptuous milk chocolate, then dressed in a speckled sugar shell. These exotic treats are named after the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, who, according to Greek myth, created the strawberry when she wept heart-shaped tears of sadness for her love, Adonis.
Heavenly Sours (Made in the U.S.) – One bite of these sweet & sour gummies will have you seeing stars… and suns, moons and clouds. Made with real fruit juice, these wonderful little sours are sanded with sweet and tart sugar crystals, for a taste that’s totally out of this world. Not too sour, not too sweet… just perfect.
If you are ever near a Sugarfina location, I HIGHLY recommend stopping in! And if you aren’t ever close, you can always order online. Every candy in the boutique is packaged to perfection, making the perfect gift for a friend or treat for yourself!
*Thank you to Sugarfina for sponsoring this post!