San Francisco’s Candytopia, A Sugar Lover’s Sweet Celebration

Doubly delicious is the world when everywhere we turn there is candy around us.

Does that include eye candy?

Of course it does.

Whenever someone mentions movies about candy they think of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. That’s all well and good but we like movies about candy with eye candy.

Based upon that you have to love the film Jawbreaker.

The eye candy is colorful and delicious. writer, TriStar pictures photo credit

Jawbreaker is a 1999 American comedy written and directed by Darren Stein. The film stars Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, and Julie Benz as girls in an exclusive clique in their high school.

The film was inspired by the film Heathers, and is often compared to it, particularly the plot involving a popular female clique, and the ostensibly accidental killing of one of its members.

The storyline goes On the morning of her 17th birthday, high-school senior Liz Purr (Charlotte Ayana), the most popular girl in Reagan High, is kidnapped in her bed by three masked assailants, one of whom stuffs a jawbreaker into her mouth as a gag before she is placed in the trunk of a car. writer, TriStar pictures photo credit

Well, if you’re going to go, at least go with a jawbreaker in your mouth.

But you know what? We expect more. A jawbreaker, sweet though it may be, is a lot of work and perhaps a little pedestrian. We want to think big. Sweetie big.

California is known around the world for having some of the biggest thinkers.

Check out Sugarfina. writer, photo credit

Founded in Beverly Hills, Sugarfina is a luxury confections boutique with the finest candies from artisans all over the world, packaged beautifully with love.

If you love fancy and unique candy, you should check out Sugarfina’s site. It is a lot of fun.

Please bring money though.

They sell 24-karat- gold-dusted, Dom Pérignon-infused gummy bears for $100 for a 14.1 ounce box.

We’re now going to head up north to San Francisco. We always do. We think you’re going to love what you see.

It feels like sweet utopian love with a vivid imagination. Its perfectly call Candytopia.

Some choices in life are just so easy to make.

Would you rather run with the bulls in Spain or the Chicago Bull’s cheerleaders?

Enough said.

Now think about standing upright like you are on a diving board, only turned backwards and you are about to flop into a pool of water or one filled with marshmallows?

If you have an eternal sweet tooth the answer is easy and if you live in or plan on visiting San Francisco in the near future, that dream can become a reality.

“I used to live on one candy bar a day - it cost a nickel. I always remember the candy bar was called Payday. That was my payday. And that candy bar tasted so good, at night I would take one bite, and it was so beautiful.”… Charles Bukowski

A leader in the San Francisco Bay Area news and information business, smiles, “Sugar lovers, now is your time to celebrate! Candytopia, the hit immersive experience of all things candy is opening in San Francisco on Thursday. Willy Wonka, eat your heart out.

In the same vein as other "museum" experiences such as the Museum of Ice Cream, Candytopia is the latest selfie and Instagram hotspot to be brought to the Bay Area.” writer, photo credit

Talk about fun. You can walk through exhibition halls featuring sculptures and artwork made up of thousands of pieces of candy. In the gallery there is a 14,000 piece Steve Jobs and a replica of the Warriors' Championship trophies made entirely of sour belt candies painted gold.

Candytopia has a lot to add as well. “What if Willy Wonka and Katy Perry had a whirlwind romance, got married while skydiving, and had a glamourous, 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 and realized by master fabricator Zac Hartog. This three-month pop-up event celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights through a series of interactive art installations in 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 taste buds and your imagination soar!”

Isn’t that sweet. We think so. writer, photo credit

The creator of this sugar paradise is Jackie Sorkin, the official "Candy Queen" and candy artist to stars like Katy Perry and the Kardashians.

She is loved worldwide.

The entertainment industry site shares, “She is well-known for creating clever social events, imaginative corporate functions and world renowned candy art & sculptures for clients including: Oprah Winfrey, Disney, American Idol, Katy Perry, Girl  Scouts of America, Warner Bros and many others. She has been featured on a variety of television shows including - Good Morning America, Univision & MTV, TLC & Discovery International. Her work has been featured in the The Los Angeles Times, BizBash, Candy Industry Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter and Special Events Magazine. Her Motto is: Life is short, make it sweet & fun!

So what can you expect to enjoy for your ticket?

We receive enlightenment from “A ticket gets you access to more than a dozen themed rooms and a variety of candy samples, including "sours and gummies, chocolate treats, nostalgic favorites, and many sweet surprises," a press release stipulates.”

The Candytopia philosophy may sound familiar because it is.

In the last two or so years, pop up museums have appeared in cities across the nation for limited engagements. San Francisco has hosted the Color Factory and the Museum of Ice Cream, whose limited-run engagement has lasted for almost a year now.

We are smelling the sweet aroma of success.

Jawbreakers are simplistic compared to this sugary jaw dropping fun.

What will they think of next? Keep visiting San Francisco. There are a lot of people who think big there and outside of the candy box.

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OPENING PHOTO photo credit 


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