Actor and La La Land star Ryan Gosling got it right when he said, “The one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.” And you can do just that at these top candy destinations around the globe.
Top Candy Destinations Around the World
Fortunately for him and other fans of the sugar rush, the world has some very sweet spots for those with decadent indulgence at the top of their travel list.
Buffalo, New York: Top Sponge Candy Destination
It may be famous for Buffalo chicken wings, but its lesser-known claim to fame is as the “sponge candy capital of the world.” Wrapped in milk, dark, or orange-infused chocolate, they come in cool variations like peanut butter, peppermint, coffee, and Kahlua. Head to top shops like Alethea’s, Fowler’s, Antoinette’s Sweets, and Watson’s.
Zurich, Switzerland: Chocolate Rules
How crazy are the Swiss about their chocolate? Between Zurich-based giant confectionary producer Lindt (open for public tours and tastings) and the artisanal chocaletiers on every corner, it’s no surprise that each Zurich citizen gobbles almost 20 pounds worth of chocolate each year.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Home to One of the World’s Best Candy Shops
Indecisive candy lovers may feel overwhelmed with 500 candy varieties at Candylicious. Located at the Dubai Mall, the 10,000 square-foot store’s aisles are jammed with excited children and patient parents.
Nuremberg, Germany: Where Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Meet
The city has been dominated by gingerbread for over 600 years. And because of Nuremberg’s location along historical spice routes, these delicious confections were kicked up with cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Nibble your way through the best versions throughout the city’s guided tours.
Hershey, Pennsylvania: Cuckoo for Cocoa
If the town’s name doesn’t give away what the local obsession is, then maybe the Hershey’s Kisses-shaped streetlights confirm that this is chocolate central. Learn the chocolate-making process via an interactive ride and create your own chocolate bar with the ingredients of your choice at Hershey’s Chocolate World, a top candy destination in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Copenhagen, Denmark: Chews to Choose From
Danes are the most prolific candy eaters on the planet, consuming an average of 36 pounds annually. Find out what fuels their candy crushes by visiting one of the best candy shops in Copenhagen, Soemod’s, which has been making their natural, preservative-free creations the same way since 1891; or Karamelleriet, where handmade caramels have a starring role.
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Michele Sponagle is a prolific lifestyle journalist who has visited more than 70 countries. Her work has appeared in major media outlets, such as Good Housekeeping, ELLE, Washington Post, iExplore.com, Paste Magazine, SheKnows.com, The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, and others. Follow her on Instagram @Michele_Sponagle and Twitter @Msponagle.