10 Destinations to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Need a sugar rush? Channel your inner Willy Wonka and jet away to these candy lover’s travel destinations. Chocolate, ice cream and a travelogue of confectionary are waiting to greet your taste buds.
1. Dylan’s Candy Bar, New York City, New York
Dylan Lauren, daughter of fashion designer, Ralph Lauren, is the queen of all things sweet, and sugary. Her flagship store located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side offers an overwhelming selection of retro confectionary, a whimsical candy café, and treat-inspired clothing and accessories. Adults can satisfy their thirst in the Candy Bar, a unique cocktail lounge that serves drinks featuring old-school candy favourites – Pop Rocks, candyfloss, and Nerds.
(Photo courtesy of Dylan’s Candy Bar)
2. Jean Philippe Patisserie, Las Vegas, Nevada
Think all chocolate fountains are created equal? Think again! The Jean Philippe Patisserie in Las Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest chocolate fountain. This 27-foot glass marvel circulates close to 2 tons of dark, milk, and white melted chocolate right before your eyes. The sight of cascading chocolate will stir up your appetite for the delicious gourmet specialties created daily by award winning Executive Pastry Chef, Jean Philippe Maury, and his staff of 80 bakers: decadent truffles, chocolate bars, cookies, macaroons and cakes. Be sure to try Jean Philippe’s ‘Ultimate Cookies’ – the recipe that won the 2002 World Pastry Championship.
(Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International)
3. Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, San Francisco, California
Hot fudge sundae devotees, the ultimate ice cream parlour experience is waiting for you at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. The name Ghirardelli is synonymous with premium chocolate, and at their flagship store in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square, visitors are in for a treat. Their World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae is a showstopper. Two scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream topped with Ghirardelli’s homemade hot fudge, whipped cream, crunchy chopped almonds, and the requisite cherry – it’s to die for. Portions are large, and perfect for sharing.
(Photo by James Hall Photography, courtesy of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company)
4. Cadbury World, Bournville, Birmingham, England
Chocolate nirvana is within reach at Cadbury World. Your voyage of discovery starts with a trip into Cadbury’s rich history. Learn the secrets behind the creation of Cadbury’s creamy milk chocolate, get the scoop on their memorable advertising campaigns, and explore the Purple Planet, an interactive candy land where you can magically see yourself made of chocolate, and chase Cadbury Crème Eggs. At the end of your journey, satisfy your cravings in the world’s largest Cadbury shop – the perfect place for a mouth-watering souvenir. Admission for adults is £14.30, children £10.40, and kids under 3 are free.
(Photo courtesy www.cadbury.co.uk)
5. Jacques Torres Chocolate, New York City, New York
Unleash your senses at Jacques Torres Chocolate. Upon entering this Soho shop, you’re greeted by the welcoming aroma of freshly created chocolate, cookies, and candy. At Jacques Torres’ Hudson Street location, the store is the factory. Feast your eyes upon melt-in-your-mouth chocolates floating along the vintage conveyor belt. Taste one of his many delicacies – chocolate drizzled caramel popcorn, thick hot chocolate, ice cream sandwiches, and gourmet chocolate bars.
350 Hudson Street, New York City.
(Photo courtesy of Jacques Torres)
6. Jelly Belly Factory Tour, Fairfield, California
Did you know that it takes over a week to create a single Jelly Belly bean? Uncover many bean-shaped secrets at Jelly Belly’s California headquarters. The 40-minute factory walking tour goes behind-the-scenes for an up close look – and taste – of Jelly Belly’s world famous flavours including strawberry cheesecake, buttered popcorn, green apple, and caramel corn. Still curious? Delve deeper into the candy making process by enrolling for the day in Jelly Belly University, and receive a degree in Beanology®. Admission is free.
(Photo courtesy of the Jelly Belly Candy Company).
7. The Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory, Broc-Gruyere, Switzerland
Switzerland’s long love affair with chocolate began back in 1819 when François-Louis Cailler discovered a recipe during a visit to Italy. From humble Swiss beginnings, the Cailler brand has grown into a worldwide sensation. Today, chocoholics can revel in their passion at Maison Cailler. Learn about chocolate’s history, try your hand on the Cailler production line, and taste freshly made treats. And if you desire an even more interactive experience, book a reservation in the Maison’s Atelier du Chocolat – a chocolatier will help you create pralines, and other Cailler delicacies. Admission is 10 Swiss Francs. Children under 16 are free.
(Photo courtesy Nestlé S.A.)
8. Chicago Chocolate Tour, Chicago, Illinois
If chocolate is your addiction, Chicago is your kind of town. The home to over 100 chocolate manufacturers, and shops, the Windy City boasts a $40 chocolate walking tour that lets you explore Chicago with your taste buds. Visit bakeries, cafés and shops – sampling delicious treats along the way. Learn about the history of chocolate with fellow connoisseurs who share your guilty pleasure.
(Photo courtesy of Chicago Chocolate Tours)
9. Museum of PEZ Memorabilia, Burlingame, California
Pez candy, and dispensers never go out of style. The pop culture favourite has a long, sweet history that’s celebrated at the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia. The San Francisco area collection displays an example of every Pez candy dispenser sold since the ’50s – that’s over 800 items. View the World’s Largest Pez Dispensing Machine, purchase new and vintage dispensers, and rediscover the fruity rectangular-shaped candy. Admission to the Pez museum is just $3 for adults, $1 for kids, and free for children under three.
(Photo courtesy of the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia).
10. Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hershey, Pennsylvania
When you’re the largest chocolate manufacturer in the United States, it’s not surprising that you bill yourself as ‘the sweetest place on earth.’ Hershey’s Chocolate World is a dream destination for chocoholics. Take the free Great American chocolate tour, create your own Hershey’s candy bar, and indulge in a chocolate tasting adventure. Visitors can also try their hand in the factory packaging Hershey’s Kisses, have their photo printed on a chocolate bar wrapper, and experience Hershey’s tasty history in their 3D theatre.
(Photo courtesy of The Hershey Company)