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The Best Candy Stores in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / March 10, 2014

Candy TorontoThe best candy stores in Toronto are replete with childhood memories. Who doesn't remember holding coins in a small, sweaty palm, eyes traveling back and forth over the brightly coloured little gems, trying to decide on which of those candies to spend that hard earned dough? The only differences in the memory may be generational or cultural -- older folks yearn for humbugs and chicken bones, British colonialists miss Flakes, Yorkies, or wine gums, while those from warmer climates might miss sweets flavoured with tamarind or chiles.

I came from the era of Big League Chews, Bubble Tape, Garbage Pail Kids, Fun Dips, Goodies, Punkys, Nerds, Fireballs, Ring Pops and Dinasour eggs -- all of which I ate an unfathomable amount. Sometimes you just couldn't stop yourself. Everyone either loved or hated Thrills, a gum invented in and unique to Canada. While marketed as 'rosewater' flavoured, anyone who's taken the dare and chewed the stuff knows it tastes exactly like soap.

Whatever your candy experience, the many Toronto sweet shops offer just such trips down memory lane, to the celebration of your tongue and the detriment of your teeth.

Here are the best candy stores in Toronto.

See also

The Best Bulk Food Stores in Toronto
The Best Cookies in Toronto
The Best Chocolate in Toronto

The Candy Bar

The Candy Bar

When Paola Giavedoni opened The Candy Bar last spring, she just wanted to bring a touch of sweetness to the neighbourhood. With three price points for the bulk candy and a wide selection of chocolate, imported sweets, and drinks, it turned out to be a mecca for anyone wanting to indulge in life's little pleasures. More »

Johnvince foods

Johnvince foods

Huge bulk emporium Johnvince Foods in North York had a Planter’s Peanut factory attached, so you can get a big variety of mixed nuts along with the anything you can imagine in quantity (jube jubes, gummies, sour candy, M&M’s). It’s like your childhood Bulk Barn on steroids. More »

Sugar Mountain

Sugar Mountain

If it's choice you want, head to a Sugar Mountain (there are three in Toronto). They’ve got all the international stuff (American, UK and Mexican treats) plus a wide range of jelly bellys, bulk, and some sugar free stuff. Quickly you’ll find yourself singing I want to live on. Well, you know the rest. More »

The Nutty Chocolatier

The Nutty Chocolatier

The Beaches are home to the only Toronto location of cottager favourite The Nutty Chocolatier, otherwise you'll be trekking all the way up to North Bay or Huntsville to get a fix of their truffles, barks, fudge and Belgian chocolates. They’ve got old-fashioned candy and ice cream too. More »

Sweet Thrills

Sweet Thrills

Open since 1988, Sweet Thrills on Roncesvalles sells the combination of bulk candy and board games, winning the hearts of children all through the neighbourhood. Parents have reason to be happy too, with British treats and old-fashioned favourites. More »

Uncle John’s Candy Shack

Uncle John’s Candy Shack

Mom and Pop business Uncle John’s Candy Shack on Mount Pleasant is a delight for sweets and treats. They have over 300 types, particularly British delicacies like Curly Wurly’s, Flakes, and Buttons. More »

Sweet Temptations

Sweet Temptations

Business folks traveling along the PATH can take a slew of goodies back to the office when they hit Sweet Temptations. For a tiny store, they have a good bulk section, plus nostalgic favourites like Fun Dip, Pop Rocks, wine gums, Necco wafers, and Pez. More »

Bulk Mine

Bulk Mine

Bulk Mine on Yonge has been open serving bulk candy, chocolate bars, UK and Australian imports, all with a smile since 1998. Besides the bevy of edible sweets, there are healthier nuts and dried fruit, or you can also get figurines, retro lunch boxes, and toys. More »

Discussion

8 Comments

The Candy Bar / March 10, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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Thanks for all the Votes and Thank You BlogTO!!
Ron / March 10, 2014 at 07:22 pm
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Without naming Casa Acoreana in Kensington that list lost all credibility, sorry!
CANDYMANCAN / March 10, 2014 at 07:50 pm
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I LOVE CAAAAANNNDDYYYYY
trixie / March 11, 2014 at 05:27 am
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The best candy store in Toronto is Sugar Mountain! I love to suck on lollipops!! Mmmmmmmm.....
trixie / March 11, 2014 at 05:30 am
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Bahh! Off to work! I wish I was sucking a lollipop instead.
Adam / March 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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Just visited The Candy Bar for the first time, and I must say, I was very impressed! It's a lovingly curated and laid-out little shop filled with all sorts of tasty treats! I stocked up on single origin chocolate bars from Vietnam, Dutch licorice, and an assortment of English bonbons. Who know how long these will last me... I'll be back soon! Congrats!
Liz / May 11, 2014 at 05:01 pm
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Unfortunately the Kandy Shoppe in the Annex has closed :(
James Marsh / July 16, 2014 at 05:38 am
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thanks for sharing but i love to buy Chocolate Candy Bars from thecandylandstore.com

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