The Best Candy Stores in Toronto
The 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.
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »