Sweet thrills is one of Toronto's best stores for candy and much more.
First opened in 1998, it's stocked to the rafters with games, toys, cards, balloons, and of course, pretty much every kind of candy imaginable, including imported, retro and novelty varieties.
The space is long and narrow, but there's no inch of it that isn't crammed with something sweet.
Entry is afforded via a ramp, and lots of low shelves are easy for tiny hands to access.
You're immediately greeted by the store's crown jewel, its section of British products.
Here you'll find everything from teas and Jaffa cakes to Branston pickle, Colman's mustard, golden syrup, treacle, Terry's Chocolate Orange and Hobnobs.
Shelves of Cadbury products from multiple kinds of Dairy Milk bars to Galaxy bars, Buttons, Flake, Twirl, Curly Wurly and Wispa are essentially a section of their own.
The store's bulk section is also a standout, stocked with around 60 kinds of candy, from more common M&Ms and candy corn to rarer items like carrot cake Hershey's Kisses and peanut butter covered peanuts.
Bulk bin pricing is colour coded: $1.69/100g for items marked with yellow stickers, $2.19/100g for green, $2.69/100g for red.
Around this section you'll also find a ton of packaged imported gummy candy, including over a dozen kinds of Haribo as well as brands like Vidal and Gustaf's.
Dutch brand Gustaf's is known for their licorice, stocked in this section along with Australian licorice and freeze-dried astronaut ice cream sandwiches.
On a centre shelf you'll find your classic boxed candies, like Dots, Swedish Fish, Gobstoppers and less common Cookie Dough Bites and Bottle Caps.
Hundreds of games are literally stocked floor to ceiling, to the level where it's almost overwhelming, but they're broken up into helpful categories like word games, two player games, new arrivals and adult games.
Personally Incorrect ($29.99), for example, is an adult question and answer party game where the objective seems to be to come up with the most inappropriate answers.
Dozens of varieties of balloons vary widely in style and price, but if you're looking for an exclusive, local, luxury option, opt for balloons from Sugargirlee (around $12.99 - $14.99) filled with different colours of confetti.
Quirky cards for $5.95 are made by local company Mythical Matters.
Other novelty items include neon lights ($69.99 - $79.99) and LED marquee lightboxes ($19.99 - $69.99).
The range of toys here is as exhaustive as everything else, with options for every age from plushies to complex puzzles and crafts.
Sweet Thrills has a basement space for parties, workshops, clubs and activities, and also does candy baskets and event candy bars.