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A Look Inside Candytopia In San Francisco; Interview With The Woman Behind This Sweet Exhibit

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It’s time to check your sweet tooth! First it was the Museum of Ice Cream and now, Candytopia is opening its doors to the public in San Francisco today, September 6th, 2018.

My daughter and I, visited the exhibit a few days ago. We spent a whole three hours nibbling our way through rooms of candied fun. From a life size hammerhead shark made from gummy bears, jelly beans and rock candy, to a unicorn pig shooting confetti from its behind, to a swim able marshmallow pit; this interactive, instagrammable exhibit will have your senses jumping for joy.

Yana’s favorite exhibit was the marshmallow pit, while I leaned towards the unicorn pig blowing confetti out of its unmentionable!

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Candytopia

Check out the snaps of the fun that awaits you and read up on an interview with the creator behind this sweet idea, Jackie Sorkin.

Tell me about the idea behind Candytopia?

“I am known as the Candy Queen. It was my dream to bring my candy Artistry to the US. I started doing this in Taiwan and China seven years ago. They loved it so much, I did a TV show named “Candy Queen”. It was so well received, that I launched these exhibits, there first. Later I got together with the right partners and fast-forward 1.5 years my dreams came true and Candytopia is now taking over US.”

“Right now with the climate of our world, people need things that make them happy. Candytopia is just that. It is a place for a sensory overload for everyone alike. The message here is through sweetness.  The reason I picked candy, is everyone loves candy, gummies, chocolate no one is mad at it. Candytopia is a place to make everyone happy.”

Where do you find the artists to put the pieces together?

“I started this artistry myself, now the brand and the company has grown where I have the most amazing team of artists, they are my family.  Its hundreds and thousands of pieces of candy that go into each piece. It’s a special type of personality who can do it. We go crazy with it. It’s a really incredible process plus for me it’s a type of innovation.  I tell my artists you’re visionaries who are allowing people to see beauty threw candy.”

I’m a California girl, this is a California-based company and is giving me goosebumps to see my dreams come true.”

1st exhibit was in LA, then NY now SF, where to next for Candytopia?

“In under a year we launched in these three amazing cities and sold out in each one.  We think that Candytopiawill be a global brand. There is already talks internationally. We want to be all across the U.S. We want to hit everyone, this isn’t just for big cities, I want to touch everyone, middle America, Minnesota you name it. Everyone needs to be part of this sweet and happy fun.”

You are right across from The Museum Of Ice-cream, what do you say about that?

“We hear the word Pop-Up a lot these days. I love what Museum Of Ice Cream is doing in their space, but I think we created a new line of entertainment in the world. I get when they call it a Pop-Up as you are temporary, but for us we call it a mini-theme park. This is a place for all ages. Disney is one of our biggest clients in LA, they gave me one of my first chances 8-9 years ago. I take notes of what Walt Disney did creating magic for all ages. I do not look at this as competition. We created our own concept and there is room for everyone to succeed and be amazing. I love what they do and think we do things different. Candy does not melt baby!”

Jackie Sorkin, The Candy Queen

She is such a personality to interview and get to know for a brief time. What an incredible addition to San Francisco’s must-do list. Thank you Jackie and Candytopia for coming to our city with such a sweet idea.

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If you are a “perfect-photo-seeking-junkie” like myself, wear something white to stand out in the photos or something brightly colored to match the fun.

Another tip is to bring a bag that fits all the treats you get handed along the way, but make sure it is easy to carry. You will need the extra set of hands to take those awesome pictures.

So, go and experience this for yourself! You can purchase tickets here and drop me a line once you do! Have a sweet time!

Thank you for reading and keep styling,

Olia

I am wearing a vintage dress, vintage escada belt, dior booties and a vintage chain bag.

Yana is wearing dress and booties from Nordstrom, this leather jacket.

OIia Kedik

22 Discussion to this post

  1. Andy says:

    SWEET PIECE

  2. Nicole says:

    THis looks like so much fun!! I’ve seen other photos of these exhibits and I’m so jealous!

  3. Ally says:

    Wow, does this look like a fun place to be! I would love to have the opportunity go here – looks like a great place to bring kids!

  4. Amanda says:

    What a fun exhibit! Candytopia sounds like a place that the kids and I would love! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Devyani Ray says:

    I always wondered if these pop up museums are worth the hype. Museum of ice cream was a dud! Thanks for sharing.

  6. This is so sweet. No pun intended. Looks like fun.

  7. Talya says:

    This place looks like so much fun! My kids would love it (who am I kidding…I would love it!!) Hope to get the opportunity to visit one day!

  8. What fun!! I didn’t know places like this exist, but it would sure make me want to eat candy all day long. Kids would have a blast here. 🙂

  9. I heard about the museum of ice cream which would have been such a lot of fun. But Candytopia on top of that?!? I can hardly believe it. I think they would have such a lot of fun with it.

  10. Candytopia looks so cool! My kids would have a blast going through and looking at all the exhibits. I can’t believe the art is made from candy. So cool looking!!

  11. Joanna says:

    I would love, love, love to visit Candytopia! I was jealous that I don’t live in the States when the Ice Cream Museum opened, now I am even more envious that I can’t visit this myself. It looks like so much fun!

  12. Debby says:

    Goodness, this looks like fun! My adult daughter recently went to the Ice Cream Museum and fell in love. Amazing photos just like yours. I cannot believe how creative people have to be in order to make these events.

  13. swathi says:

    Looks like great place to visit, my kids will go crazy seeing this, I would like to make ice cream museum though. Supporting local business is always important.

  14. Christine says:

    What a great and eccentric exhibit! Love the colors and the imagination behind some of the pieces. Great tips too!

  15. Jeff says:

    Is it open do the public or do I need a golden ticket?

  16. Christine says:

    I admit to having a sweet tooth and loving visiting places like Candytopia! Love the pictures too!

  17. Mommy Sigrid says:

    This looks amazing and you look good! And I agree, I love that marshmallow pit! My kids would love it here!

  18. Marshmellow pit for me too please..no matter the age hhahaha loved it!

  19. Jelena says:

    Great idea to visit something like Candytopia! Who does not like sweets? Looks like the two of you had a nice and fun time together.

  20. Great post! I have never been to candytopia but want to go. The dates in my area sold out really quickly. I loved the Museum of Ice Cream though, it was so much fun.

  21. Astrid says:

    Looks like fun places to visit. Loved the pictures. The amount of time that must go into this is incredible. They should create a healthy foods museum and we’ll all be happy 😀 . Thanks for sharing your experience.

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