A Look Inside Candytopia In San Francisco; Interview With The Woman Behind This Sweet Exhibit
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!
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!”
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.
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.
So, go and experience this for yourself! You can purchase tickets here and drop me a line once you do! Have a sweet time!
FIY, this is a great place for a birthday celebration. I am planning something for a small group of Yana’s friends. I use Paperless Post for all my invites. They are simply the best for that kind of stuff.
Thank you for reading and keep styling,