Being a Toronto native, a huge part of my childhood was visiting various candy stores on what I would like to call “special weekends”. My folks have established a reward system for me and my siblings. What is the reward? Candy, of course!
There are numerous candy stores in Toronto, most of which are run by generations of families for decades. Easter has passed, but my sweet-tooth episodes are here to stay. I know many of you, the readers can relate to me when I mention my favorite ones. These candy stores are at the top of my list, but I’m constantly on the look for more, and it’s always exciting to see whether they have unique products to offer.
Fact: I love jellybeans. As a child, I would pour out the content of the bag and arrange the beans according to color. The color which has the most number of beans is where I would begin with my munching adventure. My ultimate source of jellybeans would have to be Sweet Thrills Roncesvalles Avenue. Anyone who has been here would agree that this store is any child’s (and child at heart) dream candy store. Even from a distance of a few meters, you will be delighted to see a display of balloons and board games at the window. Inside, there is a large portion of the wall with thousands of jelly beans.
Another favorite is John’s Candy Shack. With its brightly colored door and walls, it’s impossible to miss. And yes, Uncle John is a real person. For years, customers like come to this store for candy mixes, as well as imported candy packs and baked goods.
Last but not least, Yonge Street’s Sugar Mountain is in my list of favorites because it has the most number of Pez dispensers which I collect and give to my nieces and nephews. In my younger years, I went gaga over jawbreakers, and this is where my classmates and I used to go to buy our stash, as well as local and imported candies arranged in aisles.
These candy stores have defined my childhood, and are still a part of my habitual sugar rush episodes. I hope that my fellow Canadians share the same sentiments, and that future Toronto visitors will find these and other candy stores a surprising and memorable visit.