New York: from Sweet to Silly to Sublime at Candytopia

If there’s one thing I am a complete and total sucker for, it’s a good Instagram-friendly pop-up. And, living in New York, there are really no shortage of them to be found. Enter: Candytopia. Billed as a “deliciously immersive and outrageously interactive candy wonderland,” Candytopia is essentially a series of rooms with various creations molded out of … you guessed it, candy! One Saturday last fall, my friend and I checked it out.

It began with a holding room, where we waited to be let into the exhibit. The room was filled with sculptures made entirely of candy, which were cool but also … kind of a little creepy?

The next room was a riot of brightly painted walls, and also included one very large (and impressive) dragon sculpture…

And then in the next room, we found ourselves face to face with the candy version of Katy Perry…

And shortly after that, we walked through a neon tunnel and entered a room filled with edible (I presume) artwork. I really loved these – I thought The Scream in particular looked super cool rendered in candy…

Then it was on to a display of some world landmarks…

Followed shortly thereafter by some creatures of the sea…

And a room filled with unicorns and pigs where we were sprinkled with confetti from a confetti gun…

And it all culminated with a gigantic marshmallow ball pit, where I embraced my inner child again while also trying not to think too hard about all the other people who had rolled around the marshmallow pit before me…

And that was Candytopia! It had some things I felt were genuinely works of art (like the famous paintings made of candy) and others that were decidedly more on the ridiculous side. It might not be the most cultural of ways to pass the time in New York, but it definitely was fun in its own silly way.


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