Be a Kid Again with these Nostalgic Treats in Metro Vancouver - WestCoastFood

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You might have passed your trick-or-treating prime, but that doesn’t mean your sweet tooth should be neglected! Amid the stresses of adulting, nothing catapults us back to simpler times than tasty treats that evoke fond memories of our youth. So, next time you’re faced with a hard day, head to one of these seven candy emporiums and treat yourself to your favourite childhood delight. Happy Halloween!

Charlie’s Chocolate Factory

3746 Canada Way, Burnaby

Owned and operated by the infamous Charlie and his family, this chocolate emporium’s flagship is located in Burnaby, with a satellite store in Port Coquitlam. The main store boasts a magical chocolate river that would make Willy Wonka proud, as well as chocolate fountain rentals, seasonal goodies and legacy candies like twist suckers, caramel apples, conversation hearts and more.

 

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Burnaby Village Ice Cream Parlour

6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Visiting the 1920s-themed Burnaby Village Museum is like stepping into the past – an excellent way to leave reality behind for an afternoon. If you’re like us, you’ll head straight for the refreshingly old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlour, whose satisfyingly familiar flavours (strawberry! chocolate! bubblegum!) can be enjoyed by the scoop, or in frothy floats and milkshakes.

During summer months, you can even make your own ice cream. | Image by Michele Mateus

Granville Island Licorice Parlour

1550 Anderson Street, Vancouver

Featuring 90 different varieties of local and imported licorice, as well as bonbons and other addictive sweets, this ode to classic candy invites visitors to taste before they buy. Previously situated in the Granville Island Kids’ Market, the store can now be found directly behind the Public Market. The original Licorice Parlour shop – a retro space that sells candy like an apothecary sells healing herbs – is located on Commercial Drive.

 

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Sticky’s Candy and Bakery

20464 Fraser Hwy, Langley City

This tempting temple to sweet and sticky pleasures carries hundreds of tried-and-true indulgences, including handmade fudge and old-fashioned ice cream, as well as internationally sourced treats. If you visit on Halloween, you’ll find spine-chilling goodies like Buzzsaw and Pumpkin pops, gummy eyeballs, and blood energy potions.

Into Chocolate Candy & Confections

180-9220 Glover Road, Fort Langley

Owned by Delaine and Doug Willms, who firmly believe candy is tied to life’s fondest memories, this friendly confectionery is stocked with chocolates and candies sourced from around the world. If you’re lucky, you might catch Delaine crafting chocolate onsite (she’s a designated professional chocolatier), or witness Doug making fudge. In addition to sampling the duo’s homemade treats, you can fill your bag with penny-candy favourites like saltwater taffy, sponge toffee, peanut brittle, whirly pops and jawbreakers.

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Candyland

3710-4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

True to its name, this candy palace situated in Aberdeen Centre features a dazzling array of more than 1,500 treats, many sourced from China, Korea and Japan (Pocky, anyone?). If you can’t make it to the shop, the online retail store is crammed with colourfully exotic fare guaranteed to give you a sugar high.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Multiple locations

Follow your nose to the nearest Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to restock your candy drawer – with more than 55 shops coast-to-cast, you’ll have no trouble sniffing one out. Committed to helping everyone recapture that thrilling “kid in a candy store” feeling, the shop invites visitors to watch the fascinating fudge-making process; peek into copper pots filled with bubbling caramel; and browse a memory-inducing array of chocolate clusters, buttery hard toffee, caramel apples with toppings galore, and other amusements that will satisfy your soul.

 

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