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This L.A.-based interactive candy experience from TLC’s 'Candy Queen' will feature colorful installations and edible treats

Abbey White
November 20, 2017

The star of TLC’s The Candy Queen is launching a new pop-up that’s a world of pure imagination sure to give guests a sugar rush.

Described as an interactive candy experience, Candytopia carefully combines the aura of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Candyland to give visitors a sweet and colorful adventure through several candy-inspired installations. If you are lucky enough to get a ticket inside the space, you’ll have the chance to traverse through more than a dozen environments featuring various interactive art installations, including flying unicorn pigs and a marshmallow tsunami.

This “sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss,” was curated by The Hollywood Candy Girls Inc. CEO and star of The Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin and physically realized by master fabricator Zac Hartog. Clearly inspired by Sorkin’s personal love for candy appreciation, Candytopia is “an entirely new, sugary world of awesomeness” according to the candy stylist.

Sorkin confirmed that many of the eye-popping installations and environments were created using thousands of different pieces of candy. But just like the Museum of Ice Cream, that doesn’t mean everything in this sweet spot is edible. Instead, you are encouraged to taste and sample different kinds of candy available along your trip through the pop-up. Ticket holders should expect to see sweets of the sour, gummy, chocolate, and nostalgic variety, Sorkin tells Los Angeles Magazine, but there will also be food trucks on-site for attendees to help prevent you from entering a sugar coma.

If you're interested in bringing some of the pop-up home with you, Smashmallow is giving each ticket holder something sweet on their way out. As the sponsor of the exhibit's "Marshmallow Tsunami," the artisan marshmallow brand is offering Candytopia guests their very own bag of Smashmallow goods, which come in seven flavors, including Mint Chocolate Chip, Root Beer Float, and Strawberries and Cream.

“Now more than ever, who doesn’t need an escape from reality? Candytopia is about unconventional fun, breaking a rule or two, and having a fantastically yummy time,” Sorkin told Los Angeles Magazine.

The three month long pop-up opens its doors on December 15 at L.A. Hangar Studios' special warehouse and studio space, but opening weekend is officially sold out. So it sounds like candy fans might want to grab tickets, ($30 for adults, $23 for kids ages four to 12) for the rest of the Candytopia run while they still can.