Candytopia is now open at the Mall of America with $28 tickets for adults and the eyebrow-raising $20 tickets for kids. The photo-op that sugar built arrives in Bloomington after turns in Santa Monica, San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta. Located near the second floor entrance on the West side of the mall, the experience begins by walking through a gated entrance into room upon room of candy-celebrating and candy-built rooms. One room features a giant dragon, trippy clocks and another is a jungle scene with a swinging blue monkey made out of shallacked gummy bears and other candies. Each room is staffed by eager workers, each offering to take pictures, facilitate pictures, or help download an app to deliver pictures of optical illusions.
The ridiculousness is the work of Jackie Sorkin (who runs a candy-themed Los Angels events company and stars in TLC’s Candy Queen!), CEO John Goodman, and production designer Zac Hartog.
There are pig butts that loudly fart giant amounts of confetti, an ode to art (and Prince), and all culminates in a massive ball crawl pit of fake marshmallows. It takes literal tons of candy