Plan a Sweet Escape to Philly, Starting with Instagram’s Favorite Candy Museum!

The magical mobile candyland moves to Philadelphia on September 20. Come get your sugar fix. (Credit: @celaiwest)

There are three moments in adult life when you can go ham on candy without being called out:
1. Trick-or-treating (with your kids).
2. A night at the movies.
3. A visit to the Candytopia pop-up museum!

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Warning: Do Not Bite This Gummy Shark! The Candytopia aquarium is filled with candy-covered deep-sea divers and magical marine life. Credit: Candytopia

Part museum, part amusement park, Candytopia is the ultimate sugar- and selfie-lover’s happy place. Seriously, you can’t swing a Sour Belt without hitting a sweet Instagram moment: a shark covered in gummy sharks, tutu-wearing pigs that fart confetti 🐖💨, a rainbow hall of mirrors, and so much more. Oh, and all the free samples you can handle!

We’re so obsessed with Candytopia’s Marshmallow Pool that we just had to have our own for the Rockets of Awesome Pop-up Shop in NYC. And Candytopia generously made one just for us! Behold its epic awesomeness:

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Open now in NYC, the Rockets of Awesome Pop-up Shop has the most awesome kids’ clothes, a rainbow selfie swing – and the crazy-coolest Marshmallow Pool powered by Candytopia! Credit: Fomo Feed Kids

Candytopia, which first opened in Santa Monica, California in 2018, was dreamed up by candy stylist to the stars Jackie Sorkin, who has worked with Katy Perry, Oprah, and the Kardashians. Sorkin runs the show in collaboration with events and production design expert Zac Hartog, and retail veteran John Goodman. It’s become something of a celebrity playground, too; Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Drew Barrymore have all brought their kids to experience the candy-fueled fun! 

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@drewbarrymore clowns around with daughters Olive and Frankie.
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Each piece of art at Candytopia features a plaque with its stats: The Sphinx is covered in 22,000 pieces of candy and took 317 hours to create! Credit: Candytopia

Candytopia has opened in several locations, including Atlanta, San Francisco, and New York City. From September 20, the pop-up candy show comes to Philadelphia and moves into its new temporary home at Fashion District Philadelphia. Tickets for adults are $28, kids aged 4–12 are $20, and under-3s are free!

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The hall of mirrors – Team Rockets loves a rainbow ombré moment! 🌈 Credit: Candytopia

Plan a Weekend Adventure in Philly!

Traveling to Candytopia’s Philadelphia location with the family? Here’s what else to see, eat and shop while you’re in the city.

SEE

The Franklin Institute
A super-cool, sensory-friendly kids’ museum featuring a giant human heart you can walk through, a planetarium and an IMAX Theater.fi.edu

Please Touch Museum
Exactly as the name suggests, this spot is heaven for curious kids. Play in the indoor treehouse, see a recreation of Lady Liberty’s torch made from toys, and explore our favorite – the Rocket Room!pleasetouchmuseum.org

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Artist Isaiah Zagar’s mosaic-covered masterpiece is truly a must-see, made up of “handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirror, and international folk art.”phillymagicgardens.org

EAT & DRINK

Vintage
A cute wine bar and bistro boasting an impressive vino list – more than 60 by-the-glass (and the best french fries EVER). philly.thedrinknation.com

White Dog Cafe
Love dogs and brunch? You’ll selfie the heck out of its puppers-themed decor. The farm-to-table fare is fresh and simple enough for pint-size picky eaters – try the Churros Waffle and the Yogurt Parfait Brulee. 

MOM TIME

Heyday
The New Yorker’s skincare haven is opening a store in Philly in October! Stop by for a rejuvenating facial while the kids play… elsewhere.Heyday

Adresse
45 N 2nd Street
Splurge, or window-gaze at the likes of Lanvin, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Lela Rose – all lovingly handpicked by the owners. Don’t miss the gorgeous shoe section tucked away in back.Adresse

Candy Artist Robyn Blair Davidson is Living the Sweet Life

When you were little, you had big dreams about what you would be: a firefighter, ballerina, astronaut… Robyn Blair Davidson didn’t exactly grow up dreaming of life as a highly sought-after candy artist, but at 33, she’s managed to turn her longtime love of sugar into a successful business.

We first discovered Robyn’s candy-under-glass creations on Instagram, and just had to have a few of her magical pieces for our Rockets of Awesome Pop-up Shop in NYC. We love how freakin’ cool they look next to our clothes! 

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Handmade by Robyn, every work is one-of-a-kind (since no candy is ever placed exactly the same), and each meticulous placement and clever slogan comes straight from Robyn’s sugar-laced imagination. In addition to custom orders, she does brand work, too – for Hi-Chew, Harry Winston, and Saks Fifth Avenue, to name a few.

Need a cool gift for a candy-crazed loved one, or to add a colorful touch to your office or play room? Now you can snap up poster prints of Robyn’s art through her exclusive partnership with Dormify.

We talked to Robyn about her start in curated confectionary, the first piece she ever made, and what the future tastes like…

Robyn Blair Davidson.

How did you get started making candy art?

I actually had no intention of going into candy art full-time! I was sitting in my living room in 2018 staring at a bowl of candy on my table. I was beginning to care about my environment and making my space a reflection of who I am, so it hit me that I wanted to put candy on the wall. I’ve always thought that candy packaging is an art in itself.                                                                        

When my closest friends and family saw the first piece I made, they asked if I could make a piece for them, too. I posted a collection on Instagram, and everything took off from there. I started getting custom orders fast and, with my background in marketing and branding, I quickly turned it into a full-time business.

What inspired the super-cute slogans?

I kept thinking about the correlation between the candy I eat and what else makes my life sweet. “Life Is Sweet” and “Sugar High” fit the mold of more fun and quirky sayings, and I realized that all my phrases are about how candy makes me feel. 

Do you still have the first-ever piece you made, and where do you keep it?

For my first piece, “In Case of Emergency, Break Glass,” I filled a custom-designed acrylic plexiglass case with Dubble Bubble gum and printed the title of the work in hot pink block lettering. I designed the exterior case to be one-and-a-half inches thick so that it had depth but also was thin enough to hang on a wall as fine art. I still have it! It’s hanging in my new apartment. 

You work with all the classics – but do clients ever request rare candy?

Yes! All the time. And I love going to Economy Candy on the Lower East Side. They have everything! 

How long does it take to create a single piece?

It all depends, with our custom pieces taking the longest, of course – around 6 to 8 weeks. We have candy dishes out now on the website, if you need to get your fix and just can’t wait. Cell phone cases with @offmycase will be available for purchase in the beginning of September, too! 

Check out Robyn’s latest candy creations on Instagram (@byrobynblair) and shop the artworks or order custom pieces at byrobynblair.com