When you exit the 59th street subway station at 60th Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, you are immediately entranced by the alluring spectacular called Dylan's Candy Bar, which happens to be en route to my orthodontist. I decided to make a quick detour on my way home to savor the moment and capture a few images. Thank heavens for my iPhone which always comes in handy for my instant picture fixes. Although I'd only planned to "window shop," I couldn't resist the urge to go inside. It's just too darn beautiful and as soon as you enter, you are instantly transformed into the "kid in a candy store" no matter how old you might be. Dylan's Candy Bar was founded by Dylan Lauren, the daughter of Ralph Lauren so you know the entrepreneurial DNA is in action here. This candy mecca is said to be stocked with over 7000 candies from around the world, so you can understand why I couldn't just walk by. I had to come to a complete halt and just stare at the shelves and beautiful arrangements, all overflowing with unlimited sweets. It's quite ironic that both candy and chocolate were eliminated from my diet a few years ago (my teeth will thank me!). The sights and smells were enough, however, to satisfy my candy-deprived soul.
The above pictures show color coding in action. Are you kidding me? When there's color coding of sweets you know that there's something going on here.
When you're inside you'll notice that every element is artfully designed to make this a true candy paradise. The stairs pictured to the far left in the frame above are illuminated with candy artwork so it feels like you are walking on the "streets of candy."
Of course this would be an ideal place to bring your child if you are looking for a temporary respite or if you just want to satisfy your sweet tooth or "sugar rush." They also offer birthday packages which would be a dream come through for any adventurous child.
CANDY LOVER OR NOT, Dylan's Candy Bar offers unbelievable visual stimulation and will instantly activate your olfactory desires for the sweet taste and smells that reminds you of the joy of the amazing world of childhood.