The idiosyncrasies don’t stop with the flatulent pigs. You can dive into a ginormous pit filled with more than a half a million foam marshmallows, take a spin on the rotating Trolli platform or swim in a chocolate river using green screen technology.
As you take the hour-long journey collecting free candy samples along the way, you’ll even learn about many of the creations. There are signs that reveal the number of hours and amount of candy that went into making the artwork.
“There’s so much joy and wonderment here,” Sorkin raved. “Your only job here is to eat some candy and have the time of your life.”
The limited-run event, created by Sorkin, retail veteran John Goodman and production design expert Zac Hartog, debuted in Santa Monica in 2017. It’s since traveled to San Francisco and New York City. Atlanta is the fourth stop.
“Buckhead and the whole Atlanta area is great,” said Goodman, who hired about 130 hosts and performers to help entertain and guide visitors as they navigate the space. “There’s just a lot of energy and passion here with the music, art and everything else, so coming here was a no-brainer.”
While the photogenic pop-up shop includes popular attractions from previous locations, you’ll find some fun elements unique to Georgia, and they’re all made of candy of course. For instance, you’ll spot a huge peach, a wall that pays tribute to Ray Charles, an illustration of a few cast members from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and some other sweet treats in the gift shop.
“We really wanted to create things that make people happy,” Sorkin explained. “We’re in the happiness business. It’s the best business to be in.”
“We want people to step away from the universe for an hour,” Goodman added. “Imagine a place where you can’t stop smiling. That’s the magic of it.”
So grab your cameras and your sweet tooth. Candytopia will be in Atlanta for four months.
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10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 2. $28 for adults, $20 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and under. Lenox Marketplace, 3535 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. 100, Atlanta. 1-888-718-4253, candytopia.com/atlanta.
Candytopia by the numbers
4 locations nationwide
12 rooms with candy-made art installations
20 for dollars kids and 28 bucks for adults
130 employees in Atlanta
515,000 visitors, including Drew Barrymore, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Kevin Durant, Wiz Khalifa, across all four sites
700,000 free candy samples given away per month per location
Millions of pieces of candy