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(credit: Kate M./Yelp)

June is National Candy Month, so don’t miss your opportunity to run up and down aisles, stocking up on sugary sweets. Here is a list of some of the city’s best candy shops your dentist would prefer you never visit.
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(credit: JournalingLA.com)

Dylan’s Candy Bar
6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-1600

Originated and made famous in New York City, Dylan’s Candy Bar has been entertaining children and adults alike with its whimsical features and bright colors at The Grove since late 2012. This 1, 200-square-foot emporium is literally stocked to the rafters with thousands of candies and treats and will amaze you upon enterting. Architectural sweets have also been incorporated into the shop’s design and decor, lending an air of Willy Wonky-esque fantasy to the location. Vintage and hard-to-find candies, as well as jewelry, toys and gifts can be found here as well. If you need five pound chocolate bars, gummy chicken feet, Astro Pops or sour belts, Dylan’s is the place for you.

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(credit: Sweet XO)

Sweet XO
Multiple Locations

This multi-location store is a mix of candy bins, baked goods, frozen yogurt, frozen popcorn, unique beverages and an array of lifestyle and novelty gifts, which make it a perfect store to peruse once you’ve picked out your favorite candies. Fun Dip, Laffy Taffy, Nerds, Bacon Cotton Candy, Jawbreakers, giant lollipops, sour gum balls, and spicy gummies are just some of the many candies you can find to treat your sweet tooth.

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(credit: Jack’s Wholesale Candy)

Jack’s Wholesale Candy & Toy Company
777 Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 622-9287

Located in the heart of Downtown L.A., Jack’s Wholesale Candy & Toy Company is not just a store. Newly re-opened in a larger location, the new space is loaded with shelves of candies, including oversized marshmallow poles, gummy rings, licorice, tamarind-filled spoons, foot-long lollipops and more. It’s the perfect mix of American and Mexican candies and treats to really excite the kid in you. Because it is a wholesale shop, you reap the benefits of buying excessive amounts of sweets at a lower price. If you are planning a party, wedding or anything that requires a candy bar, Jack’s is your best bet.

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(credit: Sweet Hollywood)

6801 Hollywood Blvd #201
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-3111

In case you didn’t know, Hollywood Boulevard has its own behemoth candy store near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Selling specialty candies, chocolates, gifts, souvenirs and clothing in a variety of “boutiques” and sections throughout the store, Sweet! offers more than just candy. Upon visiting, make sure you check out the DIY Chocolate Bar where you can build your own personalized bar. What’s even cooler than that? Try visiting their very own candy version of Route 66, which is nod to American candies from past and present. Sample all the classics such as Hershey’s®, Jelly Belly®, and M&M’S®, or try the rare vintage Valomilk, Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews®, or Big Hunk® which will take you back to another era. If you love marshmallows, check out The Stay Puft boutique is for all the marshmallow lovers. Prepare to spend a long time going through all of the goodies as this store promises entertainment along with your sugar high.

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(credit: Powell’s Sweet Shoppe)

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
5282 East 2nd Street
Belmont Shore, CA 90803
(562) 434-6105

There are several Powell’s in Northern and Southern California, but there is only one in L.A. County. This terrific candy shop offers a host of sweets, even taking the time to note which ones are gluten-free, vegan and high fructose-free. In addition to candy, you’ll find a gelato bar and a variety of sodas. Perhaps Smurf gummies, Wax Lips, Chuckles, Sixlets and Choward’s Guava Candy will find their way into your bag. It may be hard to resist grabbing a bit of everything once you walk inside.

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(credit: Rocket Fizz)

Rocket Fizz
1067 Broxton Avenue
Westwood, CA 90024
(310) 208-4509

Located in the Westwood Village, Rocket Fizz is a retro candy and soda shop with cool sweets from yesteryear, as well as oddities you may never have expected to find. While there, make sure to explore a section dedicated to all things bacon–sweet and savory–plus international candies such as old school English Cadbury bars and Japanese green tea Kit Kats. If you’re thirsty, browse the many zany sodas that will either intrigue or confuse you. Buffalo Wing, Bacon, Havana Banana, Pumpkin Patch, and Sweet Corn are just some of the many flavors. Rocket Fizz also hosts parties for people who want to immerse themselves in sweetness.

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Chrystal Baker is a freelance food and events contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine and Frugivore Magazine. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere.