We went to Sweeties Candy the other day. It's the largest candy store in Arizona.
It's actually more of a candy warehouse than a shop, it's huge.
(Sorry about the terrible pics, I was using my blackberry again...it has the worse camera on it in the world...but I'm hoping to do something about it in the near future).
"5,000 square feet of candy stacked to the ceiling and over 3,000 different candies".
As you can see, we were having a hard time deciding what to have, we were literally like kids in a candy store.
"Thought it was gone! Take a stroll down memory lane and bring back your favourite childhood memories. If your favourite candy is still being manufactured, chances are that Sweeties Candy has it".
Unfortunately, they didn't have my favourite pink shrimps (Woolworths Pick n' Mix I miss you so) but they did have Terrys Chocolate Oranges - well American stylee:
Florida Tropic Oranges - in orange, pina colada, key lime and raspberry flavours.
They do like to add their varieties the Americans, especially coffee flavours - one of the things I picked up straight away was a Java flavoured Twix. Yummy.
Then in my recent tradition of choosing something I have no idea what it is, I chose an Idaho Spud (here's a pic of what was inside, but they don't give you any indication of that on the wrapper as you can see, Mr Devyne thought I was mad and that it might be potato flavoured candy):
It's basically an elongated Tunnocks Snowball (you know the things you used to be able to buy in the UK that are marshmallow in the centre, covered in chocolate and then sprinkled with coconut).
It was ok, but I still miss my pink shrimps.
The rest of the family bought popping candy (our space dust), smarties (which aren't British smarties, they're the American equivalent of swizzels fizzers, except not particularly fizzy....more like fruit flavoured parma violets), root beer flavoured carbonated candy (a lot nicer than it sounds) and some red vines (very popular over here, it's sort of raspberry flavoured licorice).
We avoided the candy-covered scorpions, grubs and chocolate covered ants....ewww.
But I think we're going to have to go back again sometime, because there's still over 4,000 types of pick and mix that demand attention, all in the name of 'science' and 'exploration' you understand, I don't want you thinking we're doing this for our own good ;)
And I might also have to explore some of the British sweetie mail-order websites too.... I do miss my pink shrimps (I think I might have mentioned that before).