The Real Sweet Tooth’s Paradise

There is always a time in our life as adults that we feel like kids, or at least want to be kids again. And because we couldn’t turn back time that easily, we succumb to the easiest way to solve our dilemma… eat candy. Ahhh candy, it’s what fairy tales and dreams and sweet nothings are made of! Its sweetness is instant happiness, its texture is comfort food that’s made affordable and its flavors are instant pick-me-uppers to a dreary day. Everyone love candies! And we’re pretty sure everyone will love a sweet, pretty candy emporium in Riyadh that doesn’t only satisfy a simple candy craving… it satisfies all the sweet cravings we’ll ever have. Come join us as we tour Candylawa, cosidered to be the world’s largest integrated candy store!

Welcome to Candylawa!

Welcome to Candylawa!

Candylawa's own product range.

Candylawa’s own product range.

Cute, colorful products

Cute, colorful products

There was a boom of candy stores in Riyadh for quite some time now and seriously, we couldn’t even differentiate one from the other anymore but entering Candylawa and getting to know its different sections made us realize that hey, here’s a place that doesn’t only offer candies and chocolates but so, so, so much more! As they say in their tagline, Candylawa (a combination of the words “candy” and “halawa”), goes beyond sweetness. I wondered what that meant. But just looking at their well-thought and well-decorated but playful, mind-boggling store, I immediately knew why.

This two-level store (yes, it has a second floor) is filled with colorful treats and merchandise from wall to wall and shelf-to-shelf and every space your eyes can see. I can barely stay put in one area. I wanted to unwrap every product there is or even just those that were new to me (and there were many) but I couldn’t because every shelf catches my eye; even the pillars of cartoon-like designs appealed to me (also there’s a guard nearby haha). This is one place the brings immediate happiness and I was hooked. So pardon me if this post is bombarded with pictures. There’s just so many things to capture and every inch of that store is selfie-worthy!

A kids' (and adults) wonderland.

A kids’ (and adults) wonderland.

Proud of being a "sweet" lady

Proud to be a “sweet” lady

The first floor welcomes with an array of candies and chocolates imported and sourced outside Saudi Arabia, also displayed are different Candylawa merchandise that are the company’s own.

View of a corner in the first floor from the escalator.

View of a corner in the first floor from the escalator.

A corner was delegated for the very much loved M&M’s. They don’t only have the “melt in your mouth not in your hands” chocolates but they also have original M&M’s merchandise from shirts to tumblers to mugs to stuffed toys to onesies for babies (really, really, cute!).

For the M&M fanatic. Red, orange, green, blue or yellow?

For the M&M’s fan. Red, orange, green, blue or yellow?

Wear your favorite candy!

Wear your favorite candy!

M&M is a childhood favorite.

M&M’s emojis!

This one certainly doesn't melt in your mouth, haha!

This one certainly doesn’t melt in your mouth!

While the first level already caught my attention, it was when I went up the escalator to the second floor that I was truly amazed. Again, which direction should I have gone first? I quickly realized that there was no right direction, the store comes full circle and given enough time, I unraveled all of Candylawa’s sections.

No doubt, Candylawa is the candy authority in Riyadh!

No doubt, Candylawa is the candy authority in Riyadh!

Welcome to the second floor!

Welcome to the second floor!

Familiar brands

Familiar brands: Kitkat, Nestle, and Milka

Candies or cookies? Hmn.

Candies or cookies? Hmn.

Chocolates grow in mushrooms too! :P

Candies grow in mushrooms too! 😛

The candy section is a given but I was still awed by the sheer amount of candies and jelly beans and chocolate pellets on the walls. Its a smorgasbord of flavors and shapes and picking can be a chore but the more the merrier right?

Jelly beans LOVE!

Jelly beans LOVE!

Colorful, attention-grabbing graphics and displays make candy shopping much more fun!

Colorful, attention-grabbing graphics and displays make candy shopping much more fun!

And jelly bean containers! You're the only one missing.

Jelly bean containers! You’re the only one missing.

“Pick and mix” candy

“Pick and mix” candy in acrylic containers

Candylawa carefully picks their chocolates and candies from around the globe. It was truly hard to get just one bar and be done with it. Well considering the Candylawa people have more brands and kinds to choose from all over the world, choosing in just one candy store should be easy peasy for us right?!

Definitely this one!

Definitely this one!

Nah, this one!

Nah, this one!

Sure about that? How about some mallows?

Sure about that? How about some mallows?

Ow c'mon, you know you want some Nerds!

Ow c’mon, you know you want some Nerds!

Nah, you're probably interested in the non-edibles right?

Nah, you’re probably interested in the non-edibles right?

Wait, there’s more. Candylawa is just not a celebration of candies… it’s a celebration of art, sweets and creativity that’s why they have other sections, NINE to be exact. It’s a one-stop shop for everything sugar and everything nice! A sweet tooth junkie like me has found her fix.

1. Cakelawa

eeeny meeny miney mooo! I want all of you!

eeeny meeny miney mooo! I want all of you!

Cupcakes? Customized cakes? Gourmet chocolates? Yup, you name it they have it! Their baked goods are great for any occasion. Just look at this Kingdom Tower cake:

Please get us a Kingdom Tower cake on our next anniv! Haha!

Please get us a Kingdom Tower cake on our next anniv! Haha!

2. Lollilawa

Swirls of candy, in whatever color and combination you want!

Swirls of candy, in whatever color and combination you want!

Raise your hand if you want to grab them all!

Raise your hand if you want to grab them all!

Character lollies... imagine biting off Tweety Bird's head! Haha!

Character lollies… imagine biting off Olaf’s head! Haha!

Just off to the side of Cakelawa is the Lollilawa section. It’s the home of sugar art and homemade sugar candies. Their rock candies can be customized to suit events that require giveaways or souvenirs. Someday, we wish for a Pink Tarha candy, haha!

Rock candies

Rock candies in different designs

Customize it for souvenirs and giveaways or corporate events.

Customize it for souvenirs and giveaways for parties and corporate events.

It’s also the first time that I saw really huge candies that can probably be an alternative for cake in a party. I’ve been wondering if I’ll ever have the heart to break this kind of candy and eat it. Maybe I can just display it! Haha! What do you think?

I will not consider breaking that into pieces.

I will not consider breaking that into pieces.

I stayed around for a few minutes and had the chance to see the ‘candymen’ make a fresh batch of candy. It wasn’t an easy task but it was mesmerizing.

The start of the candy process. See, this is how they "color" the candy.

The start of the candy process. See, this is how they “color” the candy.

And how they separate them.

And how they separate them.

3. Mellolawa

Pik and fluffy!

Pik and fluffy!

Near the candymaking counter is the Mellolawa section where yes, you guessed it right… marshmallows are made. It’s not just simple marshmallows that they make here. They create gourmet marshmallows that are flavored to enhance the taste. We tried the red velvet and indeed, the soft mallow tasted like red velvet!

Cubes of goodness

Cubes of goodness

Yup, those are marshmallows with different creams on a canister.

Yup, mellows in a jar. Wait what, marshmallow liquid?! Interesting!

4. Popcolawa

We like that pink container, and the popping contents too of course!

We like that pink container, and the popping contents too of course!

What’s a carnival without the popcorn? In Candylawa, you just don’t get the usual butter or cheese flavor, you get more (even flavors that you didn’t imagine)! Their gourmet popcorn is made from the finest kernels popped using a healthy cooking method to create the perfect crunch.

5. Shakalawa

Shake that gelato!

Shake that gelato!

A sweet store is not complete without ice cream and Candylawa has a section that offers it… and goes beyond ice cream by blending it and whipping it into a shake! Candylawa’s gelato combined with your favorite chocolate, fruits, candies, and even cakes can be made at the Shakalawa section. Yes, whatever edible stuff you grab at the store can be turned into shake! How awesome and convenient is that?

6. Yogolawa

But if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to the gelato then look no further than the next section… Yogolawa, which offers the perfect swirl of frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruits (or candies again if you’re just going semi-healthy, haha!). We tried the original and strawberry froyo flavors and they’re tart and sweet and sour all at the same time. Pretty awesome for something healthy. Haha!

7. Cafelawa

The cafe in a "terrace"

The cafe in a “terrace”

You might have seen a video in Instagram of a chocolate ball melting under a steady pouring of liquid chocolate to reveal fruits inside… that’s a creation you can find in Cafelawa. It’s one of their famous treats you can enjoy in Candylawa’s coffee shop that overlooks Piatto and Panorama’s food court. It’s one of the most popular coffee shops in this mall and it’s always full whenever we chance upon it at night. They serve other desserts, pastries, and beverages here. Seriously a Pink Cloud and a Candyccino? I’m well intrigued.

8. Wrapalawa

One of my facve sections because I'm a sucker for pretty wrappers and packages.

One of my facve sections because I’m a sucker for pretty wrappers and packages.

Now, now, Candylawa is not just about edible stuff. They also have a gift wrapping section that prepares your purchases and make them all the more special. Wrapalawa has unique papers, ribbons, wrappers, and containers that can turn your gifts prettier and more unique. I’d be happy to receive a gift wrapped here! I mean, I pretty much spent five minutes just looking at the displayed gift packages.

Pick your candies and then pick your containers and Wrapalawa will put them all together for you!

Pick your candies and then pick your containers and Wrapalawa will put them all together for you!

Love the trolley, what an awesome idea!

Love the trolley, what an awesome idea!

And voila! Perfect gifts for your families and friends!

And voila! Perfect gifts for your families and friends!

And the more unique the better! How about this arrangement inside a balloon?! Cute!

And the more unique the better! How about this arrangement inside a balloon?! Cute!

9. Artylawa

Unleash the creative side of your kiddos.

Unleash the creative side of your kiddos.

The kids will not only enjoy the food, they will also enjoy Candylawa for this area especially reserved for them. They can come here to paint and create artworks and masterpieces. This area encourages your kids to use their imagination and turn them into reality through art sets and crafts that are available in Candylawa. It can also be used as a venue for parties.

Art materials for a productive hour for your children at the Artylawa area.

Art materials for a productive hour for your children at the Artylawa area.

I just enumerated nine reasons why Candylawa is the place to be when it comes to sweets and creativity. But I’m pretty sure I already got you with just mentioning “candy.” Actually, I have four more reasons:

So much fun mascots

We’d like to collect ’em four!

Meet Mello, Sprinkle, Coco, and Sukkar, the mascots of Candylawa! Aren’t they the cutest? Don’t ask us what they are because they couldn’t answer that either. Haha! They’re cute and cuddly and fun… so what’s not to like? They represent all that Candylawa stands for and they’re a great addition to your shopping cart.

Let them help you choose that candy.

Let them help you choose that candy.

Candylawa is the real sweet tooth’s paradise. And you know what’s awesome? Candylawa is one of the world’s best candy shops according to Fox News. So, you know now where to go to indulge your saccharine cravings.

Candylawa

Gate 2, Panorama Mall, 

Takhasussi Street,

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

T: 920004575

W: www.candylawa.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/candylawaSA?fref=ts

Twitter: @candylawa

Instagram: @candylawa

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