Halloween is probably the only time that adults can get away with acting like kids in candy stores. Seriously, who could stand still among colorful displays of sweet-and-sour treats, sugar-coated jellies, and artful rows of chocolate truffles? Here are six of the best candy shops in Toronto where you could indulge your sweet tooth.
Squish Candy (44 Bloor St E./various locations)
This Canadian-owned company has locations across the country and 24 kiosks in Toronto/GTA (including one at Hudson’s Bay on Bloor). Check out their best-selling sparkling gummy bears, spicy chili-ginger hearts, and sour peach treats. They also have an extensive array of vegan and sugar-free candies for the health-conscious. If you’re looking to spoil trick-or-treaters, they have delicious Halloween candies in spooky shapes, like spiders, skulls, and brains.
The Candy Bar (849 College St.)
Located near College and Ossington, this is one of the best TO shops for imported candies, boxes of handcrafted chocolates, and a wide assortment of unique treats (where else would you find Prawn Cocktail Crisps or a Cadbury Curly Wurly?). This Halloween, check out their Candy Bar Bandana or munch through a big bag of peppermint-shelled Zwart Witjes licorice. Bonus: they have free in-store pickups and reasonably priced local deliveries for gift baskets, candy cakes, and large orders.
Bulk Mine (655 Yonge St.)
This candy shop has been a Toronto favorite for more than 20 years. It’s centrally located (between Yonge/Bloor and Yonge/Wellesley) and offers a huge range of bulk products (think bulk gummies, wrapped bulk candy, bulk bubble gum, etc.). They also have a large selection of retro candies and chocolates (e.g., Cowtails Chocolate, Nerds Wildberry Fruit Savage, 100 Grande Bars) and European imports. It’s also one of the only downtown shops you’ll find the super chocolatey German Milka Triolade bar.
Kandy Krazed (454 Eglinton Ave. W.)
This fun and colourful candy shop is a more recent Toronto addition – husband and wife team Joey and Steven Davidson started the brand as a home-run business in 2019 that quickly pivoted to home deliveries during the pandemic. Now, the team has a flagship retail location on Eglinton Avenue West that houses rare and novelty candy from around the world! Create your own candy cauldron from now until Halloween in-store.
Suckers Candy (450 Danforth Ave.)
This North York location specializes in hard-to-find candy reminiscent of your childhood, offering over 2000 retro and contemporary sweets, chocolates, lollipops, licorice, taffies, and more! Check out some of their exclusive products, such as PMS dark chocolate bars, 80’s “wicked” candy, and “beaver droppings” (maple-syrup flavoured candies).
Sweet Magic (222 Spadina Ave # 130)
This shop is located in the Chinatown Centre on Spadina and, according to reviews, offers the best Asian sweets/chocolates in the city (try everything from various Japanese Kit Kat flavors to Glico’s Watering KissMint chewing gum).