Too Close to Call: Uncle John’s Candy Shack vs. The Candy Bar


This month, we pit mom and pop shop Uncle John’s Candy Shack against new kid on the block The Candy Bar in a battle of the bonbons. Who knows their tricks from their treats? You choose.

Uncle John’s Candy Shack


The Candy Bar

John and Dina (not pictured) Vanden Beek, 1982. Owner and year opened:
Paola Giavedoni, 2013.
Because it's fun for all ages and it makes people feel good to remember when we were all small. What inspired you to open a candy shop? My neighbourhod was lacking a friendly shop that combined world-sourced candy and international and local chocolate bars.
Candy a kid was gum in OPC hockey or baseball card packs. Also, penny candy in a bag from the corner store — in those days, only the corner store had candy First memory of eating candy? Frequent vistis to Crystal's Corner Variety, in Hamilton, on the way to grade school, live fondly in my memory. Mackintosh's Toffee and penny candy ruled the day.
Altogether, we've got 300 different kinds of candies. How many types of candy in your store? We have over 200 pick-and-mix varieties — both local and imported — and over 50 varieties of chocolate bars.
Lollipops with insects inside. Most exotic candy you ever tasted? Hand-wrapped coconut caramels.
Nowadays, we find that there's more and more hot candy around — it's sweet, sour and spicy. How has candy changed over the years? Options are plentiful today for conscious consumers: natural, organic, fair trade, vegan, gluten-free, raw…
We try to get candy for Halloween that nobody else has included. Doing anything special for Halloween? We'll have spooky fun on Halloween. There will be treats for costume-clad customers, young and old.  

Our favourite is "The Candy Man," by Sammy Davis Jr.


635 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

Favourite candy-based song? 

"The Candy Man," by Sammy Davis Jr. is a winner!


849 College St.


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