Candylands – sweet, sweet theme parks in the USA

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Take a look at these “cathedrals of candy”, these “monuments to M&Ms”, these, well, you get the idea!

Have you seen the episode of The Simpsons called The Land of Chocolate? It’s the one where Homer skips with reckless abandon through a place made entirely of candy, all the while chomping on buildings and creatures along the way.

The scene’s a metaphor for the unparalleled joy people with a sweet tooth experience when they chomp on their favourite chocolate bar.

It’s also a warning. Have too much of a good thing, submit to temptation, indulge in too many sugar rushes, and you can kiss your health goodbye.

So what should sugar junkies do if they need a fix, but can’t afford to let sweets pass their lips? Making a visit to a place dedicated to their favourite confectionery might work. Take a look at these “cathedrals of candy”, starting with M&M’s World (as in our technicolour image by Westside Shooter)…

M&M’s World
Photo by Alexandre Cardoso

M&M’s World – Las Vegas, Nevada

It seems somehow appropriate that M&M’s located their 28,000 square-foot, four-level showroom in Sin City. With a prime location right on the Strip (where else?), this great monument to gluttony sits between two palaces of that other deadly sin, greed. The variety of M&Ms branded merchandise is mind boggling – kitchenware, clothing, bedding, jewellery, you name it. If you can’t eat it, you might as well wear it.

M&M's World, London
M&M’s World London. Photo by RaSeLaSeD – Il Pinguino

(We couldn’t include M&M’s World without mentioning its newest outlet – in Leicester Square, London. Selling the same range of M&M-branded goods as the Las Vegas outlet, if you don’t want to wear it or sleep on it, you can create your own M&M’s selection from more than 100 choices.)

Jelly Belly
Photo by David Lofink

Jelly Belly factory – Fairfield, California

A 40-minute tour of this working jellybean-making factory halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, lets visitors in on the “secrets” of why it takes more than a week to make a bean. Much more importantly though, you get to breathe in the delicious aroma of chocolate, peach, cinnamon, pineapple, or whatever is being cooked up that day.

Hershey Chocolate World
Photo by lostinmiami

Hersheypark – Hershey, Pennsylvania

Rollercoasters, water rides, restaurants, hotels and a zoo. Nope, not Disney. This is Hersheypark in Pennsylvania. When it opened more than 100 years ago, the park served as a place for Hershey’s employees to relax, but now it has some 65 rides and 12 roller coasters that help keep sugar-obsessed minds off chocolate for at least a few hours. That is until they hear about the Chocolate Spa.

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Candylands – sweet, sweet theme parks in the USA was last modified: October 28th, 2015 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (1167 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.