First Look: Candyality*

Remember the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where the children were allowed to run free in the candy factory, grabbing all of the Gobstoppers and Scrumpdiddleumptious bars they could handle? That same childlike energy and enthusiasm for the sweet stuff, minus the little blue men and golden geese, electrifies Candyality. The family-friendly Southport corridor is a perfect location for this upscale candy shop, attracting kids, adults of all ages and the occasional straggler making his way from Wrigley Field.

The smell of fruity treats and fresh popcorn is the first thing you’ll notice when you walk through Candyality’s doors. Grab a basket and choose from retro confections like Mallow Cups, Idaho Spuds and Abba-Zabbas, rainbow-colored jellies and vegan chocolates. Quirky novelty items like edible-tattoo kits and candy “pizza” are among the treasures found in glass candy jars placed throughout the store.

Candyality aims to uncover your “candy personality” by analyzing your selection of sweets. Love sugary candy? Owner Terese McDonald predicts you seek immediate gratification and recognition. Licorice fans are loyal, hard-candy connoisseurs are logical, and those seeking out the fluffy stuff are non-conformists. Forget tea leaves; candy readings may be the new key to finding your inner self.

With summer just around the corner, Candyality plans to stock its freezer with classic treats like Bomb Pops and other frosty temptations. To top it off, Candyality is available to provide goodies for children’s birthday parties and events, perfect for your own little Charlie Bucket or Violet Beauregarde. The sugar isn’t the only thing that will spoil them rotten; bulk candy weighs in at $8.99 per pound, bulk chocolates are $10.99 per pound and gourmet chocolates top out at $17.99 per pound.

*This article was originally published in Centerstage Chicago.

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