Move over, Willy Wonka. A new candy wonderland has arrived.
Candytopia, a self-proclaimed "deliciously immersive and outrageously interactive" experience, is now treating visitors in Houston and Dallas to its highly Instagrammable tour, which includes everything from a marshmallow pit to jellybean works of art to confetti cannons.
In a world of "interactive experiences" — think the FOMO Factory, the Museum of Ice Cream and the Color Factory — it can be hard to know what's worth your time and money.
At Candytopia Houston, tickets are $28 for adults and $20 for kids 4-12. Steep, yes, but worth it, I'd say, thanks to the vibrant colors, unique activities and yes, the handfuls of candy distributed throughout the tour. Bring a bag to carry it all — you'll need it.
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When we visited earlier this week, the five kids in our group were enthralled during our roughly hour-long tour of Candytopia's 14 rooms, which featured everything from a Frida Kahlo portrait that incorporated 6,500 pieces of candy and took 102 hours to create to fake lollypops as high as the ceiling.
The highlight, though, was wading through the marshmallow pit, which was filled with 300,000 fake marshmallows, including some that rained down on our heads thanks to a marshmallow machine.
Candytopia Houston runs through Sept. 29. Candytopia Dallas concludes Sept. 2. Visit candytopia.com for details.