One of the first things I did when we moved to Manhattan was take Lily to Dylan's Candy Bar. She loved it. I thought I would take her for a repeat visit and invite Jackson (age 11) to come along. This was a little easier said than done.
Jackson is my planner. He likes to gather a great deal of information before he makes a move. Where do we need to go and why? How long will it take to get there? What will be the amount of time spent at our destination? Would we be making any additional stops along the way? Let's just say he does not leave a lot of room in his life for spontaneity. This will be great if his college roommates try to drag him to Tahiti for a weekend, but it does not bode well when I, his own mother, want to take him somewhere.
I thought inviting him to a place to load up on sugar might be different. It wasn't. I answered ALL his trivia question about the journey and he was still hesitant. He just didn't want to go. I told him he would love it. That it was the most amazing candy store ever.
Lily saw I was needing help, so she chimed in: "Come on Jackson! You'll love it so much you will forget your mind!"
I think she meant to say, "You will lose your mind!" But that's a common error, right??
It really is an amazing store. It's 3 stories and has every kind of candy imaginable.
The store has tons of candy bins where you can fill your own bag to your heart's content. Well, to your heart's content at $12.99 per pound.
Here's a tip. Prep your children before you walk in the store that the candy is not free. I didn't think this was necessary until Lily walked up to me with a mouthful of candy.
The store is so whimsical. Giant suckers on the ceiling.
The Easter displays were delightful. I definitely think the Easter Bunny needs to shop here this year.
Even the stairs have candy in them.
Maybe regular candy bars are more your thing. They've got you covered.
Or maybe, you'd like to take a bath in a giant tub of gumballs.
Wait, you're not supposed to do that. And as you can see, my daughter is getting ready to dive in.
We all had a great time. And when we left, Jackson uttered those beautiful words every mother loves to hear, "Mom, you were right."
We ate our candy all the way home. Unfortunately, the sugar high hit Lily while we were still on the bus. Unfortunately, she kicked the bus driver in the shins, too.
So after reading this post, what kind of candy are you craving now?