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Candytopia Offers A Taste Of Willy Wonka’s Wonderland

Houston Matters visits the interactive, candy-themed attraction, here through Sept. 29.

Candytopia Sign
Houston-themed signage for the Candytopia attraction.

Most kids, when they first see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, fantasize about visiting a real-life version of the candy factory: a wonderland of giant gummy bears growing from trees, over-sized lollipops emerging from the ground, and, of course, that chocolate river – soon to be sullied by Augustus Gloop.

And while that’s, unfortunately, merely a fantasy, an attraction visiting town for the next few weeks aims to give Houstonians a tiny taste of that dream. A storefront on the Katy Freeway has been transformed into Candytopia, a vividly colored, walk-through experience that features all kinds of candy-inspired displays and a lot of sculptures made out of actual candy.

There’s even a giant ball pit filled with some 250,000 marshmallows for visitors to dive into. Ok, they’re actually fake (that would get messy pretty quickly).

It’s all the creation of confectionery artist Jackie Sorkin, who was the star of TLC’s former food show Candy Queen.

Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty takes us on a tour of the exhibit and talks with Sorkin about her craft.

Candytopia is open in the shopping center at 7620 Katy Fwy. through Sept. 29. More details on tickets and times, here.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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