Valentine’s Day is around the corner and your sweeties need some sweets! Whether it’s traditional chocolate or gargantuan gummies, this is one of those times of the year (see also: Christmas, Halloween, and Easter) when you can’t help but indulge. What’s better than watching those little eyes light up in anticipation of a sugar fix? From help yourself candy bars to stroller-friendly to-go windows, scroll through to see our top picks to help make everyone’s sugar-coated dreams come true.
photo: via Compartes
Made in Los Angeles, Compartes is a must-stop for decadent treats that will please everyone in the family. It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite—between their famous cereal bowl bar and spring awakening berry stuffed chocolate bars (get your daily dose of fruit with your chocolate right?) to their frozen hot chocolate, going again and again never gets old. The best part? The treats taste as good as they look.
Insider Tip: You don’t even have to wrestle with doors to enter the store if you don’t want to. You can get it all at their handy walking pull-up window and just order and go. Although truth be told, it’s totally worth going inside to see all the fashion-forward chocolate bar wrappers lining the store’s shelves on the inside.
Compartes Chocolate, Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd. #1625
photo: via Dylan’s Candy Bar
Dylan’s Candy Bar, The Grove
A longtime favorite of both east and west coast candy fanatics, Dylan’s Candy Bar is exploding with fun candy options for every type of sweet connoisseur. This can’t-miss-location in The Grove is packed with every shape, size, and color of candy you can imagine. Gigantic gummy bears? Check. Every flavor of Jelly Belly? Check. Mega packs of pop rocks? Check again! Set aside some time to wander the store and discover a new favorite. Hop on in before seeing a movie at the Grove Theaters for your own private stash of treats.
Insider Tip: If you’ve got picky candy eaters, try buying from the bulk bins. You can pick and choose your favorites and everyone is happy.
Dylan’s Candy Bar at The Grove
6333 West Third St.
photo: Lorena S. via yelp
Jack’s Candy Store
If your kid’s Valentine’s Day list is a mile long, or if you’re planning on hosting a sweet little party, then there’s no better place better than Jack’s Candy Store. From floor-to-ceiling there are stacks of every candy and treat you can imagine in this downtown warehouse. And you can shop by brand, color, and theme, making planning a snap. Grab a piñata while you’re there and stock up on sweets and gifts for the next birthday party or grab some spares to tuck into Valentine’s cards at school.
Insider Tip: Jack’s Candy Store has a free customer parking lot, so it’s a cinch to haul your loot back to the car.
Jack’s Candy Store
777 S. Central Ave.
photo: Sammie B. via yelp
If your kids are lovers of all things gummy, whether sweet or sour, then Sockerbit is the place for you. Sockerbit loosely translates into “sugar cube” in Swedish, which is also the namesake for one of their most popular candies—a little square of homemade marshmallow that comes in pink or white. The stark white of the store is a great canvas for the multicolored hues of the candies. What’s appealing to the eye is definitely appealing to the tummy and probably why your kids can’t keep their hands out of the bins. Grab a bag and go to town perfecting your own mix-and-match creation.
Insider Tip: All of Sockerbit’s candies are GMO and trans fat-free. So go ahead and feel free to chow down.
7922 West 3rd St.
Munchies has the largest selection of Kosher candy in the city, from chocolate and gummies to lollipops and truffles. But whether you keep Kosher or not, you’ll want to drop in for their biggest claim to fame: the largest selection of Gimbal’s jelly beans this side of San Francisco. Be adventurous and try the buttered popcorn flavor or stick with favorites like hot cinnamon and lemon meringue.
Insider Tip: If you’re up for making your own candy, Munchies has a selection of certified Kosher baking supplies.
8859 W. Pico Blvd.
Be prepared to enter 28,000 square feet of pure candy magic. If Willy Wonka’s world came to life, it would probably look a lot like Sweet! Hollywood in the Hollywood and Highland shopping center. Watch as candy makers create rainbow-colored hard candies right in front of your eyes, design your own mega-sized chocolate bars, witness the world’s fastest gumball machine, or try your luck at face puckering sours. So what’s their top seller? It’s something called the atomic candy bar, an explosion of three different types of chocolate and lots of marshmallow. While kids will go crazy in the Gross Out Room or Lollywood, you can also find your own sweets in the array of chocolates imported from Europe.
Insider Tip: While you’re there, check out the sugary display of candy portraits featuring Hollywood’s most famous.
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Did we miss a spectacular sweet shop? Share your favorite candy store in the comments below!
-Christina Fiedler & Andie Huber