Pop ‘n Sweets

Pop 'n Sweets

Pop ‘n Sweets

Who can take a sunrise

Sprinkle it with dew

cover it in choc’late and a miracle or two

The Candy Man

Oh the Candy Man can

The Candy Man can

‘Cause he mixes it with love

And makes the world taste good

The lyrics even today generate an emotional response, I have goose bumps just thinking about it.  The famous scene from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where kids go into the candy store and enjoy wonderful creations of candy and chocolate.  What kid didn’t want to go to that store or to the chocolate factory when we were young?  I know I sure did.  My great-grandmother spent her last few years in Logan, Utah.  I remember traveling there as a young child, where she would take me to the Blue Bird.  The Blue Bird on Main St. in Logan was the closest I came to achieving the Willy Wonka dream.  Over the past 30 years, my experience with chocolate and candy has been confined to that which I could find in grocery and department stores, with a few retails speciality shops sprinkled in between.  But what about the childhood dream of coming to a place where there are chocolates and candies from around the world.  A store dedicated to the best sugar the world has to offer?  Guess what?  Your dreams can now come true thanks to Pop ‘n Sweets!

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Pop ‘n Sweets has 4 Utah locations with a 5th and 6th soon to come.  It was started by a couple in Provo that while visiting San Diego, visited a similar store, and got the idea to bring it back to Utah and start their own.  Pop ‘n Sweets has over 400 types of candy and 500 kinds of soda to choose from.  The store in Midvale also comes with a soda fountain where they serve floats and freezes.  You can make a custom float from any of the soda you find, or a custom-built one as shown above.

The Soda Line-up

The Soda Line-up

There are lots of options to choose from, and it would be easy to be a little overwhelmed by all the choices.  Don’t worry though, the staff at Pop n’ Sweets are happy to answer your questions and help you choose.  In the root beer section alone they have close to 100 different options.  They also have a large selection of both ginger beer and ginger ale.  What is the difference?  Ginger Ale is a mellower version.  Most of us are familiar with this with brands like Canada Dry.  If you want something more potent, then go with the Ginger Beer.  There are lots to choose from with some fused with fruits of various flavor.  One of my favorite root beers I tried was one that was flavored with pecans.  It was almost like drinking pecan praline ice creme in a cup of root beer.  Delicious!

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All the sodas you see on the shelf, can be taken cold.

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If you really love root beer, another thing worth mentioning is every December Pop ‘n Sweets puts on a huge root beer tasting contest.  $20 will get you a seat at the table where you can sample the 100 different flavors in a blind taste testing.

I love it when I’m at a restaurant and they offer a soda offering other than the boring, same as usual Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, blah blah blah.  Pop ‘n Sweets distributes many of these fine sodas to local places to spruce up their soft drink offering.  To find out more of the various sodas you can check out the distribution page.  Most sodas in their store are between 12 and 16 ounces and cost between $2 and $2.50.

Candy!

Candy!

So did I mention that Pop ‘n Sweets sells candy and chocolate too?  Their store is mostly separate out by geographical region, so if you tried something while living abroad you are likely to find it here.

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I found the Japanese section to be the most colorful and interesting.  Here above they have little do-it-yourself candy making and baking kits.  These are best sellers and kids love them.

Hi-Chew and Japanese Equivalent

Hi-Chew and Japanese Equivalent

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The Wunderbar

The Wunderbar

Team Canada is represented by the Wunderbar.  I was told this was the pride and joy of Canada.  When I asked what it tasted like, the answer was “the love child of a Reese’s bar and a Snickers”  I can attest this to be true.  I took a bar home with me, and it was delicious!

Lion Bar

Lion Bar

Can you get awesome chocolate bars like the Lion Bar and the Curlywurly at WalMart or Target?  Didn’t think so.

Milka Bars

Milka Bars

Ritter Sport

Ritter Sport

You don’t need a passport to hop on over to Germany for a Ritter Sport Bar.  There were tons of different flavors.  I remember getting these bars years ago from Granato’s and was really excited to see these.  Ritter Sport you may notice has started to pop up in gas stations and Target however, they aren’t the same.  These bars sold at Pop ‘n Sweets are imported from Germany.  Ritter has an American plant that produces the ones you see sold cheaper and elsewhere.  One of the most interesting things I learned about chocolate was why some regions of the world seem to be better than others.  The Swiss and the Germans seem to really know what they are doing, while on the flip side, we don’t see chocolate from warmer regions sold very often here in the States.  The reason is due to the wax level in the chocolate.  The hotter the climate, the more wax chocolate makers have to put in the chocolate to keep in from melting.  Colder regions don’t have to put high percent of wax in their bars, thus they often taste much better.

Haribo

Haribo

Pop ‘n Sweets has a huge assortment of Haribo candies.  Haribo is another company that does a great job with candy.  Many of the candies here in the states are flavors and colored with artificial ingredients.  Haribo does their with stuff like beets and carrots.  check out the ingredients in these gummies above.

Daim - The go to for toffee

Daim – The go to for toffee

If you are a toffee lover, definitely check out the Swedish offering the Daim bar.  Here is a delicious bar of toffee bites perfect for smuggling into places like movie theatres.  🙂

Israeli chocolate

Israeli chocolate

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They even have chocolate from Israel with pop rocks inside.  Yummy!

Of course here in the United States we know how to make candy too.  Pop ‘n Sweets has all the premium American chocolate bars for your choosing.

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If you are looking for some premium soda and chocolate or maybe you tired of the same old boring offering found in local grocery stores, then definitely come on over to Pop ‘n Sweets.  The sodas even make great stocking stuffers or white elephant gifts.  You can follow Pop ‘n Sweets on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

2 comments

  1. ratetheplateutah /

    Was the root beer called Fest Pecan Root Beer? I’m dying to try it!

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