Unwrapping Candytopia, Room by Room

You're longing to relax in a soft pit of faux marshmallows, aren't you? Yes.

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Candytopia is now open for a "limited four-month engagement" at Santa Monica Place. Ever seen the "Mona Lisa"? How about the "Mona Lisa" recreated with jellybeans?
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Mathew Tucciarone for Santa Monica Place
Candytopia is now open for a "limited four-month engagement" at Santa Monica Place. Ever seen the "Mona Lisa"? How about the "Mona Lisa" recreated with jellybeans?
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Mathew Tucciarone for Santa Monica Place
An advanced ticket to the swirly, sugar-tastic, saunter-through destination is a must.
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Mathew Tucciarone for Santa Monica Place
Steampunk-style gears and details greet visitors at the interior entrance.
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Mathew Tucciarone for Santa Monica Place
And a posh library, one from a magical castle, awaits those who step inside. Hmm. Is that suit of armor covered with candy, by chance? Look closer...
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Willy Wonka as portrayed by Gene Wilder makes an art-cool cameo, and, yes, it is a portrait created out of goodies from the confection aisle.
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... As are these pretty sea creatures, and the diver, too.
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Even a big cat gets the candy treatment, with lime and purple hard candy serving as the feline's "fur."
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Mathew Tucciarone for Santa Monica Place
A floor of sky? The surreal and snapshot-ready room, complete with a bright red oversized Hundred Points emoji, is ready for you to photographically take flight.
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Mathew Tucciarone for Santa Monica Place
A pig with wings and his unicorn friend lend charm to one whimsical stop-and-pose spot.
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Mathew Tucciarone for Santa Monica Place
And at the close of your experience? Oh yes, there's a lot of actual suck-it, chew-it, eat-it candy for sale, and other confection-themed items for purchase.
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Mathew Tucciarone for Santa Monica Place
But first, there is a visit to the growing-ever-more-famous marshmallow pit. Yes, you can crawl inside and see how it feels to be surrounded by hundreds of, er, let's call 'em fauxmallows, which are like marshmallows but not edible nor sticky.
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Candytopia
Ready to be sweet on this Santa Monica-based bastion of gooey, gummy, caramel-yummy bliss? Dally not, lollipop fans and marshmallow mavens, for Candytopia is set to shutter on the Fourth of July.
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