Two Boots and a Farwa

Willy Wonka’s Saudi Chocolate Shop

It’s no secret we love chocolate. If you’ve read any of our previous posts or follow us on instagram, you might note that we love chocolate a wee bit more than is healthy. Just a little bit. So when we first heard about Candylawa opening in Panorama Mall (it took forever), we were super excited! And kind of skeptical, we were afraid it’d turn out to be a very overpriced rip off of Candylicious like CandyDays in Riyadh Gallery is.

We visited it yesterday, and alhamdillah, it’s nothing of a rip off. The same concept, perhaps, but Candylawa really worked on their branding and it shows. The fact that they had chocolate everywhere kind of helped bias this article the moment we walked in only just a smidge.

entrance.

entrance.

See those little dots under the shop’s name? Those are the different ‘corners’ available at Candylawa, each one dedicated to a certain kind of sweet or theme.

you're attacked by sugar the moment you walk in. It's a good sort of attack.

you’re attacked by sugar the moment you walk in. It’s a good sort of attack.

they have thorntons!

they have thorntons!

for the 'healthy' person in you.

for the ‘healthy’ person in you.

The store spans two floors and the little balcony that overlooks the food court in Panorama, and shares an opening with Hamley’s. (Parents, beware.) Most of the store’s products are on the second floor.

bright decor. we approve. (bye bye thornton's. mama's going to go back for you soon, don't you worry.)

bright decor. we approve. (bye bye thornton’s. mama’s going to go back for you soon, don’t you worry.)

LARGE SIZED BAG OF PRETZEL M&MS. THANK YOU, WORLD.

LARGE SIZED BAG OF PRETZEL M&MS. THANK YOU, WORLD.

they also carry m&m products. has anyone checked out what the bottom candy folded fabric is?

they also carry m&m products. has anyone checked out what the bottom candy folded fabric is?

oh oh oh they have a DIY (possibly smarties) m&m and jelly bean factory! definitely using it for our next big party. color matching your candy to your theme is fun.

oh oh oh they have a DIY (possibly smarties) m&m and jelly bean factory! definitely using it for our next big party. color matching your candy to your theme is fun.

our sort of shrooms, thank you very much.

our sort of shrooms, thank you very much.

this. is. perfect. *adds to wishlist*

this. is. perfect. *adds to wishlist*

if you go early enough you might be able to catch the pastry chef making his pastries! which we luckily did.

if you go early enough you might be able to catch the pastry chef making his pastries! which we luckily did.

Nothing like creeping on the pastry chef to start a person’s day.

we tried the oreo peanut butter, which was yum, but be aware: kukuruza is both cheaper and better.

we tried the oreo peanut butter popcorn, which was yum, but be aware: kukuruza is both cheaper and better.

The first ‘corner’ to greet you as you get off the escalator is Popcolawa. They have a bunch of gourmet popcorn flavors but unfortunately were out of the spicy cheese so we couldn’t try that. We wish the oreo peanut butter popcorn we tried was a little more fresh, but it was enjoyable all the same.

perfect for نجاح and eid gifts, no?

perfect for نجاح and eid gifts, no?

Then Wrapolawa, which might get a little popularity once ramadan and eid rolls about.

candylawa

personalized lollipops? yes please.

personalized lollipops? yes please.

Then Lollilawa, where we found giant personalized birthday lollipops that would be a better improvement to the traditional birthday cake.

fresh marshmallows? oh why oh why weren't you open when we visited, marshmallow man?

fresh marshmallows? oh why oh why weren’t you open when we visited, marshmallow corner?

Mellolawa…

ain't a fave of mine, but S might try it in the future.

ain’t a fave of mine, but S might try it in the future.

Yogolawa.

shakes will always be perfect. always.

shakes will always be perfect. always.

And potentially my favorite place in the future (once I try it), Shakalawa. Not pictured is the art corner, where you can find (slightly overpriced) craft things (artylawa), and the cake display (cakelawa). They also have a cafe that currently begins business at 12pm.

the downside to being up early: we didn't get to try this place.

the downside to being up early: we didn’t get to try this place.

how pretty is this candified table?

how pretty is this candified table?

We love the branding and the concept and the execution. Brilliant work, Candylawa people. We’re proud of this shop, and we hope you keep it up and sustain the quality (and maybe probably expand on the variety of candy you carry. And get hard to find cereal, like french toast crunch. actually, screw subtlety; CANDYLAWA PLEASE IMPORT FRENCH TOAST CRUNCH FROM CANADA). We also love the fact that you can get fresh lollipops in Riyadh now. It’s high time we moved away from opening franchises for everything and making our own individual businesses. Oh! And it looks like they’re organizing a summer camp of sorts? Sounds like something from my daydreams, a summer camp in a candy store. We need to find a way to be five again.

Speaking of variety… Any chance we could see the cookie dough oreo in Riyadh someday? No? Please? Yes?

loot.

loot.

 

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This entry was written by themysteriousscribe and published on May 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm. It’s filed under saudi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Willy Wonka’s Saudi Chocolate Shop

  1. noons on said:

    OMG. You guys are adorable (and funny)! So glad I randomly came by your blog!!!

    I also love myself some chocolate covered pretzels, haven’t come across those in ageeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees. Keep it up, former Londoner in Riyadh right here and enjoying your posts! Now I need to visit this place asap…

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    • Thank you so much for your comment! We really appreciate it when someone enjoys our posts xD And you’re kidding me! We’re in London right now! We’ve been posting on Instagram for now, but we’ll have a guide up for both it and Paris soon inshAllah!

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