Founded in 2014 in Montréal, Squish quickly won over customers with its original and tasty creations. While we can’t say that these are “healthy” candies, they are made from real fruit, herbs and spices, and many vegan options are available. So what’s to feel guilty about?
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Le Petit Dep
Le Petit Dep is probably the only convenience store in Québec that’s a dream-come-true for kids and adults alike. Wondering why convenience stores always seemed to be kind of dreary and badly organized, Magda Slezak decided, in 2015, to found “her” convenience store (what locals call a dep, for dépanneur). Over the years, Le Petit Dep grew into a beautiful showcase for local products, ranging from sweets to pastries.
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Your sugar cravings will never be the same after visiting Sucre bleu. With no less than 500 varieties of candies, gummies, chocolates and other sweets in bulk, it can be a little dangerous to spend too much time in this store.
Located in the Cours Mont-Royal, the Carré Confiseries gourmet boutique is overflowing with candies, Jelly Belly Beans and chocolate bars that are really hard to find elsewhere in town. This is also the place to go if you have a craving for chocolate-dipped ice cream.
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You’ll have to make a bit of a detour to get to the Metropolitan Flea Market, but you’ll forget about all the traffic and roadwork as soon as you arrive. Not only is it fun to visit for kids of all ages, they can also help you plan children's parties, showers and other special occasions. Delivery available.
If you have trouble making decisions, a visit to Oscar may be quite a challenge. On the other hand, if you like having lots of choice and you have a sweet tooth, this confectionery is possibly the best place to satisfy your cravings. You’ll probably even find some favourite candies or cookies from your childhood.
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Located in the heart of Monkland Village, Sparkles was founded by Claire Himo in 2009. Her mission is to add a little happiness to your day, one visit at a time. From gift items to candies to chocolates and confections in bulk imported from all over the world, there is truly something for everyone, for any occasion.
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Dragon's Beard Candy
Discover the “original” cotton candy, handcrafted every day by Johnny Chin, originally from Hong Kong. You’ll all see other sweets, like sweet dumplings and Chinese waffles, but it would be a real shame to miss out on the Dragon’s Beard if you’ve never tried it. Fun fact: This dessert was reserved only for emperors during the Chinese dynasties a few thousand years ago.
Chocolate and caramel lovers will be in heaven at Boutique Chocosina, located on Saint-Sulpice Street in Old Montréal. Create your own dream gift box with the malt balls, gummy bears, orange pucks, fudge and/or hand-crafted chocolate bars of your choice.
Shopping for sweets the way you shop for birthday or Christmas gifts in a glossy magazine is now possible. Browse the Kandju website for Halloween, Valentine's Day, Christmas and Easter collections, or create your own bucket or sachet. You can either go in person to a store or order everything online.
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The master confectioners at Candylabs definitely take their profession seriously, creating unique, original and tailor-made candies. Candy-making workshops are also available for those looking for a hands-on activity with a sweet twist!
Tommy is the founder of the blog and gourmet guide Le Cuisinomane, whose mission is to showcase Québec’s local products and gastronomy. With an in-depth knowledge of Montréal’s food scene, his expertise and professionalism make him a trusted source for all the best food spots and experiences in Montréal. In addition to tasting and writing about food, Tommy also creates content for brand, always related to food and gastronomy.