This is the time of year when candy is everywhere and kids all around are looking forward to Trick or Treating in hopes of getting some of their favorite sugary sweets. I love Halloween – decorating, costume creating, trick or treating and celebrations where kids and adults get to eat candy, candy and more candy!
While Halloween is only a few days away, Eleanora, my daughter, has been celebrating this holiday since October 1st! We’ve hit pumpkin patches and fall festivals and Eleanora hosted a few friends for some Halloween fun last week. She was so excited to have her friends take part in a cake-decorating contest when they came over! In preparing for this contest, I baked up some small vanilla cakes and Eleanora and Matt, my husband, made a mad dash to our favorite candy store, Candyality®, to get some fun candies to be used as the decorations. Of course more candy was purchased than necessary, but I was more than happy to indulge in a few of the sweet treats!
Terese McDonald, founder of Candyality®, actually “makes the world taste good!” Terese is THE Candy WOMAN of Chicago! Eleanora found it easy to find fun novelty and retro candies to be used for cake decorating at Candyality®. This sweet destination is our go to place when we want to reward Eleanora with a treat. She almost always leaves the store with a small bag of gummy bears that she self-selects from the numerous bins of colorful gummies of many different shapes and sizes! This candy store has become a special place for us where we have celebrated the ups and downs of being a kid! Learning to ride a bike, earning a good report card, and surviving the flu shot are just a of few of the achievements that have been topped off by a stop into Candyality®.
This place is also special because it is a homegrown, Chicago, business and Terese McDonald believes you are what you eat! She can determine your candy personality based on the sweets you pick out in the store. The staff uses their ‘inner Willy Wonka’ to bring you your Candyscope®. Learning your candy personality while shopping here adds to the uniqueness of this sweet destination!
There are several locations throughout Chicago, but our favorite location is at 3737 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. Mark your calendars! On Monday, October 30th come over to the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat on Southport from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM! Stop by Candality® and see what sweet surprises are being handed out. Your sweet tooth will thank you!