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Outrageous candy museum Candytopia is set to pop up in Dallas

Outrageous candy museum Candytopia is set to pop up in Dallas

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Dallas is due for something mighty sweet. Photo courtesy of Candytopia

If you're an Instagramming candy-holic, you may already know about Candytopia, the ultimate dessert pop-up that's been a smash in cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta.

And now the temporary interactive art installation that celebrates candy in all its vibrant colors and flavors is coming to Dallas in spring 2019.

Candytopia is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the so-called Hollywood Candy Queen and Food Network regular, and executed by event designer and fabricator Zac Hartog. It made its debut in Santa Monica in 2018 and has held court at temporary pop-ups in top cities across the country.

It's currently in residence in Atlanta, with another Candytopia slated to premiere at the Mall of America in Minnesota in March.

Candytopia features more than one dozen rooms with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences.

Depending on the city, it lasts from three to four months. A spokesperson for the installation confirmed the dates of the Dallas installation with an opening set in April. According to help wanted ads posted on GlassDoor, the Dallas installation will last four months and will wrap up by the end of August.

The ad does not specify the location, but according to a release, the installation will go into an ultra-hot spot: the Hill complex on Walnut Hill Lane, in the space that was previously TreeHouse, confirmed by a representative from the center who asked to be unnamed.

Candytopia is a cross between a candy shop and an art exhibit, and has been met with the same kind of crazy-ass lines and furor that surrounded tours such as King Tut.

You buy your tickets in advance, and because of its interactive nature, they limit participants to small groups, about 50. There's a pink velvet rope and staffers in blue jumpsuits who show you the drill.

The installation has numerous rooms and "experiences," along with bowls of samples to take such as candy bracelets and Pixie Stix. There are vibrant sculptures made entirely of candy, plus colorful, interactive tableaus that provide backdrops for photo opps galore.

Environments include everything from the confetti room, featuring flying unicorn pigs that "fart" confetti, to a "marshmallow pit" made of faux marshmallows — basically a pool of "marshmallows" you jump into and submerge yourself.

While the candy aspect gives it a kiddy vibe, there's artistry that targets adults, with candy paintings of the Mona Lisa, Van Gogh's The Starry Night, and pop cultural touchstones such as Prince and a portrait of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.

The Atlanta exhibit has a giant Sphinx made of 7,800 candy pieces; a 360-pound dragon made of 125,000 pieces of licorice, sours, and rock candy; and clocks filled with chocolate truffles hanging from the ceiling.

Tickets aren't cheap. In Atlanta, it's $28 for adults and $20 for kids.

But each city's Candytopia has items that are unique to the city's culture. Atlanta's includes references to the Braves and peaches, so Dallas seems likely to boast something with cowboy boots or maybe J.R.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets will be officially on sale beginning March 19 at 12 noon. Go to candytopia.com and you'll find a link for Dallas.