I remember watching the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a kid and thinking the candy factory was the coolest thing ever.

What kid wouldn't want to explore a giant fantasy-land of giant gummy bears, candy mushrooms, lollipops, candy canes and a chocolate river?

But alas, such places only exist in movies...or do they?

Candytopia is a real candy land "where colossal candyfloss constructions meld with a tantalizing taffy twistedness." A four-month installation by "Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin," Candytopia "celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights across over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami."

While the pictures all look like fun and games, I've got just one question -- what about the germs?!

Surely I'm not the only one who thinks a room full of candy that people have touched, licked and eaten off of is an awful idea and health lawsuit waiting to happen!

Apparently, we can rest assured that's not actually the case.

MentalFloss offers some insight:

...unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

While I'm relieved to hear that, it does sort of take away from the magic of it all, especially at $28 a ticket for adults and $20 for kids 4-12.

Anyway, Candytopia is set to open at the Mall of America in March if you want to visit! It was named one of the best pop-up museums of 2018 by Forbes, for whatever that's worth!

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