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Candy Stores Worth Traveling For


Some people travel for fashion, others for landscapes and the beautiful photo ops they offer. At The Daily Meal, we are all about following our appetites — and in this case, our sweet tooth — around the world.

Inspired by Roald Dahl’s book Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Dylan Lauren (daughter of renowned designer Ralph Lauren) created the famous Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City in 2001. Since that time, it has appeared in movies and TV shows, including Hitch, the Russell Brand remake of Arthur, and Gossip Girl. Dylan’s Candy Bar created a candy culture in New York that made it chic to nibble on nuggets of chocolate and retro-style candy like Lemonheads and candy lips. Stars including Taylor Swift and the Beckhams flocked to the Candy Bar, making it a must-see destination for tourists and locals alike.

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But New York isn’t the only city to visit if you’ve got a serious sweet tooth. At Sweet! Hollywood in Los Angeles, pop artist Jason Mecier creates one-of-a-kind candy portraits of celebrities for the store’s “Candylebrity” line. The store is filled with more than a dozen themed rooms, like the Wonka Room, where fans can get their fill of some of exclusive Willy Wonka-inspired treats.

At his Le Bonbon au Palais in Paris, candy connoisseur Georges Marques wanted to recreate his childhood schoolhouse, only his version is dedicated to candies with a historical twist.

Candylicious in Dubai carries over 5,000 kinds of candy, giving candy fanatics enough options to find at least a few dozen new favorite sweets. The store imports candy from all over the world, making it a one-stop shop for German gummies, Belgian chocolate, and more.

From a store filled with M&Ms to another specializing in nothing but chocolate, here is a list of candy stores worth traveling for all over the world.

Belgium: The Zaabär Factory Shop

There’s no way you’re going to Belgium without taking a tour of a chocolate factory. Belgian chocolate has long been a lure for chocolate lovers. More than 172,000 tons of chocolate are produced every year in Belgium, and there are more than 2,000 chocolate shops throughout the country, which is just slightly smaller than the state of Maryland. The Zaabär Factory Shop is one of the country’s best chocolate factories and offers an array of chocolate bars, cookies, chocolate-covered fruit, spices, nougatines, and more for sale. The almost 6,500-square-foot workshop includes a tasting area where you can sample the candy on offer and attend demonstrations and discussions on chocolate history, and the space also plays host to a “Chocolate Academy” where visitors of all ages can experience the art of chocolate-making firsthand.

China: M&M's® World

The Shanghai M&M’s store marries Chinese tradition with candy culture. At the door, life-size statues of the red and yellow M&M characters greet guests. The real treat here is the “Great Wall of Chocolate,” and just like the Great Wall of China, this wall can also be seen from space. Okay, maybe not, but it is the world’s largest M&M’s candy wall. The M&M’s store in Shanghai sells M&M’s in 22 colors and in three varieties: milk chocolate M&M’s, peanut M&M’s, and almond M&M’s. The 172,000-square-foot, two-story mecca was designed as a “retail-tainment” destination, so visitors not only walk away with a bag full of sweets but also a bag full of treats, be they t-shirts, mugs, or other merchandise. Daily performances by the M&M's characters make for a fun meet-and-greet show.

This article was originally published on December 3, 2014


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.


The Salty-Sweet Chocolate Candy That’s Taking Over Our Lives

You should see our desk drawers. They’re overflowing with so many snacks that we’ve replaced whatever official title we had on our business cards with Professional Snack Expert. But it’s not every day that we meet a snack so enticing that we start believing in love at first bite (and hoard it in our drawers to hide it from our coworkers—sorry).

But we felt it the first time we tried OMG’s , a cult crunchy-salty-sweet chocolate cluster candy from Canada that actually makes you knee-jerk exclaim, “Oh my goodness, what are these?” as you down handful after handful.

They’re named OMG’s after that exact experience, because it's what happened when founders Chris Emery and his business partner Larry Finnson first gave samples to friends and family. "They would say OMG, THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING," Emery joked. "We thought it would be a good name for the candy."

When you see this bag, don't think just buy. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

A few years later and the irresistible snacks are making their U.S. debut on Walgreens shelves in April 2016. They come in a few flavors, including dark chocolate-almond and vanilla-almond, but only two choices really matter if you want to snag bags the next time you pick up shampoo: milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker and chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel. Our office went wild for the chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel, and those are seeing the light of day for the first time on U.S. soil. (The bestseller in Canada is the milk chocolate-almond-graham cracker, now and forever.)

Emery's been in the confectionery business for close to 20 years, first with a company he sold to Hershey's in 2006 and now with OMG's, founded in 2012, which was born at just the right time to get the product on a Shark Tank-like TV show and see if they could get a little extra funding.

"Larry [Finnson] suggested we go on a show called Dragons' Den ," a.k.a. the Canadian version of Shark Tank . Even Sharks Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec make appearances on the show. Emery was a little nervous, "You have to sign a waiver that says you can't do anything if you get publicly humiliated." But he knew that if they couldn't get up in front of a bunch of people and talk about the chocolate candy they were pouring their hearts into with confidence, they shouldn't be in business. When he got to the set, his heart was pounding and he could barely breathe. But as soon as he started speaking—a full 47 minutes trimmed to eight minutes of airtime—the nerves dissolved and he was just psyched to be there. Arlene Dickinson , CEO of Venture Communications, signed on.

All hail the PB clusters that earn standing ovations. Photo: Courtesy of OMG's

Now they have 20 full-time employees (expanded seasonally up to 40, because the holidays are peak chocolate season) and four flavors on the roster. "All we wanted was to take classic flavor profiles and then put our own twist on them," Emery explained. And when they premiered the new peanut butter digs at a trade show a few months ago, the crowd applauded. For real.

Emery keeps his OMG's in the fridge, priming them for their best use: as an ice cream topper. A lot of Canadian ice cream stores keep them in stock or mix them up in Blizzard and Flurry-like creations. Other shops bake them into brownies.

We like to eat them straight out of the bag, at the exact moment when we're about to rifle around in our purses for vending machine coins. If we go into a Walgreens and never come out, please send help.