Whimsical Candy

Artisanal candy that blends childhood candy flavor with grown- up taste for quality!

Hi! We are Whimsical Candy®, a company based on a lifelong love of candy. At age 3, our founder Chris packed her little pink suitcase and tried moving to a candy store. Now a trained pastry chef, she makes small batch sweets that blend a grown-up taste for quality with the fun and classic flavors of childhood candy. Who says artisanal candy has to be serious?

Our products are handmade with fresh, natural ingredients. We make the candy we want to eat – chewy, satisfying textures and full, balanced flavors. Candy can be purchased from our website, our new Chicago shop location, or at specialty food stores throughout Chicago and in select states. Visit our website for a complete list of retailers.

Mission: Remember when just the mention of candy put a smile on your face? Remember the expectation and excitement of choosing that special piece? For just a few minutes, all was right in the world while you savored your choice. Mmmm, candy. We think candy should be pure fun for grown-ups, too. Don’t look for us to join the exotic candy trend, just expect fresh, delicious, classic sweets – and a little whimsy.

With less than a week until Halloween, things are looking extra spooky (and sweet) in the Whimsical Candy kitchen! From our delicious caramel apples, Trick or Treat gift bags, to our signature La-Dee-Dahs and other creations, we have something for everyone this season. Come on in to pick up some goodies and try your hand at Halloween trivia for a Pumpkin Spice malt ball while you're at it!

Hello ice cream lovers! This could be the last hot weather day of the season. Stop in our shop today only for BOGO ice cream sandwiches, while they last!

Vegan Vanilla Coconut gluten-free ice cream sandwiches are available in our shop as of today (just in time for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day)! Our vegan fan base has been growing and this creation of ours is certifiably delicious!

Our newest candy bar is for all the coffee addicts out there- introducing the Coffee Break Bar, for when you can't decide between chocolate and coffee. An espresso caramel gets layered with a dark chocolate coffee ganache and sits atop a crispy layer of chocolate, cookies, and chopped up espresso beans. Come by to pick one up for your afternoon treat!

Banana's Foster as an ice cream sandwich... it's delicious!

It doesn't get more summery than Key Lime ice cream in a graham crust. Our newest ice cream sandwich flavor was a request from one of our favorite customers (thanks Dan!) so we had to give it a try. It's tangy yet sweet and we love it!

Stay tuned for other new flavors that are in the works!

Christmas In July is back, and so is our Frozen Hot Chocolate! Come grab a cup today while supplies last!

Wednesday July 25th we will be celebrating "Christmas in July" with our customer favorite: FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE!

This delicious treat only comes around once a year so come in and get your fix!

We've been extra busy this summer but we are still whipping up new delicious things whenever we can. Our newest creation is a "Limited Edition" Chocolate Peanut Butter La-Dee-Dah!
We took our chocolate nougat, added peanut butter and chopped peanuts, layered and swirled it with our salty caramel, and then dipped each piece in milk chocolate!
Pick some up for yourself and your peanut butter crazed friends- these won't last long!

Chicago's Best Candy: Whimsical Candy

In case you were out late partying with the moms in your life, here is our segment on Chicago's Best!
#chicagosbesttv #hiddengems

Everyone dreams of opening their own candy store as a child and Marley Kayden is in the loop at this hidden gem.

Our episode of Chicago's Best airs tonight at 10pm! Tune in to WGN to discover some of Chicago's "Hidden Gems," including your very own Whimsical Candy!
A huge thank you to all of our lovely customers and friends who came by to support us during filming!

This ice cream sandwich sold out so fast that we had to make more right away. Our Wow! Bar inspired this cool creation and has chocolate ice cream, peanut butter, salty caramel swirl, and chocolate covered pretzel bites. There's a reason it's called "Wow!"
#wow #icecreamsandwich #whimsicalcandy #spoilyourdinner

We had a great time filming a segment for WGN's Chicago's Best yesterday!

We want to thank the amazing crew, Marley, Randall, Jordan, and Steve, as well as our wonderful customers who took time out of their day to come by and say so many nice things about Whimsical Candy!

Our segment is scheduled to air on Sunday May 13th at 10pm (Mothers Day!) but in the mean time, here's a look behind the scenes.

#chicagosbest #wgn #chicagosbesttv #whimsicalcandy #ladeedah #hiddengems #hiddentreasures

Today is the day! Chicago's Best will be filming us in our kitchen TODAY and we need YOU to come and tell the crew why we are Chicago's best! Stop by the shop around noon to get in on the action!

Chicago's Best will be filming in our shop this week! Please plan a visit to Whimsical Candy this Thursday, April 19th around 12:00 if you can!

White chocolate covered chocolate mint caramel pieces with a dark chocolate drizzle... why? Why not? Happy Tuesday!

We are so excited to announce that we are going to be featured on WGN's upcoming Chicago's Best "Hidden Gems" episode!
Filming will take place on Thursday April 19th (the episode will air Sunday May 13th) and we would love for our customers and Whimsical Candy fans to stop by that day- you may have the chance to be on TV! Please come and show your support around 12:00 in the afternoon, everyone is welcome!

It's National Caramel Day! Since we put caramel in (almost) everything we make it's always Caramel Day for us, but we are still celebrating! Come visit us for a sample of our signature Sea Salty Just Caramels and see what other caramel-y treats we have.

Some of you may not know this, but we make cupcakes with super delicious buttercream frosting. We don't have them for sale in the kitchen everyday, BUT you can special order them!

Because we want you all to know just how delicious they are, we are giving away free mini cupcake samples TOMORROW!

Trust us, it will be worth braving the cold and windy weather for this sweet reward.

Spinning Ice Cream

It's coming... and we'll all scream "ICE CREAM" even if it doesn't quite feel like spring yet. Check back in the shop next week for the return of our ice cream sandwiches!

[03/29/18]   Our Easter goodies are going fast! Come by and see us today or tomorrow for gummy bunnies, malted milk eggs, white chocolate and caramel coated pretzel rods, and foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies and ducks plus all of our other signature candy!

Hop on in for a giant La-Dee-Dah egg just for Easter! Dipped in either milk or dark chocolate, they're the perfect "grown-up" Easter treat!

Easter is now less than a week away and we have all kinds of fabulous goodies to go in your baskets, as well as baskets that are ready to go!
In addition to our signature sweets, we have *giant* La-Dee-Dah eggs, peanut butter cups, white chocolate crispy rice treats, white chocolate and caramel covered pretzel rods, AND salty caramel swirl marshmallow eggs dipped in milk or dark chocolate.

So many choices! Come visit us and check it all out in person!

How adorable are these chocolate bunnies? They're ready to hop in to your Easter baskets and hide among the flowers and other goodies. Come visit us to take a bunny home!
#easter #bunnies #chocolate #flowers

On this International Women's Day, the two women of Whimsical Candy wish to thank all of the wonderful, generous women who have guided and supported us along our ten-year journey. A most heartfelt "La-Dee-Dah" to our mothers, sisters, aunts, friends, women of the French Pastry School community, fellow entrepreneurs, business owners, our sales reps, our designer, caterers who shared their kitchen with a wide-eyed candy start-up, so many other women candymakers (some of whom we never even met in person), sympathetic salespeople, lawyers, money folk, and our fabulous women customers from coast to coast. Together we make the pastry and artisan food worlds bolder and better!

We get very excited about working on new products and tasty treats, but we still love our signature La-Dee-Dahs! You can find them in our retail shop or our web store and they are the perfect swirly sweet for your sweetheart or yourself this Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day is Wednesday! Share the love with our handmade candy

You can't go wrong with chocolate covered salty caramel squares this Valentine's Day. We have 12 piece boxes available in either dark or milk chocolate but they are all garnished with an adorable little candy heart

We've put together a Valentine's box that any kid (or candy lover) would enjoy: a house-made heart shaped marshmallow dipped in chocolate, a chocolate covered caramel, Pop Rocks, strawberry laces, Valentine gummies (from Albanese confectionary), and a twin cherry pop. A unique and whimsical box that's sure to delight!

Nothing says "love" like a heart-shaped La-Dee-Dah! Pick one up for your sweetie in our retail shop or our web store.

It isn't too early to pre-order chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's Day! Come visit or give us a call so we will have them ready for you on the 14th!

Our Strawberry Marble Bark is the perfect little something for the chocolate lover in your life. Our French dark chocolate is marbled with white chocolate then sprinkled with freeze-dried strawberries and candy hearts. Berry sweet :)

Mint, Mint, Hooray! We aren't just excited, that's the name of our newest candy bar! We took a dark chocolate ganache infused with peppermint oil, a chocolate cookie, and enrobed it all in white chocolate. It's already super popular in our retail shop and now it's Facebook official, too!

Friends and fellow candy lovers: We are having a sale! This NEVER happens, so brave the cold to come pick up candy for New Year's Eve. A limited supply of candy bars (Milk Chocolate Wow!, Izzy, Raspberry Truffle, Tipsy Eggnog), Christmas candy, and other items are "Buy one, get one." Come check it out!

**We will be closed Monday January 1 as well as Tuesday January 2. We hope everyone has a fantastic time on New Year's Eve and a sweet 2018!**

If you need help with any last minute gifts, we are open today! Come see us and pick up a Tipsy Eggnog Bar to start a new Christmas Eve tradition (December 24th is National Eggnog Day)!
#eggnog #holidays #christmas #whimsicalcandy #spoilyourdinner

Are you still running around trying to check everyone off your list? We can help! We made several gift assortments that are sure to please the most discerning candy connoisseurs. Even if you know someone who's extra picky, we can customize any gift box for you!

Our most popular seasonal candy bar is back! The Tipsy Eggnog Bar is sure to bring holiday cheer- boozy "eggnog" ganache (white chocolate, rum, and nutmeg), cinnamon caramel, and a chocolate cookie crisp get layered and dipped in our luscious dark chocolate.

This candy bar is here for a limited time and will be gone faster than Santa with his sleigh!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Whimsical Candy! We're already as busy as Santa's elves, so come visit us and see what we're up to for the holidays!

Put some pep in your step with a freshly dipped Espresso La-Dee-Dah! #yum #espresso

We were hurrying!

Our homage to the two funniest candy ladies ever. Fresh caramel apples and pumpkin truffles today! Wishing everyone a sweet Halloween!

Don't be so surprised, little Frankie. Take home a Frankenstein caramel apple this Frankenstein Day (it's a thing)!

Pumpkin Day calls for a Jack-o'-lantern caramel apple! Scary or silly, they're all sweet! Come take a peek at our other Halloween candy as well as our seasonal Pumpkin Spice Just Caramels, yum.

Our Monster Marshmallow Pops need happy homes for Halloween! They're delicious and fluffy on the inside and a little spooky on the outside.

Halloween is approaching quickly! Come see what treats are under our spooky old tree...

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175 North Franklin, Lower Level
Chicago, IL

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 11:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:30
Thursday 11:00 - 17:30
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