Whimsical Candy

Whimsical Candy


If you are in downtown Chicago, then Whimsical Candy is worth the trip. Chris made it memorable for my kids with a chocolate tasting and a La-Dee-Dah s’more! I made sure to stock up some candy bars too. Thank you so much!
im in love ..😍
My son surprised me with a vegan treat sent to me from Whimsical Candy Kitchen & Store. THANK YOU ! It was very Good
Natural candy I love it
Stopped in to see an old friend's sister today and After 35+ years, she actually remembered me. I'm amazed at the successful woman she has become. If you're ever downtown near Franklin and Lake St you have to visit her Whimsical Kitchen and Candy store. She created the La-Dee-Dahs candy and they are amazing! It was great to see you Chris!

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.


Craving: Candy — a dreamy holiday crawl through Chicago’s sweets and confections purveyors

A huge thank you to Chicago Tribune for yesterday's feature in "Craving" along with other excellent and talented confectioners!


chicagotribune.com Our Craving series turns to dreams of candy and confections for the holidays.

Shoppers, we have been busy candy elves and we are ready for you! We have gift boxes, bags, and assortments for all the candy lovers on your lists. Our chocolate covered salty caramels, candy bars, as well as our customer favorite mint meltaways and almond butter crunch are all boxed up and tied with a bow, ready to be gifted. The classic 12 piece La-Dee-Dah assortment is flying off our shelves, too!
We can also put together custom boxes so come see us and we’ll help you with all your sweet gifts! 🎁

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It’s that time of year again and our Peppermint Bark is back! Our dark chocolate pairs perfectly with crushed peppermint candies and house made chocolate wafer cookies before being drizzled with white chocolate. This minty chocolate treat is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
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Happy Halloween from your resident “Cotton Candy Ladies!” It’s cold and dreary outside but those willing to brave the snowy weather will get 25% off our Halloween candy all day! Pick up some sour jelly pumpkins, monster pretzels, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and check out the rest of our ghoulish treats. Don’t forget to show us your costumes! 😉🎃👻
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Do you need something delicious for your Halloween party? Pre-order our special and seasonal “Whimsy Pies!” Our favorite chocolate cake recipe is paired with our luscious Italian meringue buttercream that’s flavored with real pumpkin and spices. These decadent little pies are sure to be a hit and will make your festivities memorable and delicious!

*preorder in multiples of 6 by 10/29 for 10/31 pickup*

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Caramel apples are ready. They sold out quickly last week so don’t delay! #caramelapples #seasaltcaramel #falltreats #spoilyourdinner #whimsicalcandy #smallbatch #handdipped #ohsogood #artisan

Chicago candy lovers, rainy day got you down? Stuck at your desk? Need to send a quick gift? Whimsical Candy can come to you with @UberEats! All of our classic housemade sweets and gift boxes are available for delivery on the UberEats app! #ubereats #seasaltcaramel #ladeedahs #chocolate #candybars #marshmallows #chocolatebark #candygifts #whimsicalcandy #spoilyourdinner

It may be gloomy outside, but it’s happy, colorful, and (slightly) spooky in our kitchen. We’ll be wrapping caramels, come say hi!

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Are you searching for a salty and sweet treat? We have just the thing. We wrap pretzel rods with our sea salty caramel, dip them in chocolate, then decorate with a gold chocolate drizzle and sprinkles (because, why not?) Swipe to see the end result or come on in to pick one up!
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Summer’s almost over but the delicious continues at Whimsical Candy! This Thursday we’re introducing our new Spicy Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Pop, dipped in decadent Callebaut Belgian Chocolate. Also, back by popular demand as an end-of-summer treat, our Frozen Hot Chocolate. See you Thursday! #chocolate #icecream #summer2019 #smallbatch #frozenhotchocolate #shopsmall #spicychocolate #whimsicalcandy #spoilyourdinner

Hello world, meet our newest Whimsical rockstar, the Cherry Bomb Ice Cream Sandwich 🍒 With vanilla ice cream, walnuts, Luxardo cherries, and almond essence, this sophisticated ice cream treat has a wild side and we are loving it!
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We are so proud to have partnered with PAWS for their inaugural Treat Yourself Restaurant Week event! We love our pets and we are happy to help other homeless pets in need. If you would like to help support PAWS, stop by our shop for a Peanut Butter Barknana ice cream sandwich, a treat for humans to benefit dogs and cats. #PAWStreatyourself

It's almost that time: Christmas in July is next week! We're bringing back our favorite summer holiday drink, Frozen Hot Chocolate, on next Thursday July 25th. Stop by for a cup of frosty chocolatey cheer topped with fluffy marshmallow and served with Christmas tunes!

We're on a Key Lime kick this summer and we're pretty happy about it! Stop by the shop for the return of our Key Lime Ice Cream sandwich with an improved graham crust coating and our Key Lime La-Dee-Dahs (not pictured)! Both are just the right amount of tart, perfect for a hot day. Available in-store only so come say hi!

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!

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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
Friday 11:00 - 17:30
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