One thing that all my family members know about me is that I take my candy extremely seriously. A few months ago, I profiled two places (PDF link) in Taipei that are also very earnest about their 糖果 (it’s always nice to meet people who have their priorities in order!). They are this city’s branch of Papabubble and VVG Bon Bon.
Papabubble Taiwan has a very interesting back story. Owner Ann Lin (林怡蕙) first met the founders of the Papabubble candy brand when she was a university student in Melbourne. A decade later, she was contemplating a career change when she stumbled upon news of her old friends, who had moved to Spain.
After corresponding with them for a year, Ann and her sister flew out to Barcelona to learn candy-making techniques and, upon their return, opened their own Papabubble store off Renai Rd. The candy is made with all-natural flavors, so they actually taste like the fruit they are supposed to represent. My favorites are the blackcurrant pillow candy that is stuffed with chocolate and the passionfruit hard candy. The store has a generous sampling policy and you can watch staff members make candy every day (call ahead to confirm times).
VVG Bon Bon
VVG Bon Bon is part of the VVG restaurant chain and was created as a fantasy land for sugar lovers. The highlight of the menu is dainty little cupcakes (they are made smaller and “purer” in texture than US cupcakes to cater to Taiwanese tastes). Candy imported from around the world is sold by weight, and other treats include macarons, homemade jams and jellies, dried fruit and chocolate. The interior looks like a miniature versions of Versailles, with a giant mirror, kitsch/rococco decor and lots of pink! Every person I saw there had a camera in tow.
Check out my article (link above) for address info. I’ll be posting about another candy store soon, so make sure to hit the gym and keep tuned in!