Killing Time In Times Square – CollectingCandy-Style!

I had a full day yesterday, which culminated in an early evening meeting at the West Way diner in Hell’s Kitchen.  I was in midtown a bit early, and found myself with 90 minutes to kill in the Times Square area.  Thinking about CollectingCandy, I decided to see if there were any candy offerings that might be unique to the area that I could pick up.  I turned up a couple.

The first thing I found were a pair of souvenir chocolate bars at the Times Square Toys R Us.  For those that have never visited the location, Toys R Us in Times Square is as much attraction as it is retail establishment.  There’s even a working Ferris wheel inside the store!    Here are the bars I picked up there:

Times Square Toys R Us Souvenir Chocolate bars.

I also stopped at the Wonka store, which is a store-within-a-store on the main level of Toys R Us.   Most of what I saw were the Wonka products I’m already well-aware of, but I saw what I thought were two new flavors/versions of Wonka Kazoozles.

The Strawberry/Watermelon flavor appeared to be brand new, but the Cherry Punch also seemed to be a new “4 Ropes” version:

Times Square Wonka Kazoozles

I didn’t snap any pictures of the Wonka store yesterday, but I did last year, and I thought readers might be interested to see them.

Wonka Store – Wide Shot

Wonka Store – Laffy Taffy

Wonka Store – Mushroom Bulk

Wonka Store – Mushroom Bulk Alternate

Wonka Store Strange Things

Wonka Store Nerds

Wonka Store Checkout Counter

I had time for one other quick stop before my meeting, so I stepped into the strange and exotic world that is the Times Square Hello Kitty Store.   My visit was brief, and I walked out with these packs of gum:

Times Square Hello Kitty Gum

And that’s how I was able to kill 90 minutes in Times Square yesterday, CollectingCandy-style.

See you next time!

[Note:  The Times Square photos at the top of today's post were not from yesterday - but were snapshots I've taken at different points over the last year or so.]

 

About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com. My Google Profile+
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4 Responses to Killing Time In Times Square – CollectingCandy-Style!

  1. Brandon says:

    Love those Toys R Us bars! I have not seen them here, so must be a NYC exclusive, as the labels would imply.

  2. alainsane says:

    Wow! 30 dollars on Hello Kitty gum? That shows some fierce dedication to candy collecting! :-D

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