Traffic jams can be a good thing: During a recent snail?s-pace crawl on South Santa Monica Boulevard, we discovered Sugarfina, a new sweets boutique with 140 international candy brands, a third of which can?t be found anywhere else in the U.S.
After swerving into a parking spot, we investigated. The Tiffany-blue-lacquered box of a shop is a geography lesson for the sweet-toothed set: German gummy mangoes and apple frogs, fire-engine-red licorice sticks from Finland and sugar flowers inspired by Japan?s sakura blossoms.
Easter-appropriate fare beckoned as we surveyed pastel sugar-coated robin?s-egg caramels, egg-shaped marzipan lemon cakes and, for grown-ups, Champagne gummy nonpareils that burst in your mouth like France?s finest.
Tiffany-blue gift boxes, which match the decor, are at the ready for you to customize. We opted for one filled with all alcohol-laden candies, such as single-malt-whisky balls, Cuba libre spiced-rum-and-cola gummies and chocolate absinthe.
We stashed our boozy treats in the car trunk so as not to be tempted and drove off with a gummy farm of piglets and cows in the center console, pacified no matter what traffic lay ahead.
Sugarfina Beverly Hills, 9495 S. Santa Monica Blvd.; 855-784-2734 or sugarfina.com