For candy enthusiasts, Candy Planet in Battaramulla is the holy grail - not only is it affordable but you will find every imaginable type of candy there. It is probably as close as we Sri Lankans will ever get to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
Whether it's long sugary strips of sour candy, huge lollipops, giant kisses, flavoured gummy bears, rabbit-shaped marshmallows, jawbreakers, tubes that you can squeeze and eat gel-like candy out of, rolls of bubblegum that you can unroll and break off like cellotape, Harry Potter themed wizard world candy, Spongebob's krabby patty candy, Willy Wonka's fantastical candy - you will find it all here.
Kaushal, who runs the place, was highly amused by my running around the store, occasionally squealing in excitement over some amazing piece of candy. He's super friendly and will take you on a tour through all the different, crazy kinds of candy in the store if you ask.
The gummy bears are one of the most popular purchases and they come in a large variety of flavours. Almost all the candy in the store has been imported from the United States - there is a section of the gummy bears that is specially imported from Turkey, to appease the candy lovers who are concerned about Halal gelatin.
M&Ms and Chocolate Rocks are also extremely popular with Candy Planet customers. The gummy bears are generally Rs. 350 for 100g and the sour strips cost Rs. 450 for 100g - but buying 100g isn't a must, half of that for half the price is enough to munch on when in the mood for something sweet or sour. The other types of candy go for as low as Rs. 80 to Rs. 150. If you want, you can get a mix of all the flavours of a type of candy, like an assortment of orange and mango gummy bears and worms for example - instead of just one flavour. Boring people can also opt for classic Hershey's and Cadbury's also available at the store.
Here are some pictures to take you through Candy Planet.
The store is colourful and the candy is wacky and whimsical - an ideal spot to take your kids out to, but really, the place is enough to bring the kid out in just about anybody.
Try not to fall over yourself from excitement.