Enter The Dragon
Have you checked out Rocket Fizz? While the Burbank store hardly originated the idea of selling every retro candy and soda pop available–shout outs to Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park and Powell’s Sweet Shop in Belmont Shores (and 17 other locations)–I’ve been so overdue to check it out that, while I slept they’ve expanded to branches in:
- Burbank, CA
- Camarillo, CA
- Campbell, CA
- Pasadena, CA
- Sherman Oaks, CA
- Simi Valley, CA
- Thousand Oaks, CA
- Valencia, CA
- Ventura, CA
- Westchester-Playa Del Rey, CA
- Westlake Village, CA
- Woodland Hills-Calabasas, CA
- Las Vegas, NV
- Lincoln, NE (2)
- Phoenix, AZ
I shot so many pictures that I uploaded them all to a flickr album here
(also link from the photo).
Four out of Five Dentists Agree: We Need The Business ;)
Galco’s, Powell’s, and Rocket Fizz all have their merits–Rocket Fizz’s strengths lie in a few interesting aspects:
1) They have undoubtedly one of the biggest arrays of “salt water” taffy flavors I’ve ever seen–at least two dozen (above)–with flavors like Mango, Lemon Meringue and my daughter’s favorite, Cotton Candy. The miracle of science!
2) In addition to full ranges of many retro and esoteric soda companies, they have their own line of sodas with flavors like Green Apple Jalapeno.
3) They offer not just the expected retro candies, novelty toys and metal signs, but also modern international candies, including a good sampling of British Cadbury varieties like Yorkie and Flake, and some Japanese treats including even a sampler of their offbeat KitKat flavors (not cheap, but unique). I’d be thrilled if they got even deeper into International candy varieties.
Rocket Fizz is not just for kids. Even more serious foodies (and certainly mixologists) can find inspiration here. Check it out sometime.