I visited 16 dedicated lolly shops, in my search for the best, in and around Brisbane, in 2015. Tom's Confectionery Warehouse at Hendra, won the prize for largest range of pre-packed lollies and chocolates. Tom's is huge (the biggest confectionery shop in Australia, according to its webpage), and has been a favourite in my family for years, because it has something for everyone. It's also open every day (except Christmas day) from 8am-9pm.
The prize for largest range of pick-and-mix, goes to Yr Lollie Shop at Redcliffe. Pick-and-mix is essential for those times, when I want just 1-2 lollies of each kind. I was delighted by the variety, which included goodies like chocolate covered spearmint leaves, chocolate covered snakes, and chocolate covered jelly babies. I found the spoons and tongs provided to extract the lollies, much more efficient than the scraper tools used in some of the other shops I visited.
The prize for best all-rounder, goes to World of Lollies (Worldwide Lollies) at Underwood. They had a large range of pre-packed lollies and chocolates, plus a small selection of pick-and-mix. I was also fascinated by some of the more exotic items on offer, like the sweet and sour peach or papaya, and the spicy salty mango from China. Sweetmans Lolly Shop at Augustine Heights was another good all-rounder, although the smallest container available for the main pick-and-mix selection, cost $9.95.
Other shops with a large range of pre-packed lollies and chocolates, were Chocolate Boulevard and The Sweet Zone, both located in the city, Lollyworld at Lawnton, Kellys Candy Co. at Salisbury, and The Ole Lollie Shop at Redcliffe. At Chocolate Boulevard, I bought a yummy lemon truffle from the chocolate display at the counter, and at Kellys, I checked out the giant round white marshmallows used for making s'mores, a delicious treat from America.
Shops with a large range of pick-and-mix lollies and chocolates, included Sweets at Indooroopilly, the Candy Time kiosks at Chermside and Carindale, and Sweetheart Confectionery at Stafford. Sweethearts was the only lolly shop that offered ice-cream in a cone, bringing back lovely memories from my childhood. The Lolly Shop at St Lucia (University of Queensland Campus), and The Great Aussie Sweet Company at South Bank, also had a great range. I couldn't resist the giant jaffas at The Great Aussie Sweet Company, although it was difficult to have a conversation with one of these in my mouth. Next time I'll try their giant smarties, and chocolate bullets.
Another shop worth mentioning is New Farm Confectionery. Although the range of lollies and chocolates offered is relatively small, I was tempted by several items, including the salted caramel lollipops.
Many shops I visited had Australian, and overseas products. Click on shop names for links to websites providing best available on-line information (e.g. address, opening hours, products).
I wonder what places had the better prices across a range of items compared against each other. Considering these sort of places are usually pretty expensive, it would be nice to know they aren't overcharging people just because they have such a large range. Hope they are reasonable prices. If they are .. sweet.
Thanks everyone for your comments. I did the review because I couldn't find this information when I searched on google for the best lolly shops in Brisbane. I was surprised to find so many good ones, and hope others find this information helpful. It was a good opportunity to eat my favourite treats, and to try some new products, like nougat ... delicious. I was a little disappointed by some of the licorice allsorts I bought though. They were hard as rocks, although it's possible that some people prefer them like this. If you find any other great lolly shops out there, please post them here, so we can visit them too. All the best.