Sweet: A Tasty Journey
Bishop Museum unveils the fun-filled and colorful world of candy
Honolulu, HI – Bishop Museum takes a nostalgic look at the confections beloved by generations of Americans in Sweet: A Tasty Journey, the museum’s newest incoming travelling exhibit. All ages are welcomed to be immersed in the history, fantasy and science behind the candy industry from March 12-May 30, 2016 in the Castle Memorial Building.
Visitors will embark on a journey through the many facets of candy where a mixture of interactive displays, larger-than-life models, games and learning stations reveal how candy is made, its cultural origins and the place it has taken in popular culture and in the imagination. With cutting edge technology combined with vintage candy vending machines, pieces of factory equipment, and rare relics from the past and present, there is something for every age to enjoy.
The first area of Sweet introduces guests to the ingredients which make up the world’s favorite confections. Visitors can step into the “Shanty”: a replica of a rainforest shanty where cocoa is collected and processed around the world. The “Factory” takes guests on an educational journey into the nuts and bolts of the candy and chocolate making process and tells the stories of real-life “Willy Wonkas” – the creators of some of our most beloved treats. Visitors will find a giant scale “Atomic Fireball” box which plays the jingles of favorite candy brands. Here, guests can test their knowledge of various candy tunes. Of course, the exhibit will also engage the taste buds. Groups can taste-test the latest wild and strange flavors from Jelly Belly’s Beanboozled Factory, or gaze upon exquisitely detailed Jelly Belly mosaics. At the center of the exhibit will stand the 20-foot “Rock Candy Mountain” which dazzles with interactive games, giant crystals and a working mine.
“Candy incites a special kind of joy in both old and young,” said Brad Evans, director of exhibits and production, Bishop Museum. “The Sweet exhibit will present a fun escape into the world of candy for Hawaii families, while also presenting a learning opportunity about the origins, production and memories we have come to love of our favorite treats.”