The Candy Factory: Candy Maker to the Stars for over 34 Years

Madyson Zundel enjoys a Giant Lollypop in front of The Candy Factory on Magnolia in North Hollywood.

The Candy Factory in North Hollywood has been providing chocolates to the who’s who of Hollywood for over 34 years. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley had The Candy Factory create their wedding favors and Tom Hanks ate their chocolates in Forrest Gump. With over 20,000 candy molds and a variety of chocolates and packaging, The Candy Factory has the largest selection of candy-making supplies on the West Coast. They offer candy-making classes for children and adults, and were named one of the top 10 places to have a birthday party by Child Magazine. Owner Frank Sheftel has been called the “Real life Willy Wonka” — take one step inside and you’ll see why.

The Candy Factory also has edible photo chocolates where your picture is put on chocolate. From lollipops to picture frames, your image becomes incredibly delicious. A large selection of boxes and ribbons can also be personalized for any occasion. If you don’t want to make the candy yourself, The Candy Factory will gladly make whatever you can think of in chocolate for you.

From Roses to Rolls-Royces or Dolphins to Desks, The Candy Factory is ready to make your sweet fantasies a reality. For Valentine’s Day they have some great specials. A dozen fancy chocolate-dipped strawberries with a heart-shaped balloon are available for only $24. Or you can have your choice of a solid milk, dark, or white chocolate heart with a personalized message for only $10.95. You can also find a chocolate high heel shoe filled with rich tasty chocolate truffles; or how about an assortment of chocolate tools (hammer, screwdriver, wrench, pliers) for the handyman in your life? The choices are endless at The Candy Factory.

The Candy Factory owner Frank Sheftel with a few of the many items from his M&M Museum Collection. They can be viewed at the store in North Hollywood.

Owner Frank Sheftel also serves on the board of directors of The Thalians organization along with founders Debbie Reynolds and Ruta Lee. Last year he made chocolate bunnies for an event held at the Playboy Mansion honoring Hugh Hefner. The Candy Factory has donated literally tons of chocolates to charities including The Lythgoe Family’s and LA’s Best grand opening of Cinderella at El Portal Theatre in 2010 where Frank appeared onstage as “the royal golf caddy.” Rip Taylor’s white chocolate mustache has become one of Hollywood’s most coveted gifts.

And while you’re there, check out one of the largest M&M Museum Collections outside of Las Vegas: M&M lamps, radios, dispensers, dishes, watches, scarves, jackets and so much more. The Candy Factory has to be the sweetest place in town. Mention “The Tolucan Times” and get a free chocolate heart!

The Candy Factory is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.—5 p.m., and is located at 12508 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. For more information, call (818) 766-8220. How sweet it is!