This is the closest you’ll ever get to a real-life Willy Wonka factory.
For a limited time, dessert and lolly museum Sugar Republic has sprung up in Melbourne and is a homage to all your favourite sweet treats. Fairy floss, gum balls, ice-cream, sherbet, cake – if it’s bad for your teeth, you can guarantee it’s featured in one of the 14 brightly coloured rooms.
But where to begin your sweets sojourn? Perhaps begin by crossing a technicolour bridge filled with sherbet before climbing inside the life-size gumball machine. Then stroll through a forest of enormous inflatable bananas (both a divisive lolly and a delicious ice-cream topping), engage with the interactive sprinkles wall and finally snap a strongly encouraged selfie in front of giant iterations of two of Australia’s favourite ice-creams, the Bubble O Bill and Gaytime.
And if the sensory overload wasn’t already enough, you can really please your sweet tooth by indulging in some of the free lollies and ice-cream on offer.
The exhibition, inside the former MacRobertson’s confectionary factory on Fitzroy’s Smith Street, is only for just eight weeks, until 17 August.
Tickets are only available through the website so book ahead to make sure you dessert dreams are realised.