Commercial Drive Licorice Parlour


Products and Services

  • Locally Made Hula Hoops,
  • Snort Chocolate,
  • Selection Candy Chocolate,
  • Baked Goods Waffle,
  • Cupcake,
  • Import Licorice,
1002 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W9
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Meet the owner

As we get older and the years go by, it’s always nice to recall fond memories from our childhood and come across items that bring us back to those carefree, playful days. That’s exactly what happens when you step into the Commercial Drive Licorice Parlour: you feel just like a kid in a candy store! The shop opened in 2012 and specializes in imported licorice and hard-to-find retro candy that will transport you back in time. It’s no wonder adults make up about 95 percent of its clientele, according to manager Amanda Swan.

“A lot of people who grew up in Europe come in here and are really happy to be able to find licorice from back home,” Amanda explains. “And we carry a lot of nostalgic candies like Popeye cigarettes and Taffy. We want to garner some nostalgia from people by carrying items that remind them of their childhood.”

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    Liquorice, hula-hoops and gluten-free waffles might seem like an odd combination, but somehow it all comes together at this beloved confectionary shop on Commercial Drive. Owner Mary Jean Dunsdon (who goes by the nickname Watermelon) keeps her candy shop stocked with nostalgic treats: glass jars filled with colourful strings of imported liquorice, locally made hula hoops and house-baked quinoa waffles. Spend $25 at this sweet spot during the Shop the Neighbourhood event and you’ll receive a complimentary hot waffle with butter and maple syrup. Enjoy your waffle immediately or pick up a voucher to redeem it later.

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