So, Jerusalem. Obviously you are there to see the Old City and all of it's religious history. Within the walls of the Old City there are four quarters (Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Armenian) with a maze of vendors selling various items in and around them. The shops in the Muslim quarter reminded me of the souks in the Medina in Marrakech. These little shops and stands are inside of the old city walls, tourists walk up and down the alleyways browsing the various items while shop owners try to talk them into their stores to haggle and purchase. It's crowded, fragrant, busy and mesmerizing. It was also the last place I expected to find candy.
After walking around two quarters trying to remember my Bible stories, I started to feel tired, hungry and
|Can I get a sneeze guard?|
|So no lids. That's how we're doing this?|
|white chocolate covered dried pears|
|white chocolate covered hazelnuts with coconut flakes|
|white chocolate covered dried lemon|
I also caved and dug deeeep into the bottom of the bin for one of my favorite gummy candies: strawberry and cream licorice. I cannot resist these (cylinders? ropes? straws? sticks?) whatever they're called, in any form.
|I see you, baby|
Pleasantly surprised, newly interested, and happily invigorated, I left the Old City to tour around the streets and shops of the "New City" in Jerusalem. And that's where I found it, THE spot for candy in Jerusalem:
Yahtzeeeeee! This store had everything: bulk candy, gummies, bulk chocolates, wrapped candies, chocolate bars, packaged hard candies-you name it. It was a veritable candy-smorgasbord.
A lot of these candies I had seen or tasted before so there wasn't an immediate need to buy anything. And again, with the open air style here I just couldn't bring myself to scoop up candy that had been sitting out in the open...in low bins. They did have wrapped chocolate bars from around the world though. Some familiar like Toffifay, Baci, Cadbury, Milka, and Lindt and some not like the Israeli chocolate bars I wrote about in my Tel Aviv post. So where do you find this glorious Wonka-store in Jerusalem? The store is called Ami Haim Candies and the address is Agripas 46. You're welcome.
In sum, if you are heading to Jerusalem for a religious pilgrimage, don't fear, they also have candy. Keep this in mind as you wander around the Old City taking in the sights but don't be tempted into buying candy in the Old City, try to hold out for Ami Haim and you'll be glad you did.