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Monday, June 23, 2014

Penis Lollipops and Other Delights at Papabubble in Hayes Valley

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge It's $15, and it looks like you smoke weed out of it. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • It's $15, and it looks like you smoke weed out of it.

Just in time for Pride, a new Hayes Valley candy store called Papabubble is selling $15 lollipops in the shape of the male anatomy. In the event that you weren't desperate to suck on one of these things -- which, in their packaging, look kind of like utensils for cannabis consumption -- there's plenty more in this polychromatic sweet shop.

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The Spanish chain has only two other locations in the United States, in New York and L.A., and it's high-end atmosphere is a fit with the rest of Hayes Valley's upscale retail. (No Bazooka Joe here; it's more like a Flight 001 for hard candy.) Granted, it's pretty easy for this type of thing to fall flat with adults, especially in this 72 percent-bittersweet-chocolate kind of town. The overwhelming glucosity and saccharinitude isn't always a selling point. So Papabubble has some interesting flavors such as Lime Chili & Salt and Sparkling Wine along with the usual fruits and berries, shaped either like tiny pillows or as cylindrical bits with visual clues about what flavor it is.

click to enlarge Space-age packaging manages to be colorful and futuristic-silvery at the same time. - PETE KANE
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  • Space-age packaging manages to be colorful and futuristic-silvery at the same time.
click to enlarge Papabubble faces the giant construction site that used to be the Hayes Valley Farm. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • Papabubble faces the giant construction site that used to be the Hayes Valley Farm.
click to enlarge A laboratory of color behind the counter. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • A laboratory of color behind the counter.

At about $5 for a 50 gram bag, it's hardly a bulk bag of starlight mints, but the space-age packaging makes this better for gifts. Or you could dissolve them in a bottle of vodka to infuse it. And watching the candy-maker at work, plying the taffy and cutting it with a genuinely enormous pair of shears, satisfies the curiosity. Papabubble is as pleasing to the eye as it is sweet on the tooth.

And with rainbow-colored candy dicks.

Papabubble, 488 Fell St. 355-1188.

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