The “IKEA” in Coquitlam has increased their food prices. Where it was once $5.99 for 15 meatballs it is now $6.99 for 10. The food was never that good, but you kept going back for more because you appreciated the value, and the distance a dollar brought you. So having learned this, we couldn’t will ourselves back to their cafeteria knowing we once paid less and got more for what little they were willing to give now.
So instead, this visit we took advantage of their new bulk candy bins. This was a new feature in their grocery section. A wall of plastic bins holding over 48 different types of Swedish gummies, chocolates, liquorice, and hard candies. It’s the same concept as any bulk shopping. You self serve with a scoop and bag, picking and choosing only that which you want. But here you can mix and match as they all have the same price: $1.99 per pound. And no need to record the separate bin numbers. The only challenge was picking between them all. A took a good 20 minutes cataloging all that they had and what I would want. I was unfamiliar with Swedish candy, but just judging them based on looks was pretty tempting.
Octopus shaped liquorice, fried egg shaped gummies, cola bottles and squishy hearts. A yard long snake, a spool of rainbow rope, green frogs, and primary coloured mice. Crispy chocolate balls, harden marshmallow cubes, gummies shaped like race cars, and social media themed candy. Just to name a few. I was familiar with most of them, as I have visited “Karameller”, the Swedish candy store operating in Yaletown. They carried all the same candies before me now, but and much more. Their collection was double this one as well. But you couldn’t beat the price here.
To pay you first weigh, using the self serve scale to your right. You place your bulging paper bag on the scale and push a button. The weight is recorded and it is priced based on it. A label prints out for you to stick on your bag. I used mine to seal it in the process. You then take it all to their grocery till to pay.
Would I come back? – No.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
It was fun to sort through the candy and pop random ones into your mouth. A progress of tasting and trying to see what you liked and didn’t. I spat out a few and only bit into some. For the most part they all were fairly tasty, but not all that fresh. Most required excessive chewing, with plenty of bits getting stuck in the cracks of your molars. Good candy at a decent price, but you get what you pay for. Great for a party mix, but otherwise nothing I would go back for. If I am going to eat empty calories it will be with candies that I enjoy a lot more. Don’t deny your cravings.