It’Sugar Brings the World’s Largest Box of Nerds to Gaithersburg

The candy chain opens its second Washington location on Monday.

From candy collections to 27-pound gummy snakes, It’Sugar is full of sweet treats. Image via Shutterstock.

Just in time for Halloween, the gigantic candy shop It’Sugar opens in Gaithersburg on Monday. The international chain from the founders of Dylan’s Candy Bar debuts in the Washingtonian Center development, making it the second Washington branch after the Chinatown location. 

The 2,351-square-foot confectionery stocks more than 1,000 kinds of sweets, from throwbacks like Pop Rocks and Sugar Babies to various gummies, chocolates, and a line inspired by Marilyn Monroe called “It’s me, Sugar!” Less trick-or-treat-friendly—but appropriate for a Halloween sugar orgy—is a collection of giant candies, including “the world’s largest” boxes of Nerds, SweeTarts, and Pop Rocks, a five-pound gummy bear, and a fruit-flavored “party python” that clocks in at eight feet and weighs more than a cocker spaniel. Also in the mix: novelty gifts such as lip balms scented like doughnuts or mac and cheese, apparel with candy logos, and more. Ever wanted a stick-on lip tattoo of candy dots? Here’s your chance. 

It’Sugar. 216 Boardwalk Pl., Gaithersburg; 301-527-0646. 

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.