There is something about historic candy stores that I love (turn-of-the-century ice cream parlors too). The funny thing is that I don't really want the candy, I just like looking at everything.
There's an old-style candy store on Santa Cruz's Beach Boardwalk called Marini's. It's been there forever and has one of those old taffy pulling machines in a window so you can watch the taffy being made right before your eyes. I could stand there and watch the glistening sugar pull all day (especially if its pink).
What's really funny is that I can't recall the taste of saltwater taffy because I've maybe tried it once or twice. Like I said, I don't want to eat the candy I just want to look at it.
I guess that's a very literal definition of the term "eye candy" isn't it?