SHOP NEW YORK
by Melissa Kravitz
|NYC is basically Candyland –credit|
Whether or not you’ve outgrown trick-or-treating, October is always the perfect season to indulge your sweet tooth. New York City is home to plenty of sweet and special candy shops; from homemade chocolates to international sugary selections, use the Halloween spirit to justify your upcoming NYC candy binge!
When many people think about candy and NYC, their minds (and mouths) go directly to Economy Candy on the Lower East Side. From floor to ceiling, since 1937, this sweets warehouse has pretty much every type of candy for any dessert and every diet. From kosher gummies to Statue of Liberty chocolates to dried fruits and nuts, you can purchase your trick or treat giveaways or personal feasts in bulk at this vintage candy shop with an overwhelming, and highly satisfying, selection.
|Who needs curtains when you can use candy? –credit|
Known as the sweetest spot in DUMBO, Dewey’s Candy is a retro candy shop full of old and new favorites. Re-live your childhood and fill up a beach pail with nostalgic wrapped sweets like wax lips, Red Vines, Pop Rocks, chocolate cigarettes (questionably not for children), and many more once popular candies. You can also purchase candies by weight, such as chocolate covered gummy bears, toffee, sour gummies, and so much more. Bring a friend or a date, load up on sweet favorites, and head to Brooklyn Bridge Park to enjoy your loot in the fall breeze.
|The wall to ceiling candy always lures me in to Dewey’s —credit|
For those with a more refined sweet tooth, Mast Brothers Chocolate is New York’s own Willy Wonka factory. The two tall, red-bearded brothers make chocolate from scratch, using equipment and methods that they developed themselves. The finished product is not overly sweet, but rich and flavorful, and sold as a variety of $7 chocolate bars utilizing international cacao beans from New Guinea, Belize or Madagascar to create different flavor profiles. Along with being able to see (and smell!) the Williamsburg factory produce chocolate, the front shop sells cookies, truffles, and stylish tote bags made from sacks that once held imported cacao.
|The artist-designed and hand-wrapped bars are beautiful and delicious –credit|
Sockerbit, which means sugar cube in Swedish, brings international sweets to the West Village. The pristine white and shiny Scandinavian shop features endless varieties of marshmallows, licorice, chocolates, and chewy candies that can be purchased by weight. Their selection of “smågodis”, which translates into little candies, is GMO and trans-fat free, as well as naturally colored, and the candy selection changes seasonally. Stopping in for a skumbåtar, Lakritsbitar, Hallonshots, Lysmelk, or even a good old sour gummy, can make even the glummest of fall days seem better.
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New to Bleecker Street is London Candy Company, a small British-themed shop which encourages you to “keep calm and eat candy.” An abundance of chocolate Cadbury creations –– such as the famed cream eggs –– are available here, as well as international editions of your favorite American candy bars, like Kit Kats.
|It’s a West Village British Invasion! –credit|
In both Manhattan and Brooklyn, Jacques Torres Chocolate, reigns supreme as the king of confection. Truffles, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and chocolate bars all melt in your mouth with a level of perfection impossible in mass-produced chocolate products. For a sweet splurge, join the year-long chocolate club ($540), which will provide you with a curated selection of chocolates every month.
The hot chocolate served in stores is rich and creamy –– a warm dessert in a cup –– ideal any time of year. If you can’t make it to the store, the hot chocolate mix is also available for sale online.
|Everything at Jacque Torres is beyond fantastic –credit|
If you’ve ever known an NYC tourist, chances are they bolted toward Dylan’s Candy Bar first chance they got. From candy cocktails to candy-themed baked goods and a massive selection of candy itself, this tri-level candy department store has established a cult following. Stop in for a gumball or rainbow lollipop, or choose themed party favors and all of your holiday gifts from the massive selection.
|Inside the candy-themed world of Dylan’s –credit|
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