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Candy stores for NYC kids

Satisfy little sweet tooths at these eight candy shops.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Candy Rush

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Candy Rush

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    Candy Rush

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    Dewey's Candy

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    Dewey's Candy

  • Photograph: Donald Yip

    Dewey's Candy

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    Dylans Candy Bar

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    Dylans Candy Bar

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    Economy Candy

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    Economy Candy

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    London Candy Company

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    London Candy Company

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    Papabubble

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Papabubble

  • Williams Candy

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Candy Rush


Aigner Chocolates
This Forest Hills candy kitchen has been sating the confectionary cravings of Queens residents since 1930. Upon entering the tiny shop, kids are greeted by the scent of wafting cocoa and by helpful staff who guide them through the process of choosing the delights in front of them. Austrian chocolates crafted with rich centers are the shop's centerpieces, but tots who'd rather save their choco-fixes for a Hershey's bar can try vibrantly hued marzipan creations instead. 103-02 Metropolitan Ave at 71st Rd, Forest Hills, Queens (718-544-1850, aignerchocolates.com)

The Candy Rush

A burgeoning stretch of Prospect Heights has become a bit more kid-friendly thanks to the recent arrival of the Candy Rush. In this cheerful brick-walled space, families can linger over Blue Marble ice cream sundaes topped with crushed Oreos, and gigantic, freshly baked doughnuts from Dough in Clinton Hill. The best surprise, however, is the array of vintage confections. After the brood's been properly introduced to sweets like Gobstoppers and Slap Stix, they can stave off the sugar high with a few rides up and down the slide out back. 733 Franklin Ave between Park and Sterling Pls, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-676-2028, thecandyrushnyc.com)

Dewey's Candy

Alison "Dewey" Oblonsky's white-walled candy lair brims with old-fashioned charm, from the whimsical lollipop chandelier above to the barrels and jars of sweets reminiscent of a general store. Despite its small size, Dewey's is well-stocked with childhood classics such as Nerds, Pixy Stix and Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, but Oblonsky has a brazen side, too. For Halloween, she's going all out with orange Pop Rocks, gummy candy corn and bags of "blood" filled with cherry juice. Little ones may never settle for mini Snickers bars again. 141 Front St at Pearl St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-422-1333, deweyscandy.com)

Dylan's Candy Bar

Halloween is just another excuse to pay a visit to this treats emporium, long a haven for kids in search of Starburst cubes and colorful whirly pops. This month, they can get into the ghoulish holiday spirit with a Zombie Broken Bones bar (Belgian milk chocolate mixed with pretzel rods) or a candy cup teeming with an assortment of Blow Pops, Sixlets, Smarties and Fun Dips. For a super-special treat, try the Haunted Halloween sundae—pumpkin ice cream laden with caramel, hot fudge and candy corn. 1011 Third Ave at 60th St (646-735-0078, dylanscandybar.com)

Economy Candy

Licorice rolls, gumballs, and Pez dispensers prove that Economy Candy, a no-frills Lower East Side icon since 1937, stays true to its corner-candy-store roots. Amid the floor-to-ceiling inventory young sweet tooths can find refuge in an assortment of Jelly Belly candies, while hand-dipped almond bark reflects the high-end tastes of a shifting neighborhood. Pair an excursion here with a field trip to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and a pastrami sandwich at Katz's, and tykes will get a history lesson to boot. 108 Rivington St between Essex and Ludlow Sts (212-254-1531, economycandy.com)

The London Candy Company

Good luck getting budding Anglophiles to leave this Upper East Side candy mecca, a shrine to the not-typically-seen sweets savored by boys and girls across the pond. Not surprisingly, candy giant Cadbury has a starring role among the well-known United Kingdom imports—Tootsie Roll hankerings need to be indulged elsewhere—but you'll also stumble upon novelties. Strands of strawberry-flavored Loopy Laces, squishy Jelly Babies, and cocoa cream--filled Happy Hippo biscuits, for example, may leave curious kids clamoring for a trip to Buckingham Palace instead of Disney World. 1442 Lexington Ave at 94th St (212-427-2129, thelondoncandycompany.com)

Papabubble

You'd go broke if you planned to pass out Papabubble candy to the flood of trick-or-treaters at your door on All Hallows Eve, yet on special occasions, precocious palates will appreciate a visit to this Barcelona-based boutique. More sleek science lab than joyful romper room, this is not the place to stockpile Banana Splits and Wax Lips. Instead, there are lollipops and candy rings crafted from a mix of sugar, water, glucose, and bright flavors like strawberry and cherry. Call ahead to ensure that your family's Papabubble outing coincides with staff whipping up fresh candy la Willy Wonka. 380 Broome St between Mott and Mulberry Sts (212-966-2599, papabubbleny.com)

Williams Candy

A day at the beach isn't the only reason to head to Coney Island. Instead of a sand pail, bring an appetite the next time you're boardwalk-bound to indulge in the wares of Williams Candy (open year-round), the nostalgic shop next to Nathan's. A piece of fudge or a lollipop may seem like a fitting end to a filling lunch of hot dogs and crinkle fries, but your crew will want to save room for one of Williams's more retro-inspired specialties: shiny caramel apples coated in sprinkles, or sticks of fluffy campfire marshmallows dipped in chewy caramel and peanuts. 1318 Surf Ave at W 15th St, Coney Island, Brooklyn (718-372-0302, candytreats.com).


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