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  • Almond and sea-salt chocolate bar at Mast Brothers

  • Chocolate Financiers at Colson Patisserie

  • 1,000-Year-Old Ice-Cream Sandwich at Xie Xie

  • Cookies at Downtown Cookie Co

  • Snickerdoodles at Tribeca Treats

  • Brewer's Blondie at Baked

  • Caramel-Chocolate Popcorn at Jacques Torres

  • Chestnut Cake Doughnut at the Doughnut Plant

Almond and sea-salt chocolate bar at Mast Brothers

Caramel-chocolate popcorn at Jacques Torres
This French chocolatier has a way with American classics. Jacques Torres elevates his caramel corn—bathed in a mixture of butter, sugar and honey, then drizzled with dark chocolate—with coarse sel gris, ensuring a lingering salinity with every bite. Locations throughout the city ( $7.

Brewer’s blondie at Baked
These brown-sugary, pecan-crammed bars are like grown-up butterscotch brownies with deep, caramel undertones from brewer’s malt, courtesy of neighboring Six Point Craft Ales. 359 Van Brunt St between Dikeman and Wollcott Sts, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-222-0345, $2.50.

Chocolate financiers at Colson Patisserie
The bite-size, buttery almond-flour cakes from Parisian pastry chef Yonatan Israel have a deliciously dark side: a nearly black bittersweet-chocolate ganache base. 374 9th St at Sixth Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-965-6400, Six for $5.

Cookies at Downtown Cookie Co
Baker Dan Guerrera makes chunky, palm-sized cookies even better than Mom’s. The walnut chocolate chip—crunchy, chewy, all-American—will get you jonesing; the almond-stippled thumbprint, cradling a small pool of raspberry jam, will have you hooked. 646-486-3585, A dozen for $24, plus delivery.

Chestnut cake doughnut at the Doughnut Plant
’Tis the season for the unofficial doughnut of Christmas. For this buoyant cake number, frymaster Mark Isreal incorporates chestnuts (roasted and shelled on-site) into both the batter and fragrant glaze of his most festive creation to date. 379 Grand St at Norfolk St (212-505-3700, $2.25.

Snickerdoodles at Tribeca Treats
A toasty, cinnamon-flecked crust gives way to a tender, airy interior that tastes of butter, dough and sugar. How can a cookie so simple taste this good? 94 Reade St between Church St and West Broadway (212-571-0500, $1.

Almond and sea-salt chocolate bar at Mast Brothers
These small-batch dark-chocolate bars—made in a Williamsburg factory using Madagascar cocoa beans—are paved with fragments of olive-oil-roasted almonds and coarse fleur de sel. 105A North 3rd St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-2625, $7.

1,000-year-old ice cream sandwich at Xie Xie
A playful take on China’s 1,000-year-old egg, this confection—thin cacao-nib cookies sandwiching satiny caramel ice cream—simulates the telltale black yolk with a hidden center of liquid burnt caramel. 645A Ninth Ave at 45th St (212-265-2975, $5.

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