The best candy stores in NYC
At Economy Candy (open since 1937 and allegedly the oldest candy store in New York), you can grab things like Big League Chew, Turkish Taffy, candy cigarettes/cigars (for mom and dad!), Slush Puppy Dip-n-Lik, Pez dispensers and more—they even have Kosher options! It’s a great place to visit for themed birthday parties too, because you can pick up Disney-themed candy, Hello Kitty candy, Harry Potter candy and Star Wars candy. Prepare for a sugar rush.
This cool shop was founded in 1982 and provides great gourmet treats, including a wall (or two) of candy! Your whole crew will flip for handmade chocolates including chocolate-dipped fruit, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate peanut clusters and milk chocolate Oreo bark. 63 Hester St (212-598-0092, sweetlifeny.com).
Founded in 2001, Dylan’s has grown exponentially (and with good reason). Complete with every color and type of candy imaginable, you and the kiddos could spend hours filling your goodie bags. Dylan’s now even offers 3-D gummy printing! Whoa! Find Dylan’s original flagship on Third Ave and the Dylan’s Warhol Building shop in Union Square. 1011 Third Ave (646-735-0078) – 33 Union Square West (646-419-2000).
Prepare to up your dessert game at Handsome Dan's where candy AND sno cones are sold! Have you ever had a sno cone with pop rocks?? What are you waiting for! Want to make your very own candy? Dan's even offers candy-making classes. Visiting is really a no-brainer—visit their location in the East Village or Williamsburg for a guaranteed sugar rush.
186 1st Ave (917-965-2499) - 218 Bedford Ave (347-889-6683).
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.
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.
Here the selection of Scandinavian treats is dizzying—more than 140 different kinds fill the bins lining the walls. Kids will delight at filling their own bag of brightly colored candies, from sour octopi (sura blackfiskar) to salty licorice tigers (salta tiger huvud). And you can feel good about the fact that all of Sockerbit's sweets are free of trans fats and artificial colorings. FYI: sockerbit means "sugar cube" in Swedish. The storefront also carries pantry items (Swedish meatball mix, crisp bread and cloudberry jam) and designer ceramics.
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