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Halloween happily gives us an excuse to eat lots of sweets. And if you’re looking for something a bit more special for trick-or-treaters, co-workers, a friend or yourself, check out this list of the best candy stores in New York City.
Coney Island is generally a summer destination, but why not make the journey to visit Williams Candy, more than 75 years old. If you’re after something with a traditional carnival vibe, this is your spot. Fudge, caramel apples, cotton candy, popcorn – it’s all here, in a variety of shapes and sizes. Just try not to eat it all before you get home.
From the old to the new trying to look old, Fferins of Brooklyn makes a convincing effort of looking antiquated, but it opened in 2018. It specializes in British sweet treats and has an entire range of Harry Potter goodies on offer, as well as other British staple brands such as Cadbury, Maltesers and more.
If you’re in the East Village and ask around about the best place to go for candy or anything sugary, most residents will point you in the direction of Ray’s Candy Store. Opened by Ray Alverez in 1974, it has won multiple awards and featured in films such as Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) and TV shows such as Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Once again, the candy on offer is loveably retro in theme, making it perfect for the spooky season.
Philip’s Candy resided in Coney Island before relocating to Staten Island. It has cultivated such a strong reputation over the years that Coney Islanders will happily make the journey to Staten Island to pick up the flavored popcorn, candy-dipped apples and other OG sweets that the store still offers.
Callum Davies contributed additional reporting to this article.