With Halloween just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about where you’ll buy your candy. Whether it’s for trick-or-treaters, office gifts, a friend, or just for yourself to celebrate the season, one of the best parts about October is that it gives us an excuse to eat lots and lots of sweets. And while yes, you could go to your nearest deli or drugstore and buy a few bags of M&M’s (and there is nothing wrong with this – M&M’s are delicious), perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more special. So if you have a sweet tooth, check out this list of the best candy stores in New York City.
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Economy Candy is theclassic, old-school candy shop in town, and since opening in 1937, it’s always been overflowing with candies from floor to ceiling. If you want to buy Halloween candy in bulk, here’s where to do it – particularly if you’re looking for something other than Snickers and M&M’s. Economy Candy is bursting with all those retro candies you thought you could never find, plus special Halloween deals like a five-pound bag of mixed fun size chocolate bars for $18 or an eight-pound bag of mixed candy for $20.
The full name of Handsome Dan’s is enough to draw anyone inside, and once in, you’ll be delighted by all the sweets. It’s another old-school-style candy shop with everything you need to stock up for Halloween, but while you’re there, don’t miss some of their specialties. The snocones are, not surprisingly, amazing – you can get a snocone with pop rocks, thyme, rose and pomegranate, or chilis, just to name a few.
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Baked By Melissa
If you’ve never tasted a miniature cupcake the size of a quarter, then you haven’t lived – or at least you haven’t been to Baked By Melissa. This NYC institution now has shops all over the city, and they’re still known for the tiny cupcakes that made them famous. Though this isn’t technically a candy shop, it’s still a sweet shop where you can stock up on a bunch of small little Halloween treats, and along with their classic flavors, they’re currently selling ‘cornbread crumble’ and ‘pumpkin spice’ as part of their fall collection. Trick-or-treaters or people in the office probably won’t mind mini cupcakes over candy.
Another spot that is sure to make you feel nostalgic for your childhood, The Sweet Life opened in 1982, and it hasn’t changed a bit. They serve cheap candy by the bulk out of those jars you thought didn’t exist anymore, and they even make chocolates in the store. The homemade goods include some exotic sweets – from colored gum balls that change the color of your mouth to chocolate-covered marshmallow lollipops. Plus, if you’re a licorice fan, they sell 23 varieties of black licorice alone – perfect for Halloween festivities.
A fun, quirky vintage candy shop, Sugar Shop has all your favorite classic candies. For Halloween, you can get seasonal specialties like Pumpkin Patch Orange Pop Rocks or candy corn or pumpkin pie-flavored salt water taffy. But if you’re just looking for the classics, you’re in luck because the shop sells over 150 varieties of candy, ensuring something for everyone.
For some Halloween candy you may have never tried before, check out the Scandinavian sweet shop Sockerbit in the West Village of Manhattan. The interior of the shop is white and minimalistic, but the candy is colorful, and it’s a perfect place to sample things outside of Swedish Fish. Sockerbit aims to bring the Swedish concept of ‘smågodis,‘ meaning little candies, to NYC, and their sweet treats are all made with the highest quality ingredients.
If you need an excuse to go to Coney Island now that summer is over, a trip to Williams Candy is an excellent one. And while it’s a great place to stock up on boardwalk favorites such as fudge or ice cream, don’t skip out on their caramel apples or marshmallows dipped in caramel. Bring the other stuff home for trick-or-treaters, but treat yourself to one of these festive autumn treats.