The candy store at FAO Schwarz, FAO Schweetz, should be on Mayor Bloomberg’s radar. There are giant-size candy bars, including a giant gummy bear (really?).
giant gummy bear
You can also make a bag of sweets for yourself with gummies, chocolates, licorice etc. I made a bag of Swedish fish and other gel/gummy/sugared treats in blueberry, strawberry, peach, mango, cola.
The candies definitely take care of the sweet tooth. The sugared peach was good. I also recently visited Sockerbit in the West Village, and comparing the two, Sockerbit sweets stand out.
There’s more to Swedish candy than Swedish fish (though I’m a big fan of these). At Sockerbit‘s West Village location, I got a bag of Swedish sweets: Swedish berries both tart and sweet and some coated with sugar, vanilla and strawberry marshmallows (some in mushroom shapes), pony-shaped gummies, strawberry lollipops that promise never-ending flavor and yogurt-covered coconut. Licorice is popular here, but I’m not a fan so I stuck to what I like best. (For fans, the licorice comes in sweet and salty varieties.)
Verdict: Love the slight tartness of the flat Swedish berries, my favorite of the sampling. The yogurt-covered coconut was another fave. All were fresh and chewy.