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7 NYC Candy Stores

When I was a kid, I remember trick-or-treating in my neighborhood and getting large-sized chocolate bars of many of the popular candies.  There was a woman who always gave out popcorn balls and a doctor who gave out apples.  They were not my favorites, but looking back on it, those were more of the memorable Halloween treats.  As I got older, I noticed the candy became smaller, as people opted for smaller-sized treats to give out, probably due to the cost of candy.

I don’t think of specialty candy when I think of Halloween candy, but if you are in the city for Halloween and want to pick up some candy or find yourself a sweet treat to celebrate, here are some candy stores to visit.  Admittedly, I am not a big candy eater, so I don’t frequent candy stores all that often.  My favorite candy store in the city is Sockerbit because I have a like for all things Scandinavian, and I like the tart gummy candies.

Meatpacking District

Sugar Factory–At Sugar Factory, you can get a variety of candy cocktails with flavors of popular candies like Jolly Rancher, Blow Pop, Lemon Heads and Hubba Bubba bubble gum with a real piece of Hubba Bubba.  There are also 60-oz. drinks in ginormous goblets.  Sugar Factory is a restaurant, but it also has a retail candy store.

46 Gansevoort Street (between Washington Street & Greenwich Street), (212) 414-8700, www.sugarfactory.com/new-york-citys-meatpacking-district-0

Midtown East

FAO Schweetz–A candy store inside the famous toy store.  It has all types of candy, including giant gummy bears.

767 5th Avenue, (212) 644-9400, www.fao.com

FAO Schweetz
FAO Schweetz

Little Italy

Papabubble–If you like hard candy, Papabubble is the place for you.  The shop is a modest size and specializes in artisan hard candy in a variety of shapes and flavors.

380 Broome Street (between Mott Street & Mulberry Street), (212) 966-2599, www.papabubbleny.com

Lower East Side

Economy Candy–An old-fashioned candy store with all kinds of candy, including nuts and jelly beans.  They also have novelty gift items like Pez and specialty candies like halvah and Turkish delight.


108 Rivington Street (between Ludlow Street & Essex Street), (212) 254-1531, www.economycandy.com


West Village

Sockerbit–A Swedish candy store with all kinds of colorful licorice and gummy candies in sweet, sour and tart varieties.  My favorite of all the candy stores listed.  They also have a limited selection of Scandinavian knickknacks and gourmet food products.

89 Christopher Street (between 7th Avenue South & Bleecker Street), (212) 206-8170, www.sockerbit.com

Swedish sweets

Swedish sweets

The London Candy Co.–For the expat Brit or Britophile, the London Candy Co. has all  your favorite candy from the UK.

267 Bleecker Street (between Cornelia Street & Morton Street), (212) 427-2129, www.thelondoncandycompany.com

Sugar and Plumm–The main location of this candy store is on the Upper West Side, but this outpost is a candy store and bakery.  The UWS location is a bistro with a full menu along with a retail candy store.  The desserts here will satisfy any sweet tooth!

257 Bleecker Street, (212) 388-5757, www.sugarandplumm.com/


Weekend Whets 6/7

3rd Annual Summer Spit BBQ, Saturday, June 8, 2013, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Garden at Studio Square NYC, Long Island City, Queens:  Unlimited BBQ by Chef David Burke.  Menu features whole hog on a spit, pulled pork, pork belly and peach doughnuts.  Tickets $60-$95.

34th Annual New York Mississippi Picnic, Saturday, June 8, 2013, noon to 6 p.m., Central Park:  Catfish lunches, artists and music to celebrate Mississippi.

11th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, Saturday, June 8, 2013 and Sunday, June 9, 2013, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan:  Sample barbecue from pitmasters around the country, including Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Nevada, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and New York City.  Admission is free.  $9 a plate.

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival, Sunday, June 9, 2013, noon to 4 p.m., Museum at Eldridge Street, Lower East Side:  A block party celebrating Chinese and Jewish cultures with food, games, music, art and more.  Free.

BBQ Blowout, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Good Co., Brooklyn:  Chef Dale Talde will serve his bbq with beer from Brooklyn Brewery and music from DJ TODD.

A Moveable Feast, Tuesday, June 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 101 West 15th Street, Manhattan: Apartment hop in the Stonehenge building trying gourmet bites at this James Beard Greens (foodies under 40) event.  Tickets $95 non-members.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Summer Pairings with Beer, Tuesday, June 12, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), Upper West Side, Manhattan:  A tasting of light beers and the cheeses that go with them.  Tickets $20.

Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Writer Martha Rosenberg discusses what goes on behind the scenes at large food companies.

The Food Truck Handbook, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan: Food truck owner David Weber discusses New York’s food trucks.

National Dine Out Day, Wednesday, June 19, 2013:  Eat at participating restaurants and a portion goes to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey relief.

On the Chocolate Trail, Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Author Deborah R. Prinz discusses the history of the chocolate trade.

Weekend Whets 4/19

NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2013, 10 a.m., Food Karma Projects Presents Events on Kent, 110 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn:  Live music, fire breathers, spicy food vendors, awards show, eating challenges and contests, adult beverages and the best hot sauce companies from North America.

Prohibition, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2013, 1 p.m., location TBA:  A period dining experience by chefs Rob McCue and Adam C. Banks.

Chanterelle at Robert, Sunday, April 21, 2013, Robert at the Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle, Manhattan:  Owners of former Tribeca restaurant Chanterelle recreate it for one night only.  Six courses.  Menu created by artist Israeli-American Izhar Patkin.  $125.  100 seats available.

Sweet Sensations, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Openhouse–the Old Bowery Station, 168 Bowery, Manhattan:  Local bakers and food bloggers bake sweet treats to benefit C-CAPa nonprofit organization that provides culinary programs to underserved youth.  Tickets $39.

Earth Day Dinner at Del Posto, Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, Manhattan:  A five-course vegetarian dinner in honor of Mother Earth with Annie Novak, Urban Garden Goddess, and Amy Thompson of Lucy’s Whey.

Baking for Spring!  Make Homemade Pies & Delicious Cocktails, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., GE Monogram Design Center, 150 East 58th Street, Manhattan:  Hands-on pie making event making mini blueberry, raspberry and blackberry pies to take home. $40.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Gastronomie 9, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), Upper West Side, Manhattan:  A discussion and tasting of nine cheeses.

Taste of the Lower East Side, Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Manhattan:  Experience bites and drinks from the area’s restaurants.  Tickets $195 general admission or $300 VIP.

Single Subject Food Books:  A Symposium, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan:  Discusses the trend and popularity of single subject food books like salt, sugar, potatoes, etc.  Tickets $30.

LuckyRice New York, Monday, April 29, 2013 through Sunday, May 5, 2013, Manhattan:  A celebration of Asian cuisine.  Each night showcases a different type of Asian food.  Opening night is a dumpling party.

Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, deadline April 30, 2013:  Create a story inspired by the idea of “appetite” that’s two to three minutes in length, presented in three “courses” and includes one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet or umami.

Food Book Fair, Friday, May 3, 2013 to Sunday, May 5, 2013, Brooklyn:  An event celebrating food books with vendors, cooking demos, tastings and panel discussions.