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.
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
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
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
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
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/