Who doesn’t have at least a tiny sweet tooth? Candy and chocolate lovers will find more than historic attractions and theatres in New York City. Tucked within its various neighborhoods are candy stores and chocolatiers waiting for an opportunity to reel you in. Here are some of the hottest candy stores in the city – visit them all, if you dare!
10. Dylan’s Candy Bar
Believe it or not, Dylan’s Candy Bar is owned by the daughter of legendary designer Ralph Lauren. Dylan Lauren has opened branches of her store in various locations throughout New York State, Florida, and Texas. She has designed her own candy brand, which is the main draw for Dylan’s Candy Bar, but she stocks tons of other brands and varieties as well. You name it, and she’s selling it – from sour gummies to chocolate. They even sell nostalgic goodies, popcorn, and sugar free varieties.
9. The Hershey’s Store
Smack in the middle of Time Square is a store that demands the attention of chocolate lovers flocking to New York City from around the world. If your favorite candy bar is made my Hershey, you will surely find it in this incredible store. You’ll find no only candy, but Hershey clothing, gift items, and toys as well. They’ll even help you to wrap up your favorite candies as edible wedding favors. Yum!
8. The M&M’s Store
The M&M Store is, you guessed it, full of M&M’s. They claim to have a wall of M&M’s as big as NY itself and, at first glance, we’d almost believe it. No matter what variety of M&M’s candies you like, you’ll find it here. Mix and match your own colors to match your personality, tastes, mood, favorite sports team, or even special event theme.
7. The Sweet Life
The Sweet Life has been a candy store favorite in the city of New York for over 25 years. Specializing in gourmet chocolates, gummies, and dried fruits, the only problem you’ll have when visiting The Sweet Life is in deciding what to try next. Special features include European candies, and crowded shelves full of vintage candies you forgot even existed. The store motto? “Anything can be dipped in chocolate.”
6. Economy Candy
Economy Candy sells exactly what the name implies. The store is jam packed with hundreds of candy varieties from the mundane to the exotic. If the candy exists, you stand a pretty decent chance of finding it within these four walls. Chocolates, dried fruits, halvah, and old fashioned candies adorn these walls. Buy individual packages or shovel stuff into your bulk bag until it’s full. We guarantee you’ll walk out of this store with a sugar high.
5. MarieBelle Fine Treats
For true chocolate lovers, a trip to MarieBelle Fine Treats is considered a true luxury. Open since 2000, the store specializes in the creation of artisan chocolates that are designed to make you feel as though you’ve uncovered an antique treasure instead of a simple bar of chocolate. The chocolates are hand made with high concentration cocoa beans and there are almost 30 different flavor varieties, with more added regularly. The store also sells an incredible hot chocolate and a variety of tea blends you won’t want to miss.
4. Jacques Torres Chocolate
The folks at Jacques Torres Chocolate take the art of chocolate making to an entirely new level. The owner, Jacques Torres, grew up in France where he learned to bake before landing his first job as a chef and traveling the world to refine his culinary skills. The chocolates in his store range from the conversational to the exotic, including political campaign lollipops, chocolate bars, truffles, and a variety of mixes and gifts.
3. Kee’s Chocolates
Kee’s Chocolates was created by Kee Ling Tong. She dreamt of opening a chocolate and flower shop, but her reputation for fine chocolates became so great that she eventually put the flower business aside completely to focus on life as a chocolatier. Kee personally makes the chocolates that appear in her store daily, and flavors and varieties change regularly based on the availability of ingredients and the season of the year. Macaroons and chocolates can be purchased in her SoHo store only – no online or mail orders!
2. Vosges Chocolate
Vosges Chocolate specializes in gourmet chocolate and comfort foods from around the world. Katrina Markoff’s collection of exotic truffles only begins to scratch the surface. Chocolate bars are always a safe bet, even when shaped like flying pigs. The real delicacies, however, are for the strong willed and adventurous. Try a chocolate covered bacon bar or a Black Pearl candy bar complete with wasabi and ginger!
1. Michel Cluizel Chocolat
A favorite amongst chocolate lovers, the chocolates created by Michel Cluizel of Paris are a force to be reckoned with. Michel Cluizel has been creating fine chocolates since the late 1940′s, bringing you a variety of truffles and chocolates like no other. For those who absolutely can’t resist these fine treats, the Chocolate of the Month club promises a delivery straight to your door!
Some of the best candy stores in the country are waiting for you in New York City, with enough appetizing treats to keep you busy for days. What are you waiting for?