NYC’s Best Candy Shops for Now & Later

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Heads up!: Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. If you’re looking for some extra special sweets for your sweethearts big and small, we know just the place. In fact, we know several places to get any kind of candy or chocolate you might desire. We’re talking old school New York spots, fine chocolate shops, bulk candy, vintage candy, Swedish candy and even a huge Sour Patch Kids store. Read on for our picks for the best candy stores in New York City!

Brooklyn

Located on Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue, Fferins of Brooklyn packs a wide variety of goodies into a relatively small storefront. Its eclectic and far-reaching offerings include nostalgia candy (Pop Rocks, candy necklaces, Astropops, etc.) British imports (Aero Bar, Cadbury Flake, Wispa Gold) and artisanal treats for sophisticated palettes. Plus: Harry Potter candy, uncommon beverages (Bob Ross Energy Drink anyone?) and bulk candy for pick and mix. 

Fferins of Brooklyn
438 7th Ave.
Park Slope
718-788-5788
Online: fferinsofbrooklyn.com

Manhattan

Economy Candy 

Arguably the definitive NYC candy shop, the Lower East Side’s Economy Candy is an institution established in 1937. This “Nosher’s Paradise of the Lower East Side” stocks over 2,000 kinds of candy and other goodies that you’ll find packed floor-to-ceiling. Whether you’re looking for the newest treat on the candy scene, nostalgic candy brands from decades past or an incredible selection of vintage trading cards from shows and movies like Alf, E.T. and Mork & Mindy, you can find it here. (If you're overwhelmed by the jam-packed layout, try Economy Candy’s online store, where you can search candies by hue to get perfectly color-coordinated hauls.)

Economy Candy
108 Rivington St.
Lower East Side
212-254-1531
Online: www.economycandy.com

Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy Bar

You’ll find Dylan’s Candy Bar locations all over the country now, but the company, brainchild of Dylan Lauren, debuted in NYC in 2001. The NYC store is located in Hudson Yards and features the brand’s stylish and wildly colorful, candy-centric aesthetic. All the candy bases are covered here: bulk, chocolate, lollipops, gummies, sours, nostalgia, etc., but Dylan’s is also a good spot to hit for candy gifts with a little extra, such as chic treat-filled “tackle boxes”, special Valentine’s collections and pops, and over-the-top candy towers, candy “cakes”, and even a chocolate “bash cake” filled with confections. They can also whip up a DIY Candy Buffet for your next party. 

20 Hudson Yards. 4th fl.
34th St. between 10th and 11th Avenues 
Hudson Yards
Online: dylanscandybar.com

Bon Bon: A Swedish Candy Co.

While Swedish candy store Sockerbit is no more, Bon Bon (“A Swedish Candy Co.”) is open to satisfy all of your Swede candy needs and more. Gummy creations such as Swedish Fish are of course on the menu, with a selection of fish from popular maker Kolsvart offered. Plus: Swedish lollipops, gum, beverages, and even Swedish delicacies. Bon Bon’s mixes are fun and festive, with curated collections of sweet, sour, jelly/marshmallow, and even gluten-free and vegan. Good news if you’re the type to crave Swedish sweets after bedtime: Bon Bon is open til midnight! 

130 Allen St. 
Lower East Side
212-786-0094
Online: bonbonnyc.com

Sour Patch Kids NYC 

While it’s not a longstanding, beloved New York institution, if your child loves Sour Patch Kids, Sour Patch Kids NYC could be a fun outing. Yes, it’s a huge store dedicated to those tart tykes, with every flavor and type for sale, as well as over-the-top creations (ice cream, waffles, etc.) at the “Sweets Bar.” Lots of SP merch is for sale as well, and you can hop in the Sour Patch NYC cab for a photo op before you leave. 

665 Broadway
Greenwich Village
646-465-6151
Online: sourpatchkids.com

Queens

Aigner Chocolates

Aigner Chocolates

Another NYC institution, Forest Hills’ Aigner Chocolates is widely recognized as producing some of the finest chocolate in the city. Founded in 1930, the shop creates its Austrian chocolate using time-tested recipes and vintage machines. Valentine’s Day is a big deal here, of course, and Aigner’s offers a wide range of chocolate treats and pops in shapes and flavors of all kinds. (Poop emoji pops are a hot item.) The shop also makes chocolates for Chinese celebrations such as Lunar New Year.

Aigner Chocolates
103-02 Metropolitan Ave.
Forest Hills
718-544-1850
Online: www.aignerchocolates.com

Staten Island

 

Philip's Candy

The exterior may not be much to look at, but Philip's Candy is a local favorite in Northern Staten Island. (Owner John Dorman is pictured here, outside the store.) The Staten Island extension to the now-closed “Coney Island’s Oldest Candy Shop,”—it was founded in 1930—Philip's has a quiet mom and pop atmosphere, an old timey charm, and lovingly crafted chocolates and candies. Signature treats include fresh fruit hand-dipped in melted chocolate, chocolate-covered marzipan and graham crackers and flavored popcorn. Closed Mondays.

Philip's Candy
8 Barrett Ave.
Staten Island
718-981-0062
Online: www.philipscandy.com

—Mimi O’Connor

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