Sometimes you don't want a flourless chocolate cake, or a scoop of ice cream. What you want is the candy of your youth or of a 50s youth, or some newfangled confection made purely to incite madness in mothers whose kids can't resist the packaging and the sugar content. New York has plenty of candy to offer, and not just in bodegas.
Economy Candy is a Lower East Side Candyland, complete with British candy bars like Lion, licorice, chocolates, peppermints, Lemonheads, mary janes, and odds and ends like Turkish pistachios by the pound.
Dylan's Candy Bar is a revered New York institution. Not only is the selection of candy huge, but Dylan's also specializes in kosher candy and candy that is free of gluten, sugar or nuts. Cake pop and cupcake baking kits, special Dylan's chocolate bars like Red Velvet or Angel Food Cake, gift baskets -- it's all here with colorful packaging and bows.
This candy store features fun mini jelly candy in the shape of hot dogs and hamburgers, superpowerful lemon candies, salty ramen crisps, wasabi peas, and dried tangy fruits of many varieties.
The toys here are a wonder, from the Big piano to the huge plush animals, but for sweet teeth, head to the FAO Schweetz section, where giant lollipops nod their heads in greeting to seas of mega Tootsie Rolls and rows of gumball machines. A visual and taste delight.