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The Best Easter Candy in NYC – 2016

thumbnail.aspIt doesn’t matter how old you get; Easter just isn’t Easter without baskets brimming with candy.  That being said, most of us have evolved far beyond Jelly Bellies, Cadbury Crème Eggs, and those omnipresent marshmallow Peeps.  So indulge your decidedly adult sweet tooth this holiday, with refined confections from Vosges, Tumbador, La Maison du Chocolat and more!

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Vosges Haut-Chocolat
132 Spring St.
Soho,New York 10012
(212) 625-2929

Only know Vosges for their indulgent chocolate bacon bars?  Make it your mission to change that this Easter, by filling your candy baskets with “Enchanted Mushrooms,” filled with Italian Piemonte hazelnut and Reishi mushroom ganache, “Wandering Rabbits” — a collection of pistachio praline-centered bunnies in a lavender box — and yes, Bacon Caramel Eggs, garnished with flakes of alderwood smoked sea salt.

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Chocolat Moderne

Chocolat Moderne
27 W 20th St
Flatiron District,New York 10011
(212) 229-4797

As the name indicates, this Flatiron shop is totally luxe, offering hand-painted “Fauverge” Eggs, filled with salted caramel, Greek Easter Eggs, dyed a traditional, crimson red and containing pomegranate rose ganache, and Ukraine-inspired “Pursuit of Happiness” truffles, infused with anise, raspberries, crushed cocoa beans, macadamias and more.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy Bar
1011 3rd Avenue
Upper East Side,New York 10065
(646) 735-0078

New York’s answer to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, this Upper East Side shop always goes all out for Easter.  Current holiday “essentials” include enrobed, stenciled Oreos, specially-wrapped Candy Bars, Bunny Mask Lollipops, a Chocolate Easter Bunny in a Cage, and tackle boxes, baggies, cups and baskets positively overflowing with sweets, like jellybeans, gummies, sours and more.

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La Maison du Chocolat

La Maison du Chocolat
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Midtown West,New York 10112
(212) 265-9404

You don’t need to travel to Paris to pick up grand, handcrafted sweets from this internationally-acclaimed chocolatier. Just swing by outposts at Columbus Circle, Rockefeller Center or the Upper East Side, to get your hands on their elegant Easter collection, consisting of Dark Chocolate Bunnies, assorted Easter “Fritures,” shaped like fish and seashells, and globes of signature praline nestled in actual eggshells, coated with a paper-thin layer of chocolate.

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Li-Lac

Li-Lac
40 8th Ave
West Village,New York 10014
(212) 924-2280

A New York institution since 1923, the confections at Manhattan’s oldest candy shop are always a class act.  Think hand-molded Bunnies, Lambs, Ducks, Chickens and Roosters, as well as Dark Chocolate Marshmallow or filled Truffle Eggs (choose from Maple Walnut, Marzipan, Peanut Butter or Lemon Chiffon), Lamb and Egg Lollipops, and Vintage Eggs as well — chocolate squares hidden inside an edible chocolate eggshell — a 90-year-old company tradition.

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Tumbador

Tumbador
34 34th St
Sunset Park,New York 11232
(718) 788-0200

Located in Brooklyn’s food artisan hub of Industry City, this small-batch candy manufacturer is offering a limited quantity Easter assortment.  So plan a cross-the-bridge pilgrimage now, for Chocolate Bunny and Carrot Lollipops, Li’l Caramel Cream Eggs, Chocolate Mallow Bunnies, or a “Brooklyn Born” Chocolate Easter Sampler, containing all of the above!

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Three Tarts

Three Tarts
1 W 59th Street
Chelsea,New York 10019
(646) 755-3232

Are you still nurturing nostalgia for saccharine, neon, sugarcoated Peeps?  This Plaza Food Hall kiosk has given the kiddie treat a seriously adult upgrade, peddling coconut-dusted bunnies flavored with real vanilla beans, along with classic marshmallow squares infused with warm weather flavors, such as strawberry basil, Japanese yuzu, and passion fruit.

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Sockerbit

Sockerbit
89 Christopher St
West Village,New York 10014
(212) 206-8170

It’s hard to stand out in NYC, but what other Scandinavian candy store can you think of?  A whimsical addition to the New Nordic movement sweeping the city, this all-white shop vibrates with pops of color, courtesy of candies like classic Swedish Easter Eggs, filled with Danish marzipan and assorted treats, as well as edible sugar “Feathers” and chocolate coated, pastel colored Almonds.

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