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Sweet & Spooky: Grown Up Halloween Candy

smoresWhy should kiddies have all the fun on Halloween?  Instead of going house to house (or apartment to apartment) for candy, make a holiday pilgrimage to New York’s best sweet shops and chocolatiers, for deliciously grown up treats — from Sugar and Plumm’s gummy spooky snakes & chicken feet (for trick or treat bags perhaps?) to Dylan’s Candy Bar’s Witches Brew Bars and Roni-Sue’s Caramel Apples & Bloody Eyeball candies.  And that’s just for starters…

Sugar and Plumm

Sugar and Plumm
377 Amsterdam Ave
Upper West Side,New York 10024
(212) 787-8778

Go well beyond garden variety gummy bears with the festive gummies at Sugar and Plumm, shaped into spooky snakes, chicken feet, and bullfrogs, adorable pink pigs or graceful butterflies.  Even the standard bears get an adult upgrade, offered in triple layer sour or vegan versions!

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Dylan's Candy Bar

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

Like FAO Schwartz but for candy, it’s unsurprising that Dylan’s has an over the top selection of Halloween-oriented confections.  We’re talking Witches Brew Bars — quality chocolate squares filled with almonds and caramel — as well as Haunted S’mores with sprinkles, and a Zombie Graveyard assortment with gummy worms and clumps of cocoa dirt.  It’s basically Disneyland for candy.  

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Li-Lac

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

Manhattan’s oldest and one of its best chocolate house is molding giant, holiday-friendly shapes out of cocoa this Halloween, including spooky Skulls, grinning Pumpkins, robe-clad Ghosts, Mummies in coffins, and a coven of cackling Witches.  Not to mention their chocolate ranks in our top five in the city.

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Coco Le Vu

Coco Le Vu
202 E 110th St
Harlem,New York 10029
(212) 860-3380

In addition to fun Halloween additions, like Chocolate Eyeballs, Ghost Marshmallows, and Pumpkin Gumdrops stacked together on sticks, this old-fashioned candy shop and party room in Harlem stocks an impressive selection of lollipops, from oversized, multicolored “Whirly Pops” to cone-shaped “Astropops” and an eye-catching array of glittering rock candy you won’t find anywhere else.

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Roni-Sue Chocolates

Roni-Sue Chocolates
120 Essex St.
Lower East Side,New York 10002
(212) 260-0421

Stock up on spooky truffles at Roni-Sue, shaped like Bloody Eyeballs and Caramel Apples, or deliciously flavored with pumpkin spice.  And while you’re at it, pick up a bag of cut-above Caramel Corn, made with cultured butter, agave nectar and locally-grown popcorn, tossed with chili-spiked peanuts, dried bits of bacon, and single-origin dark chocolate.

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Liddabit Sweets

Liddabit Sweets
75 9th Ave.
Meatpacking District,New York 10011
(212) 229-0022

In addition to selling seasonal Apple Cider Caramels, with a splash of Calvados brandy (so much better than those corn syrupy squares from Kraft), the ladies at Liddabit are offering bundles of Halloween lollipops this holiday — containing two ghosts, two pumpkins, and two feathery hoot owls — all made out of Valrhona 62% dark chocolate.

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Handsome Dan’s

Handsome Dan’s
218 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn,New York 11211
(347) 889-6683

Forget those neon puffs of achingly saccharine cotton candy, and try the hand-spun sweets at Williamsburg’s Handsome Dan’s instead, in refined flavors like peppermint, mango, Earl Grey, rose, or silky milk chocolate for Halloween.

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Williams Candy

Williams Candy
1318 Surf Ave
New York 11224
(718) 372-0302

This Coney Island staple specializes in glittering candied apples — crisp and tart Granny Smiths coated with bright red sugar syrup or sticky, buttery caramel, and coated with colorful sprinkles in festive Halloween colors.

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