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Next-Level Easter Candy for Adults

10925-PRODUCT_01-500_500-1487257440427While it’s hard not to get nostalgic over Cadbury Cream Eggs, speckled Jelly Bellies and Marshmallow Peeps, we adults (with our pesky slowed metabolisms), need to be a bit more discerning over how we rack up calories.  So instead of dipping your mitts into your kids’ corn syrup-bolstered baskets, why not procure a personal stash of upmarket candy instead, obtained from certified chocolate artisans like Gabriel Kreuther or Lilac… instead of the local pharmacy?

Gabriel Kreuther

Gabriel Kreuther
43 W 42nd St
Midtown West,New York 10036
(212) 201-1985

Pastry wizard-chef Marc Aumont has designed a chocolate menagerie of animals for Easter, including lop-eared rabbits, ducks, hens and pigs, along cartons of adorable cracked eggs (with runny, white chocolate “yolks”) and a dark cocoa “Easter Island” head.  A lucky few will even find a “copper ticket” inside their hollowed treat, that awards them a 42-piece box of luxury truffles.

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Li-Lac

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

No one does Easter like Manhattan’s oldest chocolate shop, which has almost a century’s worth of experience, turning out meticulously handcrafted rabbit sculptures, signature “eggs” centered with marzipan, maple walnut cream and lemon chiffon, pudgy bunny pops, and vintage chocolate eggs filled with truffles; a Li-Lac tradition since the ‘20’s.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar

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

Either buy a ready-to-go basket at Dylan’s (stuffed with goodies like candy bars, cookies and crispy egg chocolate pops), or construct your own from a seemingly endless assortment of Easter-themed gummies, “rabbit patch” foiled carrots, and chocolate-enrobed Oreos, decorated with bunnies, baby lambs and chicks.

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The Sweet Life

The Sweet Life
63 Hester St
Lower East Side,New York 10002
(212) 598-0092

Sibling-owned since 1982, this Lower East Side confection destination carries Easter staples, like foil-wrapped eggs, gummy bunnies and jelly beans as well as delightful spring pansies made from premium milk chocolate, and even a box of light and dark Belgian frogs, as an additional ode to Passover.

Teuscher

Teuscher
620 5th Ave
Midtown West,New York 10020
(212) 246-4416

The Swiss know their way around a cocoa bean, which makes the Fifth Avenue branch of Teuscher a true destination for elegant Easter sweets, made from recipes refined in Zurich, such as hand painted milk chocolate bunnies with caramelized almonds and hazelnuts, solid chocolate bars engraved with various Easter scenes, and a trio of truffle eggs, filled with champagne-infused ganache.

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Aigner

Aigner
103-02 Metropolitan Ave
Queens,New York 11375
(718) 544-1850

This multi-generation candy purveyor is the jewel of Queens, run by scions of original founder, John Aigner, who honed his craft in Austria and Germany.  And his grandkids haven’t diverged from time-honored Easter favorites like bent ear bunny pops, hollow chocolate duck eggs, chocolate-dipped Peeps and the three-foot tall, 20-pound Harvey the Bunny — enter the raffle to win the store’s biggest, sweetest prize.

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Bond Street Chocolate

Bond Street Chocolate
www.bondstchocolate.com

The actual East Village shop may have closed, but you can still procure Bond Street’s signature sweets online, including lavender truffles, mango pate de fruit, chocolate-coated corn nuts and items from the Divine Collection; think a dark chocolate Moses or Jesus, dusted with 24 carat gold.  He has risen!

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Sugar & Plumm

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

Can’t wait to dip into Easter macarons, limoncello marzipan, and pastel-colored marshmallows?  Follow your holiday-shopping blitz with a trip to the in-house café at this awesome Upper Westsider, for an equally decadent lineup of banana bliss cake, berries and cream crepes and turtle sundaes, crowned with hot fudge, sugared pecans and salted caramel sauce.

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