Saturdays at the Fort Greene Brooklyn
(In the schoolyard at the corner of Lafayette & Clermont.)
Ever had a handmade candy bar? Neither had I until I stopped by the Brooklyn Flea Market. Liddabit’s candy bars make ordinary Halloween candy seem like child’s play.
Nobody’s debating the merits of a Snickers or Milky Way Bar, but they’re not the healthiest or most original snacks. Liddabit’s gourmet bars are all made by hand with local ingredients. For Halloween, they’ve created a stellar Pecan bar and Pumpkin Pie bar. The pecan bar has a pie crust bottom topped with
pecan dulce de leche, bourbon ganache, and a coating of dark chocolate.
It’s intense. The pumpkin pie is made with spiced pumpkin caramel ganache, marshmallow
fluff, a pie crust base, and enrobed in dark chocolate. Grown up boys might like the beer
& pretzel bar or hard cider caramels.
132 Spring St., between Greene &
may be a French chocolatier, but they’re celebrating Halloween “Oaxacan
style” with three chocolate Day of the Dead skulls. These are superior
quality skulls, made with a Mexican blend of cinnamon, ancho and
chipotle chiles. The other flavors are Barcelona (hickory smoked
almonds with grey sea salt,)
and Bianca, made with pure Venezuelan white chocolate.
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor
Thomas Keller’s really gotten into the spirit this year. So much so
that he’s transformed his signature TKO — a heavenly oreo — into a
chocolate bat with a orange-tinted cream filling. There’s also sugar
cookies with chocolate spiders and web icing. There’s even a spicy
pumpkin pie macaron.
an elegant and civilized Halloween at home, there’s Primula’s hand
blown glass tea pot in the shape of a pumpkin. Even better, there’s a
pumpkin flowering tea that blooms when you add hot water to the tea pot
and emits an enchanting pumpkin fragrance. If you didn’t know, pumpkin
is known to be an aphrodisiac, so you might consider brewing for a very
adult Halloween at home. The pumpkin-shaped tea pot with flowers teas
is $29.99. If you just the want the tea, you can also buy a set of 24
If you’re not a
chocolate fiend, you might consider Wannahavacookie’s
apple pie a la mode sandwich cookie. It’s soft, chewy and studded with
apple bits. The filling is a classic vanilla buttercream. You can buy
them at the Brooklyn Flea Market in Fort Greene or online.
Momofuku Milk Bar
207 2nd Ave. at 13th
If you’re too old to ring doorbells, you can still get dressed up and stop at Milk Bar for the
candy bar pie, which is a little like a Snickers bar on steroids. It features a
chocolate crust filled with caramel and peanut butter nougat. The final touch is a pretzel and chocolate crunch topping.
45 E. 22nd St.
The owners of Beppe must take Halloween really
seriously because they’re celebrating for an entire week with a
special, “Menu della Strega.” They’re not saving the treats for
dessert. Ever had foie gras in a jolly rancher reduction? Or rack of
lamb in a chocolate bar BBQ sauce? That’s what’s on the menu. For
dessert, you’ll be nibbling on ossi di morti (bones of the dead
cookies.) It does sound scary.
Roni Sue’s Chocolates
Essex St. Market
Corner of Essex & Delancey Sts.
Roni Sue has a reputation for concocting unusual sweets, like chocolate-covered
bacon strips and maple bacon lollipops. For fall, they’ve come up with
traditional truffles in flavors like pumpkin pie, cranberry and pomegranate.
Also part of the mix: caramel apple, portly fig and pecan pie. While you’re there, get the BaCorn — honey
caramel corn specked with candied bacon and toasted chile pignoli nuts.
Le Souk Harem
510 LaGuardia Pl., between Bleecker &
If you don’t know what to be for Halloween, Le Souk Harem’s already decided for you. They’re throwing an Arabian-themed party with an Arabian circus and pumpkin martinis served in hollowed-out pumpkins.
E 23rd St. at Madison Ave.
It must be fate that Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, because Shake
Shack’s pumpkin spice flavor is offered every Saturday this month. Yes, it really is worth waiting in line for this dense pumpkin custard flavored with
cinnamon and nutmeg. If you can’t make it on Halloween day, stop in Sunday for the cinnamon apple pie which comes in a close second.
Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel
687 Lexington Ave., between 56th & 57t Sts.
The Fitzpatrick Hotels prefers Irish high tea to the British tea tradition. This year, there’ll be a “Fitzoween” afternoon tea that doesn’t cost much more than tea and a scone at Starbuck’s. For nine dollars, guests can snack on pumpkin scones and cinammon spice tea.