In the interest of unbiased reporting, let's start with the one closest to our DUMBO offices, Dewey's. It's everything a candy store should be — colorful, whimsical, varied, etc. etc. — but more importantly, it's where I was first introduced Gumby and Pokey Haribo. An unforgettable day.
141 Front Street.
Nestled in the mini-mall at 218 Bedford, this already-excellent candy emporium has the added draw of snocones with homemade flavors like passionfruit and earl grey cream. Amazing.
218 Bedford Ave (Inside the mini-mall)
Yes, it's all the way in Bay Ridge, but if you're truly looking for the old-timey candy experience, Hinsch's is the real deal. Part diner, part candy (and egg cream) dispensary, this place is so beloved that when it shut down last year it was rescued from oblivion by a few dedicated locals. Marty "Candyman" Markowitz is even a regular!
8518 5th Ave, between 85th and 86th st.
If you're sick of day-glo sour worms and any candy whose name you can actually pronounce, Greenpoint's Slodycze Wedel is a must-visit. Polish treats like "Piernikowa," "Sliwka" and "Bajeczny" abound. They also have chocolate-covered gooseberries and prunes on hand, if that's your thing.
772 Manhattan Ave (between Meserole Ave & Calyer St).
Firstly, just look at this place. Immaculate bulk candy as far as the eye can see. Secondly, don't you at least kind of want to go just for the sight of a security guard protecting candy?
254 Baltic St (between Court St & Clinton St).
William's Candy Shop might not be the most gourmet option on the list, but what it lacks in high-end foodie cred, it more than makes up for in old-school Coney Island vibes, along with cotton candy, taffy candy apple availability. Plus, there's no better way to eat candy than on a boardwalk.
1318 Surf Ave (between 15th St & Schweikerts Walk).
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