Instead of taking your date out to another restaurant, bar, or café, do something totally original next time and pay a visit to Economy Candy together. A New York institution since 1937, this massive sweet shop has every candy you could ever imagine, and plenty you’ve never seen before. Grab your honey and head to this sugary paradise, where you’ll find gummy bears by the barrel, five-pound Hershey bars, Star Wars Pez dispensers, bubble gum, bacon mints, lollipops, M&M’s divided by color, and all the other treats that pay for your dentist’s vacation home. The sight of colorful candies stacked up to the pressed-tin ceiling and reaching from wall to wall can be a bit overwhelming, even for those with a significant sweet tooth, so take a deep breath when you walk in and try not to overdo it. Fill up a bag with wax Coke bottles and chocolate coins. Collect candy canes in every color of the rainbow. Take a stroll down memory lane with your date and see how many of the store’s vintage candies you remember from the old days—even if the old days happened before you were born. From Astro Pops to Bit-O-Honeys to Goetze’s Caramel Creams, you’ll find the same candies that this store stocked more than 70 years ago. So set aside an hour or two and experience this Lower East Side gem with your sweetheart. You’ll feel like a kid in a … well, you know.

Economy Candy Market

108 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002 NY

(212) 254-1531

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