Candy Corn Must Die! Visit These Bespoke Candy Shops for the Best Halloween Candy

Wow NYC’s trick-or-treaters with a curated sugar rush.

Monster Truffles at Eugene J. Candy Co. / Photo by Sayaka Ueno

Kids can be brutally honest and they’re not afraid to call you out if you’re handing over lame loot like Smarties and raisins. Don’t let your abode be tarnished in Halloween history—or with toilet paper and Silly String. Instead, prepare to be the talk of the block and fill your plastic jack-o’-lantern with top-shelf candy from some of New York’s best bespoke sweet shops. And concerned parents, worry not: All of these confections are individually wrapped. (Except the spooky truffles shown above; those you can hoard for yourself!)


Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Known for: Swedish bonbons and offbeat sweets that refuse to grow up

Halloween must-buys: Oreos crammed into Nordic chocolate bars; sour blueberry and licorice puckers; hazelnut-flavored and chocolate-covered toffee squares; and bubblegum in tiny tubes

Photo courtesy of BonBon

Philip’s Candy

Neighborhood: Westerleigh, Staten Island

Known for: Old-timey confections made by a lifelong candy man

Halloween must-buys: Sea salt–y taffies; miniature root beer barrels; shoestrings made of licorice; and homemade jelly pops


Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Known for: Scandinavian sweets and smågodis (little candies)

Halloween must-buys: Salty licorice lollies; hazelnut-kissed caramels; sour watermelon logs and gummy tutti-frutti kicks; and spooky-sweet vampire teeth and mice

Photo courtesy of Sockerbit

Aji Ichiban

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Known for: Hard-to-find Japanese candies and daring bites for risk-takers

Halloween must-buys: Matcha- and cheesecake-flavored Kit Kats; mango and grape jellies; Pocky sticks in all flavors and sizes; and durian chews (made from the stinky Asian fruit) for adventurous sweets lovers

Eugene J. Candy Co.

Neighborhood: Bushwick, Brooklyn

Known for: Edible experiments from Bushwick’s Willy Wonka

Halloween must-buys: Fickelgrubers that go bump in the night; mystifying mints inside a miniature Ouija board; creepy-crawly pops; and tasty gummy boogers (yes, really!)

eugene j candy co halloween candy
Photo by Sayaka Ueno

See’s Candies

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Known for: Timeless chocolates made from 19th-century recipes

Halloween must-buys: Lollies inspired by caramel apples and pumpkin spice lattes; milk chocolate ghouls and pumpkins; retro peanut brittle bars; and citrus squares drenched in dark chocolate


Neighborhood: Marine Park, Brooklyn

Known for: Handcrafted chocolates straight out of Brooklyn

Halloween must-buys: Bars tinged with rose petals and stuffed with peanut butter and banana ganache; pure chocolate stars covered in toasted sesame, sea salt, or Pop Rocks; and Oreos dipped in chocolate

A custom-order Halloween basket. / Photo by Sayaka Ueno

Fferins of Brooklyn

Neighborhood: South Slope, Brooklyn

Known for: Old-fashioned and imported pick-and-mix confections

Halloween must-buys: Pocky and Pop Rocks across the rainbow; lickables flavored with bee pollen and blossom honey; and UK delights like Bounty bars, Tunnock’s teacakes, and Maltesers crunch balls

fferins of brooklyn halloween candy
Photo by Sayaka Ueno

Economy Candy

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Known for: A taste of New York nostalgia and every gummy under the sun

Halloween must-buys: Throwbacks like Abba-Zabas and Mallo Cups; sour laces and sweet marshmallow snails imported from Germany; and fruity Italian candy drops from behind the register, as recommended by Economy’s candy merchant, Mitchell Cohen

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