Economy Candy is cramped, crowded and filled with candy from around the world, and it just might be the most beautiful place on the Lower East Side.
It was a lot of fun squeezing our way through the aisles (or should I say piles) of candy and even better listening to a man have an orgasm as he told his friend about what “a decadent treat” Scharffen Berger’s roasted cacao nibs were. They also have a huge selection of baseball cards from waaay back in the day (the 80s), and I wasn’t sure if they were originals with old stale gum or if they were cheeky reissues with new stale gum. My wife picked up a Baci from Italy and a Duplo from Germany, and I got myself a kitschy Economy Candy T-shirt.
There’s a lot of candy shops and chocolatiers in NY, but they’re very hoity-toity and “grown up” places to shop. If you ever want to recapture that true feeling of being “a kid in a candy store,” make your way down to the Lower East Side and drop by Economy Candy.