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5 Best Places for Creative, Classy Candy This Halloween

Sure, you can hit Duane Reade to pick up mini Kit Kats and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for some Halloween cheer, but what if you’re looking for a bit of a Halloween candy upgrade this year? We’ve uncovered five New York chocolate and candy shops that go a step beyond for the holiday with everything from white chocolate ghosts to gummy body parts on the menu.

 

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From left to right: pumpkin puzzle at Jacques Torres, apple cider caramels at Liddabit Sweets, chocolate ghost at L. A. Burdick, crunchy body parts at Dylan’s Candy Bar and licorice black cats at Economy Candy

Best Chocolate: Jacques Torres
The famed chocolatier gets quite whimsical around Halloween, with a pumpkin “puzzle” made from milk and dark chocolate, a hollow chocolate haunted house, and the Jacques O’ Lantern — like an Eastertime chocolate rabbit, but in the shape of a pumpkin. Multiple locations, mrchocolate.com

All Handmade: Liddabit Sweets
The two ladies behind small-scale candy producer Liddabit Sweets recently moved to a shop at Chelsea Market, from which they’re selling sweets of every sort. For the holiday, we recommend the apple cider caramels (made with apple cider jelly, dried apples and Calvados), maple-apple lollipops, or fabulous candy bars like The S’More (graham cracker, ganache, marshmallow and bruleed) and The King (peanut butter nougat, brown sugar-brown butter cookie and banana ganache). Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave., liddabitsweets.com

Most Intricate: L. A. Burdick
Known for its adorable chocolate mice (complete with tails) and chocolate penguins, it’s no surprise that L. A. Burdick has some of the most charming chocolates in town. Pick up some chocolate ghosts, filled with hazelnut and dark chocolate ganache and draped in gossamer-thin sheets of white chocolate. They’re available individually, in a “coffin assortment” that includes ghosts and bonbons in a coffin-shaped box, or a “Halloween crate,” which gets you marzipan pumpkins and chocolate bats as well. 5 E. 20th St., 212-796-0143, burdickchocolate.com

Most In the Spirit: Dylan’s Candy Bar
This boutique candy shop is cutesy, and for holidays, over-the-top is just what you want. This Halloween, the shop’s brightly colored confections include gummy-candy body parts, “blood energy potion,” and even a haunted house cookie kit — it’s all here, along with slightly more refined sweets like a “Crunchy Body Parts Bar” with Belgian milk chocolate and pretzel bits. 1011 3rd Ave., 646-735-0078, dylanscandybar.com

Best for Anything: Economy Candy
As a 6-year-old, I’m pretty sure I dreamed up Economy Candy before I knew it existed. This Lower East Side shop has every iteration of sugar you can imagine, from swirly lollipops in dozens of colors of M&Ms to gummy candies you’ve never seen before. If you’re looking for the widest assortment of candy available, Economy Candy is your destination, hands-down. 108 Rivington St., 212-254-1531, economycandy.com

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