Food & Drink

At Economy Candy, a Lower East Side Relic, Business Is as Sweet as Ever

Published On 10/24/2016 Published On 10/24/2016
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1. Economy Candy 108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Open since 1937 on the Lower East Side, the family-owned Economy Candy is a sugar lover’s dream stocked with some 2,000 candy varieties. Shelves overflowing with Pez dispensers, chunky Paydays, and Toblerones span the walls and nearly reach the 20ft-high tin ceilings. Economy Candy’s inventory includes mainstream packaged sweets like Red Vines and Now & Laters, home-made dipped orange peels, colored gummy bears by the pound, and vintage, hard-to-find bars like Abba-Zappa peanut butter taffy and the toasted coconut-covered Zagnut. Though a visit to this retail relic is a smart move to satiate any sugar craving, Halloween is an absolute must thanks to those oh-so-tempting words, “free candy.”

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