Economy Candy, at 108 Rivington St. in the Lower East Side, nominated by both Lori Greenberg and Michael Hasselmann.
Mary Janes, Tootsie Rolls, Sky Bars, Pez dispensers, Pop Rocks, and Pixie Stix. Halvah. Fox’s U-Bet. Chocolate jelly rings from JoMart, hand-dipped in Brooklyn. Economy is a quintessential NYC candy store. It’s worth a visit not only for the candy but also for the atmosphere. There are shelves piled nearly to the ceiling with chocolates and candy, bins full of penny candy, a gourmet international selection, and vintage children’s games and candy boxes lining the wall. The amazing variety of candy is matched by the diversity of customers.
Family-operated since the 1930s, owner Jerry Cohen grew up working in the store, taking it over from his father and uncle in the mid-1970s. Economy is one of the last candy stores left in the neighborhood. So visit now, or if you must, shop online at economycandy.com