Gallery: A Tour of Economy Candy, the Best and Craziest Candy Store in NYC

Exterior
Exterior
Economy Candy opened in 1937 and has become a Lower East Side institution over the decades.
Step inside
Step inside
Indian nuts are back in stock!
Walk on in
Walk on in
The only parts of Economy Candy not covered in candy are covered in candy paraphernalia. Take it one aisle at a time.
Loose candy
Loose candy
Assorted candies from peppermints to Bit-O-Honey to Life Savers are available by the pound.
Candy Corn
Candy Corn
Massive bags of candy corn—and all manner of candy corn derivatives.
Grab bags
Grab bags
Or you can opt for an eight pound grab bag.
Giant Pez
Giant Pez
A Pez dispenser is all well and good, but a giant Betty Boop (or Captain America, or Spiderman, or Spongebob—seriously, why are these the ones they sell?) dispenser can't be beat.
Jawbreakers
Jawbreakers
These are the real thing—too large to actually fit in your mouth.
British candy
British candy
Economy Candy has a whole shelf of British candy. There's a good chunk of the Cadbury Dairy Milk line, Crunchies, Maltesers, Flakes, and Aero bars.
Candy cigs
Candy cigs
Candied cigarettes and cigars, practically an endangered species, sighted here.
Candy cigar boxes
Candy cigar boxes
U-Bet Syrup
U-Bet Syrup
Hardcore egg cream fans know that a real egg cream can only be made with seltzer, whole milk, and Fox's U-Bet syrup, which is in good supply here.
Gummies
Gummies
And here are the gummies. All of the gummies.
Candy island
Candy island
More modern candies—though don't dismiss those buttons in the bottom left—are piled high in center islands.
Choc-aid
Choc-aid
We've never seen chocolate bandages before and probably never will again.
In awe of the lollipops
In awe of the lollipops
Intern Eric just can't deal with the size of these lollipops.
Lollipops
Lollipops
Well, they are huge.
Nikl nips
Nikl nips
You probably haven't missed these wax bottles filled with saccharine syrup since they've slinked away from candy shelves. But should you feel a craving coming on, Economy Candy has you covered.
Chocolate by the pound
Chocolate by the pound
Malted milk balls in several flavors and chocolate river rocks.
Gelt
Gelt
And all the gelt you could ever want.
Sixlets
Sixlets
Hard candy sixlets in all the colors of the metallic rainbow.
M&M's
M&M's
And M&M's by the pound. Lots of M&M's.
I think we need a shopping cart
I think we need a shopping cart
That's 45 pounds of M&M's.
Can you handle all this jelly?
Can you handle all this jelly?
Candy sticks
Candy sticks
Remember candy sticks, those lollipops without a handle? They're here for 20 cents a pop.
Halvah
Halvah
Economy Candy has an ample selection of Brooklyn-made halvah.
More lollies
More lollies
Comics
Comics
They also inexplicably stock a vintage comic collection. Jamie got really into this one.
Cadbury Cream Eggs
Cadbury Cream Eggs
IN THE OFF SEASON HOORAY.
Dried fruit
Dried fruit
The crown jewel of Economy Candy is its selection of nuts and dried fruit. Some trail mix varieties for grab-and-go eating.
Red vines
Red vines
Red vine fans, here's where to go.
Jellied fruit
Jellied fruit
I have a serious weakness for these jellied fruits.
All the Ritter Sport
All the Ritter Sport
Okay, they're missing a few. But this is a lot of Ritter Sport.
More loose candy
More loose candy
Hard candies and gumdrops behind the counter.
Jelly rings
Jelly rings
A staple of terrible Jewish appetizing desserts, these jelly rings are alive and well at Economy Candy.
Truffles
Truffles
Truffle, nonpareils, dipped chocolates, and then some. You can also find chocolate-dipped fruit and pretzels in this case.
Satellite wafers
Satellite wafers
More vintage candy: styrofoam-ish edible spaceships filled with hard, crunchy candies. You let the saucers dissolve on your tongue to reach the goodies within.
Licorice
Licorice
Sweet and salty licorice. Try them all!

Or not.

Wax lips
Wax lips
Yup, they still exist.
Weird mints
Weird mints
Bacon mints we've heard of, but absinthe mints have us curious.
S'more
S'more
Graham crackers sandwich a fluffy marshmallow and the whole mess is coated in milk or dark chocolate. A satisfying dessert indeed.