Economy Candy opened in 1937 and has become a Lower East Side institution over the decades.
Indian nuts are back in stock!
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.
Assorted candies from peppermints to Bit-O-Honey to Life Savers are available by the pound.
Massive bags of candy corn—and all manner of candy corn derivatives.
Or you can opt for an eight pound grab bag.
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.
These are the real thing—too large to actually fit in your mouth.
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.
Candied cigarettes and cigars, practically an endangered species, sighted here.
Candy cigar boxes
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.
And here are the gummies. All of the gummies.
More modern candies—though don't dismiss those buttons in the bottom left—are piled high in center islands.
We've never seen chocolate bandages before and probably never will again.
In awe of the lollipops
Intern Eric just can't deal with the size of these lollipops.
Well, they are huge.
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
Malted milk balls in several flavors and chocolate river rocks.
And all the gelt you could ever want.
Hard candy sixlets in all the colors of the metallic rainbow.
And M&M's by the pound. Lots of M&M's.
I think we need a shopping cart
That's 45 pounds of M&M's.
Can you handle all this jelly?
Remember candy sticks, those lollipops without a handle? They're here for 20 cents a pop.
Economy Candy has an ample selection of Brooklyn-made halvah.
They also inexplicably stock a vintage comic collection. Jamie got really into this one.
Cadbury Cream Eggs
IN THE OFF SEASON HOORAY.
The crown jewel of Economy Candy is its selection of nuts and dried fruit. Some trail mix varieties for grab-and-go eating.
Red vine fans, here's where to go.
I have a serious weakness for these jellied fruits.
All the Ritter Sport
Okay, they're missing a few. But this is a lot of Ritter Sport.
More loose candy
Hard candies and gumdrops behind the counter.
A staple of terrible Jewish appetizing desserts, these jelly rings are alive and well at Economy Candy.
Truffle, nonpareils, dipped chocolates, and then some. You can also find chocolate-dipped fruit and pretzels in this case.
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.
Sweet and salty licorice. Try them all!
Yup, they still exist.
Bacon mints we've heard of, but absinthe mints have us curious.
Graham crackers sandwich a fluffy marshmallow and the whole mess is coated in milk or dark chocolate. A satisfying dessert indeed.