Gallery: My 'Dream Candy Bag' in New York City

Francois Payard's Creamy Roasted Peanut Butter and Raspberry Jelly Chocolate
Francois Payard's Creamy Roasted Peanut Butter and Raspberry Jelly Chocolate

Payard's nine piece chocolate collection has a few of my favorite chocolate flavors, but if I had to choose one ultimate flavor it would be the peanut butter and raspberry jelly chocolate. Imagine a high-grade Reese's Peanut butter cup made with dark chocolate and high quality raspberry jelly. The 70% Guanaja with vanilla bean is a close second. ($10/four)

Jacques Torres Dark Chocolate Coated Pumpkin Brittle
Jacques Torres Dark Chocolate Coated Pumpkin Brittle

Fancy chocolates are nice but sometimes you just want a sweet that's a little more casual. Few confections are as satisfying as Jacques Torres' uber-crunchy, Chocolate Coated Pumpkin Brittle. It's salty, sweet, and did I mention it's coated with rich dark chocolate? As an added bonus, the small bags with ribbons make perfect party favors.

L.A. Burdick's Chocolate Penguin
L.A. Burdick's Chocolate Penguin

These tiny chocolate penguins and mice from Massachusetts and New York based chocolatier L.A Burdick, might just be the perfect Artisanal Halloween bag treat. The mice come in milk, dark, and white chocolate and the penguins come in dark chocolate with white chocolate accents. Unlike many chocolate Halloween novelties, these are made with the excellent quality chocolate that Burdick is known for. Burdick also sells traditional Halloween-themed chocolates such as ghosts and coffins. But the mice and penguins are the most endearing and are available all year round. (Around $3.50 each, but prices vary).

LA. Burdick's Dark Chocolate Mice
LA. Burdick's Dark Chocolate Mice

Note the tail on the mouse!

Hudson Chocolates
Hudson Chocolates "Yuzu Fruit" Chocolate

Recently opened Hudson Chocolates was founded by CIA Pastry Instructor and Chocolatier, Francisco Migoya. Hudson Chocolates is based in Poughkeepsie NY, but Dean and Deluca recently started carrying some of their products, including these stunning Yuzu Fruit chocolate creations.

Designed after the Japanese fruit, the inside features a tart ganache that's made from milk chocolate and yuzu juice. The inner layers are wrapped with a lemon verbena ganache and the exterior is encased with crisp, candied almond nougatine. Every piece is handmade.

The combination of textures and flavors inside this chocolate are extremely satisfying. And the presentation will make your jaw drop.
Some have called Migoya one of the most influential pastry chefs in the US—now anyone can experience his chocolate creations for themselves. ($29, feeds four)

"Dory" Candy Bar from Liddabit Sweets

The "Dory" candy bar from Liddabit Sweets is a special candy bar named after a special person: beloved pastry chef and Beurre & Sel owner Dorie Greenspan. A super-crunchy dark cocoa cookie runs the length of the bar and is topped with salted caramel ganache and sautéed dried apricots. It's a delicious combination of sweet and salty flavors and smooth and crunchy textures.

The Dory
The Dory
The Dorie
The Dorie

Liddabit Sweets has a brand new shop in Chelsea Market where you can buy all their specialty candy bars. They also have hand drawn signs next to each bar so you can see what's inside. ($8/bar)

Roni Sue's Dark Chocolate, Beer and Pretzel Truffle
Roni Sue's Dark Chocolate, Beer and Pretzel Truffle

Trying to choose a favorite item from Roni Sue's Chocolate is a difficult task—everything is either made from, or dipped in, their superb chocolate. There is everything from Dark Chocolate Pretzels to their Pig Candy (crispy fried bacon dipped in chocolate). In the end I picked one of their oldest products, the Beer Pretzel Truffle. It's got sweet, it's got salty and it's got a little bitter flavor from the beer that compliments the dark chocolate. ($13.50/six)

Ronnie Sue's Other Chocolate Truffles
Ronnie Sue's Other Chocolate Truffles

Two of my other favorite truffles from Roni Sue's are the Dark & Stormy—featuring Gosling's rum, fresh ginger, and lime zest— and the Manhattan, with Knob Creek bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters and sour cherries.

Jacques Torres
Jacques Torres "Wicked Fun" Chocolates

The perfect Halloween treat is an individual chocolate that will set your mouth on fire! Jacques Torres Wicked Fun features dark chocolate ganache with ancho and chipotle chilies. ($19.20/four)

Jacques Torres Chocolates
Jacques Torres Chocolates