In the last few years, three new candy stores have opened in the area. And they’re not just for kids. You’ll love tasting your way through the gummy worms and rock candies as much as your kids will.
Candy Rox in Rye makes me want to bust out my retro CBGB t-shirt and high-top Converse. A visit to the cutting-edge confectioners will make you “feel the joy of being a kid-in-a-candy-store and the rush of a rock concert all at once,” says their website.
It’s true. Carrying a mix of old-school & trendy candy, Candy Rox also sells tees, watches, hats and more inspired by skateboard and surf culture. (Check out the hilarious video on their website featuring the many ways to wear the Pook Toques sock monkey hat.) Candy Rox caters events, and every so often, their house graffiti artist stops by for some graffiti demos and custom t-shirt airbrushing. Totally rox.
Prior to opening Imagine Candy in Scarsdale, partners Bill Vogel and Donna Halperin spent months tasting their way through 35 chocolatiers before deciding who made the cut. It shows. They pride themselves on featuring sweets that are extra special, whether they’re organic, preservative free, or gluten/nut free. Highlights include Simmering Sugar Toffee to Bequet Caramels to the red-heeled chocolate shoe (a la Louboutin) from a local chocolatier.
In addition to children’s parties, Imagine Candy offers chocolate/wine pairings for adults, and their quarterly Candy Arts program encourages their young customers to paint candy-related canvases, which they display in the store. This Saturday May 5, the shop will donate 10 percent of sales to the Autism Science Foundation. Candy for a cause, now that’s an excuse to indulge. (Editor’s note: Image Candy is now closed, sadly.)
Sweet Teez in Larchmont is pure fun for all ages with candy ranging from the nostalgic to trend-of-the-moment. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Sweet Teez’ colorful and charming store offers an array of other goodies including colorful hand woven bracelets, homemade ice cream from Walnut Beach Creamery, and an assortment of gifts including wooden toys, body lotions and lip gloss.
Sweet Teez also carries unique honeys, fruit spreads and butters that are included in the owners’ favorite recipes, available on cute print-out cards at the front of the store. ( I picked up recipes for honey bread, roasted pork butt in cider and fig molasses, and a sweet apple sauce on Saturday!) YUM.
Candy Rox, 84 Purchase Street, Rye; 914-844-6750.
Imagine Candy, 22 Harwood Court, Scarsdale; 914-723-7887.
Sweet Teez, 157 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont NY; 914-630-1744.