Originally published Jan. 8, 2013
What better way to start the new year off than by talking about something sweet. Should your travels be taking you to NYC, and if you happen to find yourself on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dylan’s Candy Bar is a worthwhile stop to keep the kids or a sweet tooth satisfied and happy.
Dylan is the daughter of famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren (Polo, anyone?). She was one of many childhood dreamers inspired by Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at a young age. Yet, while many pretended to make their own candy bars with the back of the Cap’n Crunch box (mail-in order form) kit that came with chocolate Willy Wonka and Oompa Loompa molds and Wonka Bar candy wrappers, she was one of the few who actually realized her dream by opening a real candy shop in 2001. There are a couple other retail outlets around the states (East Hampton, Houston, LA, and Miami Beach).
Taking a leisurely walk through the 3 level flagship store took my daughter and I at least an hour. It is a visual banquet of color for the eyes and might house one of the largest candy collections in the world. They claim to have over 5,000 types of candy!
One of my favorite items in the store is their line of candy bars. There are over 20 flavors including specialties such as Red Velvet Cake, S’mores, Angel Food Cake, Banana Cream Pie, Dark Raspberry, Brownie Batter, and Bacon. The packaging is fun and colorful and the price is reasonable at 4 bars for $10. I think even Willy Wonka might be envious.
Enjoy this photographic trip that will give you some of the visual stimulation without any of the calories! If you find you are craving something sweet, they offer on-line shopping and shipping for most of their products.
This was actually quite lucky. I’m not sure what happened, but about 10 minutes later the store filled with over 100 people. Maybe a tour bus arrived or something. That’s my daughter holding a NYC pizza.
Steps with candy floating in them!
Notice the wallpaper in the stairwell. It reminds me of the wallpaper from the movie that you can lick. I wonder how many people or kids have tried?
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