Well this was awesome to read. I myself have been frequenting the Lower East Side's aptly named Economy Candy since I was a wee New Yorker. In fact, it was there when my grandma was a wee New Yorker — having opened in 1937.
Economy Candy is in fact economical, and there is a BOATLOAD of candy in there. Candy the likes of which you may not have seen since the good old days before fake baby bottles filled with crack-sugar were considered to be appropriate confections. And the sugar mecca's newest fan is First Daughter Malia Obama.
She was spotted there last Friday and somehow the cashier couldn't remember what she bought. Here's our speculations, based on our years of buying candy on Rivington and Essex:
- Giant jawbreakers
- Charms Sour Balls
- Necco Wafers
- Rock candy swizzle sticks for sleepover mocktails (obvi)
- A 5-pound thing of gummy lobsters
- A 10-pound thing of chile-mango Jelly Bellies
- European pastilles
- Chocolate-covered graham crackers
And all of a sudden I know what I'm doing after work today. It's not going to the gym.
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