As much as we love chia seeds and hearty granola, sometimes the only suitable snack is of the chocolate, gummy or sour-grape variety. Below, the city's newest and most interesting candy-purveyors, for those times when a sugar-fix is of the utmost importance.
Sockerbit Swedish Fish fans will rejoice at this just-opened West Village sweets shop, where the walls are white and minimalist and colorful Scandinavian candy is sold by weight ($13 a pound). Nordic treats like huggamor cola (cola-flavored gummy snakes) and sockerbitar (the compressed marshmallows from which the store takes its name) had us filling our plastic bags to overflowing. Sockerbit, 89 Christopher St. (between Bleecker and W. Fourth sts.); 212-206-8170 or sockerbit.com
My Sweet Brigadeiro Brazil's iconic brigadeiro is a chocolate-and-milk concoction that falls (deliciously) somewhere between a pudding and a truffle. Rio native Paula Bobosa sells her chocolate, coconut and pistachio versions by the box ($12 and up) or jar ($7 and up) at the recently opened Battery Park Market. My Sweet Brigadeiro at the Battery Park Market, 77 Battery Pl. (at Third Pl.); 646-389-4111 or mysweetbrigadeiro.com
Brooklyn Hard Candy What happens when two Brooklyn-based culinary-school grads set out to make sweets? Adorably packaged, old timey hard candies, of course. The tangy bites ($8 a bottle)--which come in flavors like green apple or wild strawberry--make a great hostess gift or small, afternoon indulgence. Brooklyn Hard Candy, sold at various Brooklyn retailers and online; brooklynhardcandy.com