I was in New York City for just one day with my 13-year-old daughter, and her only goal was to visit all the best Times Square candy shops. She was not looking for the small, unique chocolate shops (there are many of those as well). She wanted to visit M&M’s World, the Hershey store, and Dylan’s Candy Bar.
We spent an entire afternoon exploring those three shops, and here is what we learned.
Dylan’s Candy Bar
My daughter had high expectations for Dylan’s Candy Bar after hearing about it from her friends, and it didn’t disappoint. This two-story candy shop was filled with beautiful colors and unique candies. I thought the in-store chocolate fountain where you can dip strawberries and marshmallows while you shop was a fun touch. There is an ice cream sundae shop on the third level but it was closed the day we were there and we didn’t get to enjoy it.
My daughter’s favorite thing about Dylan’s was finding so many varieties in candy all in one two-story shop. I loved the nostalgia candy section and had a great time introducing her to Big Hunk candy bars, Fruit Stripe gum, and “cigarettes gum”. She was shocked that candy cigarettes even existed, and couldn’t believe that all the kids tried them back in the day. Not sure that was ever a good idea, but it was a trip down memory lane for me. We had a good time laughing and trying new treats at Dylan’s.
You can find nearly any kind of candy here, and that is the appeal of Dylan’s Candy Bar. But bring you wallet because Dylan’s is not cheap.
M&Ms World has wow factor. This colorful store is decorated in M&M themes and paraphenalia in every nook and cranny. We loved looking at M&M-themed umbrellas, beach towels, pajamas, t-shirts, socks, pencil cases, toys, and so many other things. We left with different colored M&Ms shirts for all my kids, which made a great souvenir.
My daughter’s favorite part was filling her own bag with M&Ms of any color. We got a bag of our high school colored M&Ms for one daughter, and I filled a bag of baby blue and white for a baby shower I was attending. You can get M&Ms of any shape, color and size from these colorful tubes lining the walls on every level.
On the top floor of M&Ms World, we discovered a stop where you can select whatever color M&Ms you want and personalize them with whatever you would like. We grabbed pictures with the M&Ms Statue of Liberty at M&Ms World and decided this was one of our favorite New York City candy shops.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Hershey’s Chocolate World was underwhelming after visiting M&Ms World and Dylan’s Candy Bar. We had high hopes for Hershey’s since we love Hershey, Pennsylvania, but while they had plenty of chocolate, they didn’t have the wow factor that the other two Times Square candy shops did. Perhaps if we had gone here first, it would have impressed us more, but as it was, it was just a nice shop.
You can buy all the Hershey candy that you want here and it is more reasonably priced that much of the Times Square candy shops, but Hershey’s Chocolate World didn’t have the Wow factor that M&Ms World had. There was a long line to make your own Hershey kiss but we didn’t wait in it. A visit to Hershey, PA, is a much more impressive outing, so if you are short on time, this is a shop you can skip.
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