Eating in New York is an experience in itself; and one I was very excited to have. I’d heard the stories people had recounted to me about the portion sizes and how everything was wickedly sweet, but if anything, this made me even more determined to have the biggest and most calorific thing I could find.
One of the spots my friend and I decided was a must see was the Cupcake ATM at Sprinkles cupcake shop. After following Google Maps most of the way up Lexington Avenue, we came across a big pink hole in the wall, complete with a very pleasing font pairing…
I got my credit card ready and followed the options then I was presented with several different cupcakes to choose from. I plumped for a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a marshmallow filling and after a few seconds the shutter to the right of the screen started to move and a box was presented to me!
Each cupcake is $4.50 which, I admit, is expensive for what you get – but hey, you’re in New York! It’s worth it for the photo! Be careful though, the ATM is on a busy street and I’m pretty sure we annoyed a lot of locals by getting in their way trying to take photos!
Dylan’s Candy Bar
The next stop on our unexpected sugar trail through New York was Dylan’s Candy Bar, which we stumbled upon on our way back from Sprinkles. Dylan’s Candy Bar is a two-story, candy-coloured, saccharin-sweet assault on the senses, but in the best possible way! There are sweets everywhere (even the walls and floor) in every flavour and shape imaginable. We spent about two hours in here because you could walk round for ages and spot something different every time!
I bought a lot of gifts for people in here, my favourites being pizza and bacon flavoured chocolate bars (both of which were suitably odd I was told!). But this extraordinary shop not only sells sweets and chocolate, but clothes, pyjamas, games, kitchenware, gifts – all with a sweet theme of course. The candy dressing gowns were my favourite!
The thing I loved most about this store though was the whole wall of small plastic containers all holding various sweets, each with a photo of a celebrity on the lid next to their signature. Each celeb had chosen their favourite candy and signed the box, so you could find out who liked the same as you!
The final stop on our quest for sugar was the enormous M&M World in Times Square. This store comprises 25,000 square feet of rainbow coloured sweets, merchandise and gifts and was the busiest place we went in the whole of New York City – and we’d just come from Times Square!
It was quite a change from the last sweet shop we’d just been in. We didn’t stay long, there were far too many people for my liking. But I loved the walls of M&Ms, and you could get every wonderful flavour you could think of, like pumpkin, caramel and pretzel!
I would definitely go back to New York just for the food! Have you ever been to one of these New York sweet spots, or do you have any recommendations for others like them?