Sad but true: it’s socially unacceptable to panhandle candy from neighbors past a certain age. And engaging in thinly-veiled blackmail (threatening “tricks” in absence of “treats”) is especially unbecoming in the over 10-year-old set. So if you’re destined to shell out money for your sugar rush this Halloween, you might as well embrace being an adult, passing over Krackles, Tootsie Rolls and Skittles for the following, made-in-BK sweets.
Scope out this brilliant Bay Ridge candy man’s special Halloween creation, tucked amongst the raspberry bon bons, sea salt caramels and espresso cups—we’re talking delicate chocolate skulls with an eerie pallor of powdered sugar, injected with Michter’s Sour Mash.
278 87th St., Bay Ridge
Black licorice is a slog, and Twizzlers are a red 40-dyed delivery system for corn syrup. Thankfully, this former Smorg vendor turned wholesaler (get the goods at Sahadi’s, Urban Market, Whole Foods and R&D Foods) serves as happy medium, dispensing small batch sticks made with real fruit, such as cherry, strawberry, raspberry and mango.
Fany Gerson has long been an ambassador of Mexican sweets in Brooklyn, including coconut, cajeta and chile-infused paletas at La Newyorkina, and hubcap-sized hibiscus, horchata and dulce de leche donuts at Dough. And with the recent launch of her tiny tiendita in Red Hook, she’s turned her attention to exotic confections as well, many of them especially well suited for fall: think naranjitas (spicy candied orange peels), pepitas (sugar and spiced pumpkin seeds), palanquetas (pumpkin seed brittle) and alegrias—crunchy bundles of puffed amaranth and chocolate.
61 Commerce St., Red Hook
Cacao Prieto’s single origin Dominican beans-to-bar chocolate—infused with complex flavors like orchid, mandarin-bergamot and even absinthe—is an utterly adult substitute for Hershey’s, especially when coupled with a flask of Widow Jane from the adjoining distillery.
218 Conover St., Red Hook
While best known for their bespoke cotton candy and sno cones, Handsome Dan’s also offers stylish mason jars stuffed with color-coordinated sweets: get into the spirit of the season with an all-black collection of licorice, taffy, blackberries and jelly beans.
218 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg