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After several years of research, it's been determined that calories don't exist during the holiday season—or at least that's what you should choose to believe. Temptation is quite literally around every corner, and not just because of the amazing holiday sales going on. New York is filled with sweets shops that amp up their confections for the holiday season, and you'd be crazy not to take advantage of them just because you're worried about fitting into your New Year's Eve dress.

We've picked out 15 sweet spots around the city that are sure to bring holiday cheer to you and yours. From truffles filled with champagne to snow-covered cupcakes and more, there's something to satisfy every sweet tooth on your gift list—yes, even vegans. Check out our map after the jump to see where you can pick up these goodies. And come back next month for our map of best dental offices to get a cavity filled (just kidding!).


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1. Dylan's Candy Bar

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1011 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10065
(646) 735-0078
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This is pretty much the mecca of NYC confection destinations, but if you're steering clear to avoid the tourist scrum, you're missing out. Case(s) in point: paint cans filled with red and green Christmas tree gummies, gingerbread milk chocolate bars, and chocolate-dipped holiday cake pops are just some of the wintery treats offered. [Photo]

2. Lindt

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692 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 582-3047
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Go with one of many assortments of their famous Lindor truffles, with flavors like dark peppermint, sea salt, and stracciatella, ready to mix and match. If you're searching for a belated Hanukkah present, check out their Kosher offerings. [Photo]

3. Neuhaus

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500 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 644-4490
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We believe that Neuhaus roughly translates to "best chocolate ever" in English. If you're headed to a family-oriented holiday party, pick up the ornaments filled with assorted chocolates for the parents and Smurf-shaped confections in a tin for the kids. [Photo]

4. Teuscher Chocolates

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620 5th Ave
New York, NY 10020
(212) 246-4416
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Instead of grabbing a glass of champagne come midnight on the 31st, pick up a Teuscher signature champagne truffle instead (it's filled with Dom Perignon). And if one isn't enough, you can purchases a Christmas tree figurine decorated with them. [Photo]

5. Godiva Chocolatier

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650 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 664-1258
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When has a chocolate-covered strawberry from Godiva not screamed "celebration?" But if you're dead-set on holiday-themed confections, go for a stocking filled with milk chocolate-covered pretzels, a reindeer-shaped chocolate lollipop, or semi-solid chocolate Santa statues. [Photo]

6. Billy's Bakery

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184 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-9956
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For their cupcake of the month, this Chelsea institution looked to the North Pole for inspiration: a chocolate cake with mint white chocolate frosting, topped with peppermint crumbles. We dare you to not smile with Christmas joy when you eat this. [Photo]

7. SOCKERBIT Sweet & Swedish

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89 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-8170
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This Scandinavian-themed West Village shop is filled with smågodis—that's Swedish (or can we say "Sweetish") for "little sweets." For Christmas, find jars filled with nonpareils, cinnamon almonds, peppermint pillows, and a bunch of other hard-to-pronounce yet delicious confections. [Photo]

8. Macaron Parlour

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111 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009
(212) 387-9169
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This St. Mark's sweet spot is not jumping on the macaron bandwagon—they're leading it with inventive flavors like matcha, candied bacon with maple cream cheese, and even Cheetos (that includes Cheeto-infused white chocolate ganache). Liven up a holiday party with a box of red velvet and pistachio macs. [Photo]

9. Georgetown Cupcake

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111 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-4504
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While the DC transplant offers rotating flavors weekly and monthly, they really go all out for the holiday season. Their December menu includes chocolate egg nog, snowball coconut, cranberry spice, and several more. And at $2.75 a pop, it makes the perfect mid-afternoon sugary snack without breaking your holiday budget. [Photo]

10. Vosges Haut Chocolat

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132 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 625-2929
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Take advantage of their holiday chocolate bar bundle, with flavors like peppermint candy cane, marzipan, and gingerbread toffee, where you buy two bars and get the third for free. [Photo]

11. Balthazar Boulangerie

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1785
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Stop by the Soho bakery before heading to a really fancy Christmas party and impress your hostess with a yule log cake, a dozen petit fours, or a holiday fruitcake (that's not as dry as the one your grandma usually makes). [Photo]

12. Economy Candy

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108 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-1531
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Ever heard your grandpa yammer on about his favorite candy back in the day, or listen to cousin Amy's foreign-born BF reminisce about his favorite at-home treats? Chances are, Economy Candy carries it. Surprise them with a bulk bag under the tree this year. [Photo]

13. BabyCakes NYC

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248 Broome St
New York, NY 10002
(855) 462-2292
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Vegans, rejoice—holiday treats aren't exclusively for egg and milk consumers. Their seasonal menu includes gingerbread cupcakes sweetened with either agave syrup or unrefined sugar—and as a bonus, both versions are gluten-free. [Photo]

14. Jacques Torres Chocolate

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66 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 875-1269
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Why limit your sweets consumption just to the holiday season? Shower someone you truly love—yourself, maybe?—with the $540 "Chocolate All Year" subscription, with a new chocolaty package delivered the first week of each month. Or just go for moderation with an adorable chocolate snowman. [Photo]

15. Bien Cuit

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120 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 852-0200
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This Cobble Hill bakery will brighten your day—especially since the bright part of the day ends at 4:30pm now. Care for a chocolate buche du noel, a traditional Italian chocolate bread, or curry pecan sandies? They've got all that and more. Photo]

16. Schmidt's Candy

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(718) 846-9326
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Margie Schmidt now runs the Queens confectionary that her grandfather started back in 1925. Grab a Santa- or Christmas tree-shaped chocolate covered in red and green sprinkles, or show up to a party with a one-pound box of chocolates that's just $17. [Photo]

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1. Dylan's Candy Bar

1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065
This is pretty much the mecca of NYC confection destinations, but if you're steering clear to avoid the tourist scrum, you're missing out. Case(s) in point: paint cans filled with red and green Christmas tree gummies, gingerbread milk chocolate bars, and chocolate-dipped holiday cake pops are just some of the wintery treats offered. [Photo]
1011 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10065

2. Lindt

692 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Go with one of many assortments of their famous Lindor truffles, with flavors like dark peppermint, sea salt, and stracciatella, ready to mix and match. If you're searching for a belated Hanukkah present, check out their Kosher offerings. [Photo]
692 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

3. Neuhaus

500 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
We believe that Neuhaus roughly translates to "best chocolate ever" in English. If you're headed to a family-oriented holiday party, pick up the ornaments filled with assorted chocolates for the parents and Smurf-shaped confections in a tin for the kids. [Photo]
500 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022

4. Teuscher Chocolates

620 5th Ave, New York, NY 10020
Instead of grabbing a glass of champagne come midnight on the 31st, pick up a Teuscher signature champagne truffle instead (it's filled with Dom Perignon). And if one isn't enough, you can purchases a Christmas tree figurine decorated with them. [Photo]
620 5th Ave
New York, NY 10020

5. Godiva Chocolatier

650 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
When has a chocolate-covered strawberry from Godiva not screamed "celebration?" But if you're dead-set on holiday-themed confections, go for a stocking filled with milk chocolate-covered pretzels, a reindeer-shaped chocolate lollipop, or semi-solid chocolate Santa statues. [Photo]
650 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

6. Billy's Bakery

184 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
For their cupcake of the month, this Chelsea institution looked to the North Pole for inspiration: a chocolate cake with mint white chocolate frosting, topped with peppermint crumbles. We dare you to not smile with Christmas joy when you eat this. [Photo]
184 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

7. SOCKERBIT Sweet & Swedish

89 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
This Scandinavian-themed West Village shop is filled with smågodis—that's Swedish (or can we say "Sweetish") for "little sweets." For Christmas, find jars filled with nonpareils, cinnamon almonds, peppermint pillows, and a bunch of other hard-to-pronounce yet delicious confections. [Photo]
89 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

8. Macaron Parlour

111 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
This St. Mark's sweet spot is not jumping on the macaron bandwagon—they're leading it with inventive flavors like matcha, candied bacon with maple cream cheese, and even Cheetos (that includes Cheeto-infused white chocolate ganache). Liven up a holiday party with a box of red velvet and pistachio macs. [Photo]
111 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

9. Georgetown Cupcake

111 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
While the DC transplant offers rotating flavors weekly and monthly, they really go all out for the holiday season. Their December menu includes chocolate egg nog, snowball coconut, cranberry spice, and several more. And at $2.75 a pop, it makes the perfect mid-afternoon sugary snack without breaking your holiday budget. [Photo]
111 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

10. Vosges Haut Chocolat

132 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Take advantage of their holiday chocolate bar bundle, with flavors like peppermint candy cane, marzipan, and gingerbread toffee, where you buy two bars and get the third for free. [Photo]
132 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

11. Balthazar Boulangerie

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Stop by the Soho bakery before heading to a really fancy Christmas party and impress your hostess with a yule log cake, a dozen petit fours, or a holiday fruitcake (that's not as dry as the one your grandma usually makes). [Photo]
80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

12. Economy Candy

108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Ever heard your grandpa yammer on about his favorite candy back in the day, or listen to cousin Amy's foreign-born BF reminisce about his favorite at-home treats? Chances are, Economy Candy carries it. Surprise them with a bulk bag under the tree this year. [Photo]
108 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

13. BabyCakes NYC

248 Broome St, New York, NY 10002
Vegans, rejoice—holiday treats aren't exclusively for egg and milk consumers. Their seasonal menu includes gingerbread cupcakes sweetened with either agave syrup or unrefined sugar—and as a bonus, both versions are gluten-free. [Photo]
248 Broome St
New York, NY 10002

14. Jacques Torres Chocolate

66 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Why limit your sweets consumption just to the holiday season? Shower someone you truly love—yourself, maybe?—with the $540 "Chocolate All Year" subscription, with a new chocolaty package delivered the first week of each month. Or just go for moderation with an adorable chocolate snowman. [Photo]
66 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

15. Bien Cuit

120 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
This Cobble Hill bakery will brighten your day—especially since the bright part of the day ends at 4:30pm now. Care for a chocolate buche du noel, a traditional Italian chocolate bread, or curry pecan sandies? They've got all that and more. Photo]
120 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

16. Schmidt's Candy

94-15 Jamaica Avenue Woodhaven, NY 11421
Margie Schmidt now runs the Queens confectionary that her grandfather started back in 1925. Grab a Santa- or Christmas tree-shaped chocolate covered in red and green sprinkles, or show up to a party with a one-pound box of chocolates that's just $17. [Photo]