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Where to Satisfy Your Holiday Sweet Tooth in NYC

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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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Dylan's Candy Bar

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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]
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]

Neuhaus

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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]

Teuscher Chocolates

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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]

Godiva Chocolatier

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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]

Billy's Bakery

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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]

SOCKERBIT Sweet & Swedish

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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]

Macaron Parlour

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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]

Georgetown Cupcake

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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]

Vosges Haut Chocolat

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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]

Balthazar Boulangerie

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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]

Economy Candy

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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]

BabyCakes NYC

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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]

Jacques Torres Chocolate

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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]

Bien Cuit

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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]

Schmidt's Candy

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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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Dylan's Candy Bar

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]

Lindt

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]

Neuhaus

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]

Teuscher Chocolates

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]

Godiva Chocolatier

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]

Billy's Bakery

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]

SOCKERBIT Sweet & Swedish

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]

Macaron Parlour

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]

Georgetown Cupcake

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]

Vosges Haut Chocolat

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]

Balthazar Boulangerie

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]

Economy Candy

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]

BabyCakes NYC

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]

Jacques Torres Chocolate

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]

Bien Cuit

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]

Schmidt's Candy

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]