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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 19th 2011

A telethon, which was held for many years in a particular state for victims of cerebral palsy, had a song that they would sing as the children walked or were wheeled around the stage. The song was the organizers' and sponsors' way of thanking everyone who contributed or donated to the cerebral palsy telethon. One of the lines said that because people cared enough to give that someday the victims could "imagine walking to the candy store." Think how special that would have been and can still be for those children then and now.

If you live in New York City, you know that there are still candy shops that anyone can walk to. Imagine visiting New York City from that particular state that held the telethon, being old enough to remember that song, and finding yourself in front of one of New York City's best candy shops. Once you swallowed the lump in your throat and wiped the tears from your eyes, you could then enjoy getting to do just that. (If this is your situation, take a moment to give thanks that you are able to be "walking to the candy store").

Dylan's Candy Bar (two New York City locations)

If you live in the City, you can visit the store at 1011 3rd Avenue. If you live on Long Island, drop by the store located at 52 Main Street. (This is considered a "mini" Dylan's Candy Bar, but don't let the "mini" fool you. All the selections are still there).

Speaking of selections, you name it and Dylan's Candy Bar has it. Candy and chocolate isn't all that's for sale in the store, but that's what brings the majority of people in. And, it's no wonder, because you can choose from candy that you enjoyed when you were a kid to the latest in candy offerings. Pick and mix your own selections, or choose from pre-packaged items.

Dewey's, 141 Front Street, Brooklyn

Kiss your diet goodbye, at least for a little while, when you walk into Dewey's, because you're going to have too many choices to worry about your waistline. Choose from "old" favorites such as Mallo Cups or Sky Bars, or from the most recent candy offerings.

Shopping here is fun, because you get to dig through barrels and jars of candy (don't worry, health department regulations and precautions are observed.) Or, if you're a chocolate lover, just head straight to the back for your chocolate covered Oreos® and other delicious chocolate treats.

The Hershey's Store, 48th and Broadway

Yes, you're reading this right. It's a store that sells nothing but Hershey's chocolate products. And, there are 16 stories of them. Store hours are Sunday-Saturday from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM, so this gives you plenty of time to explore every nook and cranny of the Great American Chocolate Company (can I hear an "AMEN!")

During your visit, which will fit very nicely into your schedule, because it's located smack dab in the middle of Times Square, you can buy a huge Hershey's Kiss and literally make it your very own by personalizing it. You'll also enjoy the interactive exhibits and other fun things to do inside this store (if you can pull yourself away from the chocolate displays long enough).

Economy Candy, 108 Rivington Street

The Economy Candy Store opened in 1937, and still prides itself on being an "old-fashioned, family-owned" candy store. The owners have managed to keep up with the times (by offering sugar-free and low-calorie treats) while still retaining the old-timey feel.

You can choose your candies by color, if you prefer. Seriously, you pick out a color and buy candies that fit in that particular area of the color spectrum. Or, you can mix and match, just like you do clothes.
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Where: All over NYC
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