Sweet Life, The
Lower East Side
63 Hester St.
at Ludlow St.
A beloved Lower East Side destination since 1982, The Sweet Life is a charming, friendly shop that sells a wonderful and eclectic selection of candy, chocolate, dried fruits, tea and other favorite foods. Everything in the store seems to have been chosen for its quality, fun, temptation and comfort. Whatever your favorite sweet, they will have something to make you swoon.
The best brands of chocolates, including Callebaut, Michel Cluizel, Cote d'Or, and others. Organic chocolates and dried fruits and nuts. Popular candies including ones that are gummy or sour. Tea by the box or loose by the pound. Excellent imported coffees. Honey and cooking oils, including artisanal olive oils. And fun, sometimes outrageous, kids' candy favorites.
What to know:
The shop's sweets include ones that are kosher and sugar-free. They can put together gorgeous and caloric gift baskets, including ones full of old-fashioned brands or a selection that you can tailor for the recipient. If you're planning a party or a wedding, they have festive and elegant ideas, and they have special holiday favorites throughout the year. If you're looking for baking chocolate, they have a large selection and can help you choose what's best for your recipe.