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Magnolia Bakery, Manhattan Digest
Credit to: Magnolia Bakery

Let’s face it, when it comes to the “C” words- cookies, chocolate, candy, cupcakes and more, you can’t get any better than New York City.  Each part of the city has something wonderfully concocted for you to try, where upon arrival you get the sense that you are being welcomed into your very own “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory”.  So which ones stand out more than others?  We have found the definitive list that will get your blood sugar rushing and your mouth salivating, just from the pictures alone.

Take a look at a couple of the ones that we think should pique your sweet interest the next time you are nearby each location.  You will leave feeling happy, satisfied, and that much closer to your next cavity. Hehe.

Credit: Firstwefeast.com
Credit: Firstwefeast.com

Treat House- 452 Amsterdam Avenue

As someone who grew up loving a variety of sweets, one particular kind of sweet that always seemed to tickle my palate fancy is the Rice Krispie Treat.  Heck, its something I still enjoy at my job almost every weekday.  So Treat House, located in the heart of the Upper West Side, came up with some really unique spins on the classic and turned it into something delectable for each person to enjoy.  This includes Birthday Cake, Caramel Sea Salt, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream and more. Yummy indeed.  Check out their official site for more information.

Credit to: Levain Bakery
Credit to: Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery- `167 West 74th Street

When you are consistently featured on the top NYC television affiliates and on a little show called “Oprah”, you must be doing something right.  And Levain is, in many different ways.  With two locations in The Upper West Side and Harlem, this sweet spot has people lining up down the corner for its world famous Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie, as well as other delectables such as their Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Sticky Bun and Country Rolls.  Absolutely delicious and worth the wait in line.  Heck, just stare at photos of their cookies to keep you patient while waiting. Take a look at their official site for more information.

H Bake Shop, Manhattan Digest, Huascar Aquino
H Bake Shop

H Bake Shop- Available online, new location TBD.

If you are going to win the Food Network show “Cupcake Wars”, then you are going to seriously need to back up that win with some freaking delicious cupcakes.  And boy, oh boy, does Huascar Aquino deliver and so much more.  H Bake shop, which used to be located on W. 57th Street, is in the process of finding a new location for its heavenly treats for you to devour and enjoy.  I highly recommend trying their PB&J Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie and Scarlet Velvet, as each will make you want to jump out your seat and start doing a happy dance.  Can’t wait to see when Huascar breaks new ground and continues along his amazing journey.  For more information log on to their official site.

Magnolia Bakery, Manhattan Digest
Credit to: Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery- Multiple Locations

Don’t just take Carrie Bradshaw’s word for it.  Magnolia Bakery, which shot to worldwide fame due to Carrie eating their pink cupcake on an episode of “Sex And The City”, backs itself up in many different ways that have allowed this one off shop to turn into an international sweet phenomenon.  There are so many amazing staples that you can get here, but I would recommend the classics from their Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Red Velvet Cupcake, and the best thing ever- Banana Pudding.  Now with an added location in Penn Station, Long Islanders have no excuse to stop for a delicious treat on their way home or into a fun day in the city.  For more information, check out their official site.

Schmackary's
Schmackary’s

Schmackary’s- 362 West 45th Street

I had no idea about Schmackary’s existence, until I went to a friend’s birthday party a couple of years ago and tried one out.  Little did I know the sugar seizure that I was about to have, which left me in a state of pure cookie delirium.  Schmackary’s, located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, is a small yet powerful bakery that specializes in over forty five different types of cookies.  Which ones standout in my eyes? My two favorite are their Maple Bacon and Funfetti, but you choose which one will be your best.  One of the best reasons to visit Hell’s Kitchen, in my opinion.  For more information, check out their official site.