Candy Shops in Newark
Cookies and cupcakes and custard, oh my! Brick City is a veritable chocolate factory of gooey goodness, so it makes the perfect destination when it’s time to indulge your sweet tooth. Like us, you may have just made some healthy New Year’s resolutions, but not to worry! There’s nothing like bringing in a New Year on a sweet note.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect hostess gift or a sugary fix in the middle of your day, you’re in luck! Newark has some of the tastiest dessert offerings in the Garden State. The holidays may be over but if visions of sugarplums are still dancing in your head, check out our Glambassador’s Guide to the sweetest treats in the city.
Teixiera Bakery, 184 Ferry Street – Ask anyone in the Ironbound where to get the best pasteis de nata and they will send you directly to Teixiera (pronounced Tay-share-ah) Bakery on Ferry Street. Freshly baked on the premises and served warm, the popular Portuguese custard cups have a flaky crust, creamy egg custard filling and a caramelized surface. Pro tip: buy a dozen to take home and freeze so you can experience a little slice of heaven anytime you have a craving!
Nasto’s Ice Cream, 236 Jefferson Street – Established in 1939, you might recognize the name from the episode of the Sopranos where Tony remembers his dad coming home after being arrested one day and nonchalantly saying, "I stopped at Nasto's, got you some cherry vanilla."
This family-owned, old school ice cream shop boasts a variety of unique and seasonal flavors including Sweet Corn, Avocado, Holy Cannoli and Salted Caramel Pretzel. With a thick, custard-like consistency and big portions, the housemade ice cream is perfect anytime of year.
Sweet Retreat Boutique, 17-21 Academy Street – Cupcake shops are all the rage, but this Downtown destination keeps it interesting with one-of-a-kind flavors like Papaya, Mountain Dew, Ginger, Carrot, Red Velvet, Pineapple Cream Cheese, Caramel Corn and Banana Split.
Not too big and not too small, these moist and flavorful cupcakes are the perfect size for post-lunch snacking. Most have a surprise filling and a candy or cookie topping that takes these cakes to the next level.
Calandra’s Italian & French Bakery, 204 1st Avenue – Native Newarkers know, when you’re looking for the perfect cake for a sweet celebration, head straight to Calandra’s! A Newark institution for over 50 years, Calandra’s boasts an amazing selection of seriously delicious baked goods.
Many come to Calandra’s for the fresh bread, but don’t bypass the cakes! Moist and full of flavor, you can’t go wrong with the cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate cake, cannoli cake and tres leches cake…so yum! Pick one up for any occasion or no occasion at all.
Giodocinhos, 109 Monroe Street – Docinhos are what Brazilians call “sweets” and Newark’s own Giodocinho’s is chock full of sweet bites that will put an instant smile on your face. Stop by to sample an extensive selection of Portuguese truffles like Strawberries with Belgian Brigadier (chocolate fudge covered berries rolled in sprinkles), Brigadeiro de Milho Verde (creamed corn truffle), Palha Italiana (Italian Straw or biscuits and chocolate), Cuscuz De Tapioca (Couscous Tapioca), Leite Ninho Com Nutella (Nest Milk with Nutella) and Pao de Mel (Honey Bread).
Edo’s Dessert Lounge, 17 Academy Street - Located in the Academy Building in Downtown Newark, this newly opened sweet spot boasts amazing desserts and an even more fabulous ambiance.
Take a midday coffee break and enjoy a slice of cheesecake, a flaky lobster tail or a peanut butter brownie in the cozy atmosphere of this lounge. Edo’s even hosts special events like sip and paint parties and open mic nights with a confectionery twist. Delicious!
Suissa Bakery & Coffee Shop, 57 Pacific Street – This cute Portuguese coffee shop in the Ironbound was a well-kept secret, that is, until it was named one of New Jersey’s 20 best bakeries by NJ.com in 2014. The word is out but the product is the same: fresh, delicious pastries that are traditional to Brazil.
Our favorite? The “sonho” (or "dream" in Portuguese), a light-as-air, deep-fried doughnut with a sugar coating that melts in your mouth. Bet you can’t eat just one!
A few more spots that deserve an honorable mention on our dessert tour of Newark:
Art Kitchen, 61 Halsey Street - Cupcakes
Sabor Unido, 77 Jefferson Street – Flan, Bavaroise
Taste Venue, 47 Edison Place – Fried Banana Cheesecake
Do you have a favorite sweet treat in the city? Let us know on Twitter @NewarkHappening and @Inawordfab. Here’s to a candy-coated New Year!
Lauren Craig, also known as InaWordFab, is the Glambassador of all things fashion, art and entertainment in Newark. When she isn't busy practicing law or watching reality television, Lauren is devoted to inspiring others to live their most fab and fulfilling life...and world peace. Visit inawordfab.com for more and be sure to follow her life in the fab lane @inawordfab on Twitter and Instagram.