Time Out New York Feb. 14, 2002
The Sweet Life
It's no wonder stylists at Martha Stewart Living turn to the Sweet Life for inspiration - the atmosphere looks like a Hollywood movie set. Old-fashioned bulk-candy bins lining the walls overflow with childhood delights like malted-milk balls, Bing cherries and nonpareils. The owners stock many of the same European imports found on Madison Avenue, but this Lower East Side shop offers them for almost half the price;everything ranges between $3.99 and $17 per pound. A tray of free samples is filled with the duo's own homemade milk and dark chocolates, typically loaded with nuts or cloaking a slice of dried fruit- don't pass up the dipped orange slices or Turkish apricots. For Valentine's Day, the Sweet Life offers standard fare such as chocolate roses and champagne flavored gumdrops, but here you can definately get more for your money-and your honey.
Best Candy Store - The Sweet Life
Some twenty years ago, the Sweet Life opened in the heart of the Lower East Side. An adorable candy store that has decidedly offbeat offerings: milk chocolate Band Aids, a Bible Bar containing the seven foods of Deuteronomy (wheat, barley, raisins, honey, figs, pomegranites, and olive oil), traditionally salty Dutch Licorice and Turkish Delight.
InStyle Magazine November 2004
As the party season heats up, remember the mark of the polite guest: a thoughtful hostess gift. The ideal present reflects the receipient's taste and has a connection to a home. It should be special and a bit indulgent. For inspiration turn to the Sweet Life's dried fruit assortment.
Daily News Sunday Nov. 21, 2004
Gifts To Tickle The Tongue and the Imagination by Joe Dziemianowicz
Tray Chic - The tray is the thing when it's filled with delicious dried fruit(apricots, peaches, pears and prunes) and nuts (sesame-honey almonds, pecans and cashews). $39.00 at The Sweet Life,63 Hester Street(at Ludlow) 212-598-0092
Zagat Survey 2005
New York City Gourmet Marketplace - The Sweet Life
"You name it, they have it" is the word on this Lower East Side candy store, where the guiding aim is "more variety and better quality" in everything from chocolate hand-dipped "at the shop" to "your favorite obscure" item shipped in from "other parts of the world"; boosters will bet their sweet lives on the "yummy" supply of dried fruits, jelly beans, licorice and Gummies.
Better Homes and Garden February 2006
The front cover is photographed with The Sweet Life silver dragee beads on a Valentine's Day cookie.
Vanity Fair , March 2006
The Swingin' Lower East Side
If it's what you desire, you can live on Manhattan's Lower East Side in a bubble of funky but chic lifestyle choices. The Sweet Life is the place to go , where anything that can be dipped in chocolate is.
New York Times Magazine, Women's Fashion Spring 2006
Julia Leach Creative Director For Kate Spade - "My favorite accessory is a bag of pistachios from The Sweet Life, 63 Hester Street, NYC 10002
In Style Magazine May 2006
You can have these fat-free black licorice fish delivered straight to your doorstep. Treat yourself to a bag or two of Katjes Salzige Heringe from The Sweet Life, a lower east side candy shop in New York City.
New York Magazine May 8, 2006
The Lower - Lower East Side- How Low Can You Go?
The Sweet Life 63 Hester Street,at Ludlow St. 1-800-692-6887 Sugar aficionados get hives just looking at the buckets and buckets of honey glazed pecans, giant swirl lollipops, Pez dispensers, halvah, and turkish delight in the window.
Martha Stewart Living June 2006
15 Years Of The Best Sources
We've been lucky enough to meet many professionals who are the top in their fields. You our readers inquire about these sources often. Here, we assemble eighty of the suppliers we've shopped and learned from, time and again. Food and Entertaining - The Sweet Life, New York, NY, www.sweetlifeny.com, Filled to the rafters with every kind of candy.
The Onion / Onion.com November 9, 2006
Another family-run store, The Sweet Life, has occupied its Lower East Side Location for nearly 25 years. It's small and organized place filled with homemade treats like "Softy Pops" (a chocolate covered marshmallow stick) and seasonal pumpkin pie fudge made on the premises. Typical hard candies and gummies rub up against novelties like chocolate band aids and sardines. You can always redeem your guilt with a Bible Bar featuring the seven foods of Deuteronomy.
Lucky Magazine May 2007
The Sweet Life is an adorable, old school candy shop that sells the most delicious dried fruit. I stock up on candy ginger and pineapple for garnishing drinks - they're always a huge hit. 63 Hester Street 212-598-0092 - Page 244