In my adventures around SoHo this weekend, I stumbled upon Papabubble-- makers of the sweetest little candies I've ever seen! They make their hard candies by hand in the shop, and have samples out for you to try. I hesitantly tried their watermelon, salt & hot pepper flavor, and was surprised that I liked it so much. It was a mostly watermelon flavor with a zing of spice when you bit into it. The back wall of the store is lined with shelves that hold jars upon jars of sweets:
Most of their candies bear tiny illustrations or words; a jar of candies that say "thank you!" would be a unique way to show someone your appreciation. They also offer customized messages/colors/flavors that would be perfect for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, or just 'cause. I left with a jar of the mixed fruit candies, after not being able to pick a favorite. They're so yum!
Their store is located on Broome Street, and they're open from noon to 9p Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6p Sunday, closed Monday.