As an absolute expert of edible drink straws and caramel marshmallows, Hammond's Candies is also home to the "heavyweight champion" of lollipops. They've been perfecting lollipops since 1920 and the giant Birthday Cake Lollipop beats them all — it's roughly 800 lollipops rolled into one.
It's just not the holidays until Bobby gets his coconut gold bars from Fran's Chocolates in Seattle. Known the world over for her extravagant chocolate confections, Fran hand-makes these gold-wrapped bars of creamy coconut and white chocolate. As Bobby says, they’re dangerously addictive.
Head to this New York dessert spot for indulgent treats like a frozen hot chocolate that Rachael says is worth the wait for a table. Want to really go all-out? Order the $1,000 Golden Opulence sundae (which requires 48-hour notice). It features Tahitian vanilla ice cream, Amedei Porcelana and Chuao chocolate, candied fruit from France, caviar injected with Armagnac, and as much edible gold as possible.
This old-fashioned candy shop has been serving up 29 flavors of popcorn, including Cheddar Ranch, Cookies & Dream, and Jalapeno, for 15 years. If you can't visit their Chicago-area store, order your favorite flavor online. Rachael recommends Macadamia Magic, which she calls "buttery and delicious."
Got a hankering for smoked turkey? Dr. Barbecue (Ray Lampe) will prescribe you a visit to this family-run restaurant, which he says serves the "juiciest turkey you’re ever going to eat." Another must-try is the smoked chicken, which is locally sourced and served with a tangy white barbecue sauce.
A Financial District institution, Delmonico’s is one of the most influential restaurants in the United States. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt sat in its mahogany-covered dining room to feast on signatures like steak and lobster newberg.
Bobby's dream of inventing his own ice cream flavor came true at the Ben & Jerry's headquarters: buttermilk blueberry cheesecake. Dessert lovers can take the full behind-the-scenes factory tour to see how their favorite flavors are made and stop by the gift shop to take a pint (or three) to go.
If the decor doesn't evoke memories of yesteryear, maybe the signature Icebox Cake with whipped cream and chocolate wafer cookies will. Or, like Bobby on Boy Meets Grill, snag a vanilla cupcake after buying a pecan pie. Who could blame you? Billy's has become one of New York's sweetest sensations.
Known for his inventive menus, David Burke has consistently wowed diners with his "Willy Wonka" confections. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Scott Conant did a double-take when dipping his cheesecake lollipops in bubblegum-flavored whipped cream. No blowing bubbles!
Fans of French dip sandwiches have Philippe Mathieu to thank. As the story goes, in 1918 Mathieu accidentally dropped a French roll into the roasting pan. The customer didn't mind the wet bun and today, neither does Wolfgang Puck, who likes his sandwich with horseradish mustard.
Although Vosges Haut-Chocolat creates more than 18 million pieces of edible chocolates a year, each piece still has an unmistakable flavor. As Adam Gertler discovered, come the Easter Season, they wow customers with their bacon and egg chocolates infused with liquid smoke.
In a "twist of fate" Eleni turned her side baking business into a million-dollar New York success. Her hand-iced cookies have been called "conversation cookies" for their level of detail, whimsical shape and pop-culture decals. Not a cookie fan? Her towering cupcakes are just as sweet.