While perusing the fascinating selection of sweets at Murray's Cheese in the West Village, I stopped in front of a set of Zzang candy bars by Zingerman's Bakehouse in Michigan. Priced at $4.99, each 2.5 ounce bar isn't exactly budget-friendly—but sometimes you just need to splurge. The bars come in three varieties: the Original (with honey nougat and caramel), What's the Fudge (with malted milk cream), Cashew Cow. I found the last to be most intriguing, coupling sweet and salty cashew brittle with milk chocolate cashew butter, gianduja, and crunchy roasted cashews—plus crisped rice and a smooth shell of dark chocolate. It's a whole lot to take in, but everything works together quite nicely.

The Zzang bars are perfect for dividing in half and sharing over a cup of hot coffee or tea at Amy's Bread two doors down. Between these, Tumabador chocolates, sea salt caramels, and Murray's housemade "meltshakes," this cheese shop has quickly become one of my top spots for sweets on the go.

Murray's Cheese Shop

254 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014 (map)


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